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Anyone else having 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc kids tend to food/meal hoard about now?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

At first I thought this was due to my youngest two have very very limited diets and my fear of someone feeding them something after baby came and I was tired, that would make them sick. But DH pointed out that I did this last pregnancy, which was before either girl was diagnosed and our diets were normal.

 

I obsessively cook and freeze meals. I hoard TP and shampoo and make sure there is enough food ready to roll for a long time.  It is a total compulsion!  The upside is we eat well with no stress for 2 months after baby.  The down side is I feel Crazy, lol.  DH is like, listen, we have 4 huge groceries within a 1 mile radius. My parents are down the road. Really, if we need rice milk 4 weeks after baby comes, someone can grab it or I can stay with the kids while you leave for 10 mins to run up to the store.

 

But I still am obsessively cooking and hoarding.  Anyone else with a weird nesting tendency?

post #2 of 18

I wish. I'm not nesting at all. I had a day about 2 weeks ago then I was sore the next day from all of my moving. If picking out baby names is considered a nesting instinct.... I haven't even started that yet.

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

If it makes you feel better, I have done nothing to prep for baby, only food prep, lol.  I am still in denial about another heartbeat in the house.

post #4 of 18

I am feeling the pressure to make food. Right now though, I am obsessed with making sure we have baby clothes, making baby clothes, and trying to figure out when my sister should come up to help. Wish I could guess when she will be born, that would be a lot easier.

post #5 of 18

 I don't call that hoarding; I call it preparedness!

post #6 of 18

I don't tend to do that, but then again DH does the cooking, so the baby being here won't change things much.  I can see the benefits to it, it's just not something I've ever felt compelled to do (I almost wish I was).

post #7 of 18

I do something kinda similar before we fly (which we do a handful of times a year)...with the amount of food I pack and carry on I'd be set to feed a large portion of any surviving passengers should we crash land on a deserted island.  I've also always done it, even though it's practically required now that we have a bunch of food allergies/issues too (traveling with food issues, as you probably know, is a nightmare).  I think it's a survival thing--I'm separated from my food source and enter a panic mode.  I get way more 'snacky' too. Kinda wish that would kick in to get me ready for this babe...perhaps because both my freezers are stuffed to the gills (with who knows what...applesauce, anyone?) or because my food aversions are still running strong, I haven't done a thing to get ready, meal-wise.  Luckily, we also have lots of groceries near by...here's hoping I at least get some meal plans written out ahead of time!!

post #8 of 18

Writing out meal plans for dh is a good idea! My friends will take care of the first week's food. After that we need to be able to pull from the freezer for a week. Then, maybe the meal plans can kick in.

post #9 of 18

I have started my hoarding, too. I haven't made any freezer meals yet-I'll wait til March so they are good for a while. But I am stocking up on TP, shampoo, soap, and the like. Also, I was able to get n WIC at the beginning of this pregnancy, then DH got a raise. It is just enough so we don't qualify anymore. I am using this last month with the WIC benefits to stock up not only on WIC things (cereal, juice, and PB) but to enjoy the space in the grocery budget to get some other things. This week our store had Goldfish crackers for $1. I bought 5 packs and wish I would have bought more. I only buy them when they are on sale, and it will be a while before that happens again. I am usually a very careful spender, but now I am ready to buy and hoard!

I am also watching for things I'll need for the birth to go on sale. This week the store has Lansinoh products 15% off, so I'll get my Lanolin. 2 weeks ago Walgreens had a kotex deal, so I am set there. l got some newborn sposies last week for right after the birth on a good special. I know I have 11 or more weeks to go, but getting a few things at a time when I find good deals is easier for my brain than trying to buy everything at once at the end.

I am ready to start stocking the freezer with meat and things so that when I am ready to put together a bunch of freezer meals, I can. With the last baby I about 30 meals in the freezer, and I did most of them in one week. This time I am going to try to cook bigger dinners a few times a week and freeze 1/2 so hopefully I won't totally wear myself out. I have a 16 lb turkey in the freezer from thanksgiving, so at some point I will cook that and use the meat to incorporate into soups and casseroles for the freezer.

