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Berries, Crock Pots and other crack pot ramblings

June 10th, 2008 at 08:16 pm

Whew.

Life is really hectic.

baby bean, at 10 weeks, still sleeps no longer than 3 hours in a stretch. I'm starting to wonder how long I can keep this up! Add in that all day long he wants to be carried around the house-- if I put him down, he screams- and I am one tired lady.

That said, I am trying to get in the habit of cooking, because we can't just eat take out forever. Well, we could, but..

So, I bought a crock pot, which has allowed me to throw random ingredients in, turn it on when beaner finally passes out at midnight, and then have at least something inexpensive and reasonably healthy to eat in the morning.

Note: I am looking for good crock pot cookbooks if you have any suggestions

So far this week: I've made one pot roast and tonight I am making a lentil bean/ Okra stew that my hubby is excited about.(I didn't tell him it was a mainstay of my diet as a 20 year old broke waitress.)

Also, the $6 strawberry patch I planted has yielded at least 12 quarts of berries so far, and I still have more to pick. You can't beat the ROI for homegrown organic fruit!

That said, I have done absolutely nothing for the tiki challenge this month.And, well, nothing in my actual freelance career lately. It seems that until that kid sleeps through the night, all bets are off!

13 Responses to “Berries, Crock Pots and other crack pot ramblings”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    There are lots of crockpot recipes online.

    Crockpot oatmeal is easy and good.
    I put a whole chicken in and put some dabs of butter and sprinkle indian curry for a nice flavor...
    ribs, sliced onions, some garlic and/or season salt and bbq sauce...
    Chicken, sprinkled with onion soup mix and wrapped in foil comes out super tender...
    Try googling crockpot recipes...and you will come up with many good dishes to try.

    Good luck.

    Also, after raising 4 babies to adulthood...10 weeks is usually pretty close to the turning point for most babies...if your sleep doesnt improve soon, it might be time to talk to the Dr for some ideas on how to get more rest. Hugs

  2. thriftorama Says:

    MMM. That curry chicken sounds good. Thanks! And I hope you are right about the bean. I don't know how much not-sleeping I can take.

  3. scfr Says:

    My sister, who is a very busy working mom of 2 little ones, relies on her crockpot to keep her family fed. She uses the book "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook."

  4. Carolina Bound Says:

    My first baby was like that. It's hard to get through, so terribly exhausting. My baby is now 29 and still full of energy. And still a nightowl!

  5. sagegirl Says:

    I have a great Betty Crocker Crock Pot cookbook at home. I use it quiet often. i will get the exact name for you> I bought mine used at Half Price Books.

  6. compulsive debtor Says:

    I don't have a crockpot book for you, but check out this blog: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/.

    Baby Bean will eventually sleep through the night. They all do. Give it another month or two.

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Even if the bean does not sleep through the night for a long time yet, you can survive. It might not feel like more than just survival, but, well, you can survive. Glad you don't have to go into an office with night-after-night like that.

  8. thriftorama Says:

    Ugh. Another month or two? Are all kids like this? How are we supposed to be good parents if we are tired and irritated all the time?

  9. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    No they aren't all like that. I think baby sleep habits vary. Mine was nursing every two hours at 14 weeks when all of a sudden he learned to sleep on his tummy. Sleeping on his tummy restricted his arm & leg movements, which seemed to help keep him sleeping a little longer. There was no such thing as "sleeping through the night" for months to come, though. I won't guild the story: It was very, very hard.

  10. rob62521 Says:

    Here's a site that has a variety of Crockpot recipes:

    http://www.cookingcache.com/cat/crockpot_recipes/default.aspx

  11. Swimgirl Says:

    I was just reading some posts and ran across this one, though I know my post is late.

    I survived 4 newborns (and they're well into childhood and teens, not)... my best advice: Get a frontpack. I wore my kids on my front all the time. It was great. And if the baby falls asleep in there, just recline on the couch and read with him in there. At least it's a few moments of quiet.

    And have you tried pacifiers? I had one thumb sucker and two pacifier kids. They really do seem to get some comfort and pleasure from that.

    And, importantly,.... my motto was, "if they cry, they're hungry." None of this "every X number of hours." As soon as they fussed, I nursed. They sleep better when full.

    Good luck. This time will go fast. You will blink and little baby bean will be off to junior high. Take pictures of your tired selves and know that it will not last forever.

    But you're in "the club" now!

  12. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    "my motto was, "if they cry, they're hungry." None of this "every X number of hours." As soon as they fussed, I nursed. They sleep better when full."

    Is there anyone these days who feeds their baby on a schedule? I thought that went out the door in the 1960's at the latest and really was not practiced by many people even then. Of course people feed their baby when the baby is hungry. That is why they get woken up every two hours. Or three or what ever. The baby wakes up to nurse.

  13. thriftorama Says:

    Yeah, I feed on demand. Some kids just don't sleep! Of course, my idea of sleeping through the night and a baby's idea are two different things. For his age, 4 hours is sleeping through the night! Luckily, we just got to the point where he will sleep one 4 hour stretch a night. it's an improvement over the 2 hour stretch he had for the past 3 months. So we're getting there. I'm still tired, but the bean doesn't seem to care!

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