I am sure that there will be many times while Little OL is growing up that my confidence will take a knock and that I will feel like “a bad mother”. This however is the first one, well first major one that has lasted more than past her next smile, cuddle and kiss.
I know that in the bigger scheme of things it is nothing serious. We found out that she was anaemic early, there is no long term damage and it can be “fixed”. However it has shaken me. I have always been pretty good with her diet and although I know that this is not entirely dietary related because of the worms it does come down to a lack of nutrients.
I have always been very strict with sugars and processed foods. She did not have commercially bought cereals when she was a baby and even at her first birthday party did not have any sweets (or even any of her cake). Until she was about two she had never had sweets, chocolate or juices (fruit juice or sodas). Her snacks were all healthy and her food all homemade (or from Wollies which I figured is the same thing…. J) I did however realise that she drank quite a bit of milk, but figured it was good for her.
Now I am beginning to question everything. It sucks! I am taking another hard look at her diet. I am cutting down on her milk intake as well as her carbs. I need to find a way to get her to start enjoying her greens again and eating her veggies. At school they say she eats them no problem, so it is just at home.
I need however to get more organised as I need to have a meal ready just to warm up when we get home at 5. Little OL is starving then but if I wait then she won’t eat. I have been using my slow cooker lately and just putting it on when I leave for work in the mornings so that it is ready when I get home but need to look at other ideas as well. Maybe putting some of the meal I (or Mr OL) cooks the night before in the fridge for her or something like that. I have been looking at various meal plans and ideas online (any excuse to search Pinterest…..), but just need to find one that works for us. The reason I have not done this previously was that Mr OL did all our cooking (he adds too much spices, chilli and salt for Little OL). The nanny or I prepared all Little OL’s food and the nanny would then feed her before I got home from work. Easy! Now I am nanny less and Little OL is in school full day. It has really thrown a spanner in the works. I know if I prepare a full meal plan I will end up being the one to do all the cooking. I don’t want to take that on as well.
Do you have a system that works for you? Do you work from a meal plan or just throw something on when you get home? Ideas please…..