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Turkey Hotdogs

For Gerber Graduates Lil’ Sticks Meat Sticks in Turkey

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I find it funny that even though it says Turkey, the first ingredient is pork, then beef, then ground turkey. I also think that one jar of meat sticks is too much for one meal. He eats one to two sticks at every meal. He really enjoyed them and I bought the jar of chicken sticks, which are only made of chicken. I think maybe because they are called meat sticks, they put other “meat” in it? I don’t know, but that is very misleading. This is why I encourage everyone to read labels. You never really know what you are actually eating, until then. These sticks are great to have around for a quick meal. Dean will have them whole, steamed with veggies, or I’ll cut them up and fry them a bit in the pan. He loves them any way you make them.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3

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A Day Off Haul

Yesterday, I finally took my little one apple picking at the end of the season. I strapped him to my chest in his carrier and he managed to slap a few apples off the tree. We have about 5 baby apples, which were the ones Dean “picked”. The orchard had a little store and you buy your apple bag first and then go picking, which is different from other places. Other places give you a bag and then weigh your apples afterward. I only paid 11.99 plus tax (for the bag, which was only about a quarter).

We had a great time picking our own apples, which were Red Delicious, MAC, Fuji, Pink Lady, Macoun, and Courtland. Only Red Delicious, Pink Lady, and Courtland are in season, but we managed to pick a few good ones still remaining on the other trees. They had a beautiful store of already picked apples, a bakery, and tons of homemade canned goods. They are opened year round, so I’ll definitely be back.

I had to buy a few things from the store, of course! I bought a 1/2 gallon of apple cider, because the one at Walmart sucks and I wanted to see if there was a difference. This was even cheaper than Walmart at 3.75 USD. I really wanted to try some apple butter, but they were all out. I opted for apricot butter instead, which I hope will taste amazing on my morning toast. It was 2.85 for 9 oz, which is a steal! The big jar of apricot preserves was 6.20 for a pound! My dad and I love apricots, so we had to get this. I also bought an apple cider powered doughnut and a piece of apple crisp, not pictured because it was gone in the car. 🙂 From there, I went to Walmart for some food essentials and odds and ends.

These were on a little clearance food display for a dollar a piece. I got both varieties to put in a little glass bowl at my desk at work for a little chocolate pick-me-up. It was really cheap, so I was like “Why not?”. I’ve never had these flavors before.

This is the NUK Learning Cup, which is essentially a sippy cup with a bottle nipple like spout. I think that Dean will take to this one a lot better. It is most similar to a bottle, so I’m hoping it will be a smooth transition and that he will immediately take to it. It’s a little girly, but this was the only design they had. If he takes to it, I will invest in some boy ones for him. My goal is to get rid of the bottles by 1 years old. Hopefully, he likes this one and after he’s one, we will learn how to use a regular cup. Maybe, he will use the 360 cup then, because he would be older and can figure it out better. I’ll be sure to review the bottles that he uses (Parent’s Choice), before I get rid of them.

I am definitely coming down with something. I’ve had massive migraines, stuffy noise, and sore throat. I bought hand sanitizer for my desk at work to keep myself as protected as possible. I need gentle medicine, since I am still breast feeding. The Equate version of Thereaflu is a lot cheaper and works just as well. I used a packet last night and it tastes just like a sweetened cup of tea. It took care of my stuffy noise and sore throat. I wish I bought more than one box, but hopefully, I don’t have a cold for very long. I’m taking the second packet in an hour or so. Like I said, I have to be very careful with how much and what type of medicine that I use while breast feeding. I do better with drinkable meds than pills anyways. I’ve always used meds that dissolve in water, once I found out that they worked better for me than traditional pills.

pens

I love the PaperMate InkJoy pens a lot. The packet of pens that I bought for school are almost running out, so I needed replacements fast. I’m through half the course and I already filled up my notebook as well. These pens were cheap at under 4 USD. I have a few more colors as well such as light green and brown to color code with. I might need to replace my highlighters as well, since they aren’t working as well as before.

Well, that is my little Friday haul. I hope you all enjoyed it. I enjoyed my day off yesterday and I hope I can be just as productive the rest of this weekend.

With Love ❤

Selena

 

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#PumpingGoals *Day 11*

There is nothing more satisfying as a nursing/pumping mommy than a chest freezer full of milk. I’m so proud of us that we have made it this far nursing when others don’t come any wheres close to us. Dean is 6 months old and prefers breast over bottle, but when I’m out working, he really has no choice. He has started eating solid foods, so he is no longer exclusively breast feed (ebf). He has never even taken a sip of formula! I’m a proud mommy about that. I understand that others have struggled with breastfeeding and needed to supplement. That was never the case with us. I had a major oversupply that just recently regulated, hence a freezer full of milk. I still pump more than what he needs while I’m at work. I pump twice at work and at the end of the week, I usually have 30 ounces frozen. He usually eats 16 ounces while I’m at work, sometimes more and sometimes less.

Chest Freezer

I needed to buy a chest freezer for all of that milk. Yes, I still put a few other non-milk items in there, but it was bought for my breast milk. I plan on breast feeding until Dean is 1 years old. I will then take the 6 months to wean him off using the frozen milk. Every Monday that I work, I thaw frozen milk for the day the day before. If I have Monday off, then Tuesday is frozen milk day and so forth. The first work day of the week is always frozen, the rest of the week is fresh from pumping once before work and twice during.

I use the oldest milk first and thaw out the milk in a ring so it thaws out evenly and slowly. I find that this is the best method, since bags do leak sometimes. This catches leaks and condensation. I personally don’t use the bags that leak as food, but I will throw it into his tub for moisturizing purposes.

Bottles do take up space in your fridge, but I only keep a days worth of milk. Never more than 4 or 5 bottles in there at a time. As you can see, I had five dirty bottles one day. Between the bottles, their cap, nipple tops, and pump parts, it makes a whole boiling pot. I boil the bottles and pump parts at the end of the day with soap in the pot. Then, I just scrub and rinse once the pot cools. I wash and prepare the bottles, since my dad does the work of feeding and taking care of him 5 days a week while I work.

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I like to organize my milk bags by month and then by days. This ensures that I use the oldest milk first and I found that it organizes my 5.2 cu Haier Chest freezer the best. The gallon freezer bags can fit 10 to 20 frozen bags of milk. Nowadays, I freeze 6 ounce bags, because I feel that freezing any less is wasteful of the bags.

I organize my freezer as follows. I keep the oldest milk that I am going to use immediately in the little white basket. It comes from whichever gallon bag that I opened up for milk that week. It can take a few weeks to use up the milk in the bag, because the milk bags are all different ounces. My oldest milk is from February. I have the oldest milk on top. So, I have two bags of Feb in one corner and three bags of march on the other side of the white basket. Underneath that is two layers of bags with milk from March, April, May, and June. My little bit of July lives on top with March, until I fill it up. I know I am very lucky to have all of this milk. I probably have about 1,000 ounces stored. I rotate through the stash to keep it fresh. I’m saving the milk for when I start to wean him off at a year old. I want him to still have mostly breast milk and slowly wean to almond milk and then to whole milk. If any mothers have any questions, I’m here to help.

With Love ❤

Selena