Monday, 8 April 2013

Meal Planning Monday: the We Have a Baby edition

It's amazing we're eating at all, to be honest. The last couple of weeks, everything went to complete pot as I was in a) 'false' (but still painful) labour for an entire week, then b) I finally had the baby & an extended hospital stay due to a Caesarean section. (It was a complete novelty getting 3 meals made for me in hospital  and although the quality was only average I ate everything offered, as I was trying to establish breastfeeding and recover well from the op.) I know the 3Sisters had a couple of dinners at grandparents, and I have no idea what really happened with the kitchen/freezer situation back home in my absence! All I do know is my husband kept things running and it was good to have meal plans for the last 2 weeks, as well plenty of spare frozen food in case the situation changed. As I've said before, one of the best things about meal planning is the ability to deviate from it and swap things around, all the while having an existing structure.

I'm still a bit groggy due to sleep deprivation, but using the Tesco Android app on my phone (no I've not been sponsored!) helped organise the next couple of weeks menus in advance, and I hope to get fresh stuff from Abel & Cole again on Thursday, after pausing delivery, because face it, we've been eating a lot of processed rubbish along with our usual fruit, yogurt & cereal intake. So the next week should hold:

Meat Free Monday: Wholewheat pasta in tomato sauce with parmesan cheese

Tuesday: Pizza Hut 'Two for Tuesday' two-for-one offer, including fizzy pop! because it is baby Josephine's birthday, 2 weeks old today (oh, sorry, what was I saying about healthy eating?!)

Wednesday: Sausages, mashed potato, Yorkshire puddings, gravy & green beans

Thursday: Roast Chicken Salad with a big white bloomer loaf & lots of fresh salad from the veg box!

Fishy Friday: Fishfingers, oven chips & frozen peas (& salad!)

Family Saturday: Wholewheat pasta with pesto sauce & leftover chicken

Sunday: It will be 2ndSister's First Communion on Sunday, so during the afternoon we will attempt our first meal out as a family of six! 

Oh, and if anyone is interested - this is 4thSister Josephine Alice, 6lb 11oz at birth, born 26 March:


  1. Congratulations! Welcome to the world baby Josephine. Very impressed that you are meal planning AND getting out an about after only two weeks.

    1. Thanks Foodie. It took me a week to leave the house mind you and that was just to see the midwife! Taking it v slowly really, but with the 3Sisters (8, 6, 3) we already have I can't put everything on pause ;-)

  2. Congratulations!!! She's adorable!!
    Great meal plan! Hope you get some sleep soon x

  3. What a cutie! Congratulations :)

    Sounds like a lovely week to ease yourself back into things.

  4. Congratulations, she's beautiful! Hope you have a good week and manage to get some sleep

  5. Congratulations on your beautiful wee girl! In awe of your meal planning after just two weeks. I was loving meals brought/made by my mum and using our freezer stash at this stage. Hope the little one lets you get a bit more sleep. x