I also feel crazy. This is who I am and basically the only way I can prepare for this baby right now. DH loves me anyway.

post #10 of 18

Y'all are making me realize I need more TP.  Adding it to the list!!

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by DeChRi View Post

I obsessively cook and freeze meals. I hoard TP and shampoo and make sure there is enough food ready to roll for a long time.  

But I still am obsessively cooking and hoarding.  Anyone else with a weird nesting tendency?


So relieved to hear this.  I made DH make a whole new set of basement shelves so that I could load them with non-perishables.  Like I'm expecting a huge natural disaster, and not a baby.  :)  

 

Now, if only that drive would kick into the cooking side of things...

 

 

post #12 of 18

TP.jpg

Poor DH and the errands I send him on...if only he would have humored me and put a giant bag of dried apricots in his shopping cart too.  I guess he had a great laugh with the check-out guy anyway.  Now to figure out how to incorporate TP into a recipe...

post #13 of 18

I'm also TP obsessed. But I'm kind of that way non-preg bag.gif

post #14 of 18

I haven't made freezer meals and I don't know if  I will. I guess I am sort of eating through the freezer so i can make room and the closer to the birth toss together some freezer meals. I DO hoard food a bit. Like non-perishables. I just feel good knowing they are there. The stupid thing is I don't really eat canned foods and the like much. I attribute it to being poor when I was a teenager and there not being food in the house. My friend, my sister and I would go to other people's house and invariably at some point sneak off to look in their full pantry..and occasionally take some food.  The over flow does help when we need to go to the store, then I just make something out of the weird bits in the cabinets. It has gotten better over the years because I KNOW that we will be able to get more food.  But, yeah none of this is pregnancy related. I have no need to prepare food because I know my friends, my mom and Hubs will take care of it after baby comes.

post #15 of 18

This week I'm making a double-batch of all the meats I'm cooking. So Monday I froze a ziploc bag of taco meat, yesterday a gallon of spaghetti sauce, tonight I'm cooking 5 lbs of chicken breast and dicing/freezing the extra. Tomorrow I'm freezing personal-size pizza crusts, extra homemade sauce, and browned sausage. This way I'm not spending a whole day cooking/freezing meals, but just doing some as I go. It makes it more manageable and gives me some satisfaction knowing there's food being put away. Now I just have to make sure we don't USE it before baby comes!!

 

Also on the list to make and freeze:

 

  • Chicken broth/bone stock (REALLY good for postpartum)
  • Steamed/pureed kale, spinach and avocado (just pureed, not steamed) and frozen in icecube trays for putting in green smoothies
  • Enchilada filling
  • Marinated chicken - can be used for stir-fry, fajitas, taco salad, etc.
  • Ground beef with sauteed peppers and onions - can be used for spaghetti, chili, etc.
  • Shredded chicken
  • Breakfast burritos - scrambled eggs, cheese, sausage and sauteed green pepper/onions in a tortilla, individually wrapped. DH LOVES these for breakfast (he leaves for work super early and doesn't have time for a hot breakfast, but can grab one of these and heat it up at work). Kids love them too and because we stay away from cereal for breakfast, it's great to have something already made.

 

 

post #16 of 18


Okay, Rasa, by looking at this, I am not really a TP hoarder! I probably have 24 rolls around here. We use family cloth, too, so that cuts way down on our TP usage. I only have it in one bathroom, though, so we probably use TP 1/2 the time.
 

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Originally Posted by Rasa View Post

TP.jpg

Poor DH and the errands I send him on...if only he would have humored me and put a giant bag of dried apricots in his shopping cart too.  I guess he had a great laugh with the check-out guy anyway.  Now to figure out how to incorporate TP into a recipe...



 

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rasa View Post

TP.jpg

Poor DH and the errands I send him on...if only he would have humored me and put a giant bag of dried apricots in his shopping cart too.  I guess he had a great laugh with the check-out guy anyway.  Now to figure out how to incorporate TP into a recipe...


I hope it won't make you feel bad if I tell you this photo makes me feel better?  :)

 

post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 

Love the TP pic!  Know what I bought last baby?  Industrial grade vacuum packer. ;)  Now my food is good in the freeze 6 months, lol.   After 2 weeks of food hoarding, I now am at a stand still.  Seems it comes in spurts. :)

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