…And I feel Guilty.
(Alternative title: “Sometimes Reading Mom Blogs Makes Me Feel Bad About Myself Part 1”)
I never really gave much thought to baby food, to be honest. But then once I got pregnant, I started reading a lot of mom blogs and one thing I noticed is that most of these moms made their kid’s food themselves. In fact, they made it sound so easy that I thought for sure I’d be doing it too. Now, fast-forward 10 months and what does my baby get? Food from a jar or a pouch. Sure, it’s organic (is that just another word for expensive?) but it’s still not homemade.
And I continue to read more mom blogs in which the moms steam, puree and do whatever else to their baby’s food themselves. And I continue to feel bad about my parenting skills. The thing is, my husband and I rarely ever cook for ourselves and even though we want to do right by Peanut, we’re finding it harder than we expected to cook for her. I’m not sure why this is but I do know that I feel seriously guilty about it. We make sure that she doesn’t get food that has sugar in it or any processed junk but we both know that it would still be better for her to be getting fresh food made just for her. (Wouldn’t it? Does anybody have evidence otherwise? If so, I’d love to know, if only to ease my guilt.)
Over the weekend, we realized that we’re only weeks away from cutting out breastmilk and formula; I don’t think we really knew that formula is only intended for the first year and with my plan of only nursing/pumping until Peanut’s first birthday, that will now leave us with only solid food for her whole source of nutrition. And we’re totally freaked out. There’s something a little bit comforting with knowing that if we happen to miss a meal or just don’t feel like going through the whole messy saga of a feeding, we can just give her an extra bottle and she’ll be ok. But soon we won’t be able to do that and now we’re feeling extra bad about feeding her from jars and pouches.
Anybody have any easy recipes so we can ease our way into making food? Any words of advice or motivation would help too!