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Meal plan for February 18th-24th

Troy got in the pool with Jack for swimming lessons last week.  I sat in the stands knitting, and as I was looking around, a realization hit me like a truck.

I am the slut of the Tiny Tots.

All of the moms wear one piece suits with shorts, and usually t-shirts over them.  I on the other hand, am the only mom in a bikini.

Here is the thing, I typically need a swimming suit only once or twice a year.  I’ve had the same two suits for the last five years.  I refuse to buy another swimming suit just to wear it for 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Besides, if I went out and bought a one piece suit, I’d resemble a 12 year old boy.  So that is that, the bikini stays, and my skanky reputation remains.

Jack’s surgery is less than two weeks away, and I’m so excited for this to be over.  I swear his snoring has increased, and he seems to have caught more colds this year than he has ever had.  Constant sore throats, snotty noses, an ear infection (second ever), and off and on fevers.  Nothing has changed from last year (he still goes to preschool, plays at the germ farm at the mall); just those dang tonsils.

We took him to the pediatrician again on Monday for potential strep throat.  She is new to the practice, and hasn’t met Jack before.  She looked in his mouth, and was the third medical professional to audibly gasp at the size of those tonsils.  She declared that they were “at capacity” and was glad to hear that his surgery was scheduled soon.

The last one is my favorite.  This video doesn’t capture the scary “stop breathing for 10 seconds at a time” gasps.

And yes, we still use the baby monitor.  Troy insists on it because of his weird anxiety issues when it comes to Jack.

Jack is sleeping over at my sister’s house next Saturday.  I’m spending the time cleaning, and preparing food for Jack’s post-op.  I’m thinking homemade ice cream (chocolate of course), homemade jello, and probably some popsicles.  I’m also going to try my hand at homemade frozen yogurt.  If you’ve been through this before, any other food you can recommend we have on hand?

There is a part of me that is putting way too much on this surgery.  I’m picturing two weeks post-op, my crazy energetic boy has calmed down, is clothed, and is sitting quietly in the corner reading a book to himself.  I secretly hope that the quality sleep brought on by the smaller tonsils will steal 25% of his energy.

If that doesn’t happen, we can always follow up on our previous plan of creating a workout routine called “J-90x” in which we film Jack for 15 minutes at a time.  If you follow along, you will burn 19,00 calories a day.  Here is the ad:

-Have a dance party
-Climb the hallway wall (I’m not joking about this one)
-Run around the fireplace at warp speed 452 times
-Jump from one couch to another as fast as you can
-Jump on the couch insisting that your mother throw pillows at you
-Have another dance party
-Do jumping Jacks

And that is just the first 45 seconds of the video.  You feel the burn while we count our piles of cash.

Meal plan time!  Reminder, I only plan dinners, because breakfast is always smoothies or eggs with something, and lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: Roasted chicken, crispy Brussels sprouts, and whole wheat knock off Red Lobster biscuits.  Don’t yell at me. As if the recipe wasn’t coming soon.

Tuesday:: Tomato soup (canned from the garden last year), quesadillas, and salad.

Wednesday:: Breakfast for dinner.  Whole wheat coconut oil waffles, bacon, sausage, and world’s best scrambled eggs.

Thursday:: My mother-in-law’s fish (recipe coming soon), onion rings, and salad.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner.  Yes, seriously we eat popcorn for dinner.  It’s popcorn, leftovers, cheese slices, fruit, and cut up veggies.  Everyone gets as much as they want, and no one leaves hungry.  I adore Fridays because it is the easiest night of the week for making everyone happy!

Saturday:: Jack is spending the night at my sister’s, so we’ll likely just clean out the fridge.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.

I spend $3.50 on raw milk and $10 on 2 dozen eggs (the price went up $1 a dozen, but they’re worth it) from the farm.  They haven’t had eggs for over a month, and we’ve had the same eggs from Costco languishing in our fridge.  They’re so boring compared to local free-range eggs.  I walked in to the farm store and saw 2 dozen and a 18 count carton of eggs.  I wanted them ALL, but seeing them there after a month’s hiatus brought me so much joy, that I decided to leave the 18 count to hopefully brighten someone’s day.

At the grocery store, I spent $37.56.  I’m going to Costco later today for organic spinach, carrots, and apples.

What are you having this week?

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25 comments on “Meal plan for February 18th-24th”

  1. My daughter had her tonsils out when she was in college. Days one & two she was feeling great, but on days 3-4 she was miserable. So be prepared in case you have a few ‘set back days.

  2. Avoid high acid fruits, anything that might burn the throat. We did use sorbet, no milk just fruit, popsicles, juice bars, popsicles, Gatorade, popsicles(see a theme here?). He would not eat anything warm/hot for a couple of weeks, but then he ate foods he would never try before. Our problem was with the ENT, who promised him “all the sugar you want” post surgery.

  3. I cant realy get over your eggs costing $5 per dozen… We have our own hens. I couldnt imagine charging that much! But I love your menu plan..Just found this blog and Im already enjoying it! 🙂

    • I’d rather pay $5 to support a local family for yummy eggs, than to spend the same amount for the weak 2 dozen at Costco. I’m so excited because we’re getting chickens this spring! ;-D

  4. Each of our children had their tonsils out at age 5, and their behavior afterwards was completely different.
    -He came out of anesthesia fine, she told everyone that came into recovery that she hated them and wanted to leave.
    -He wanted popsicles, orange Julius, Gatorade, pudding, ice cream, and applesauce. She wanted mashed potatoes and homemade noodles, and we had to bribe her to take drinks every 10 minutes.
    -He refused to swallow his saliva so he carried an ice cream pail around to spit in for 3 days; she had no issues with it.
    -Both did well with Children’s Tylenol and we kept a warm air humidifier in their room for a week and a half after surgery, just to keep their throats moist.
    – They were both fine by day 3, but day 7 both had scabs come off accompanied by bleeding. His clotted almost immediately, hers would not stop and we had to rush her to the ER.

  5. You should be proud that you have a post-baby body that allows a bikini!
    My daughters were both very high energy as pre-schoolers (and still are) and I know they are really sick when they just lay around. Strangely enough, I used to long for them to be slug kids and just stop moving around so much for a little bit and then when they would get sick and lethargic, I couldn’t wait for them to be back to their old high energy selves!
    Bets wishes for a fast and easy recovery for Jack!
    Patricia

  6. I got my tonsils taken out as an adult, the 2 best things were drinking lots of REALLY cold water(it will hurt like hell, but trust me it works wonders) and ALWAYS having a frozen water bottle, it fits perfectly in the crook of you neck to work on the soreness when you just can’t take any more cold water! Hope it helps…this was easily the worst surgery I’ve ever had 🙁

  7. When my boys had tonsils out they really wanted jello, popsickles and water. Milk, ice-cream and yogurt was too thick to begin with. Good luck with the surgery and recovery. Can’t wait to hear that things are going better for your guy.

  8. But if you are a knitting tramp, then it’s all good!

  9. That poor little guy! My husband used to stop then gasp in his sleep, too. Terrifying!

  10. I had mine out at 24 and once I was past the “no milk” days, I ate macaroni and cheese, graham crackers broken up with milk over them (they got nice and soft, but still kind of substantial), and tuna mixed with mayo. I think my mom was excited about having the opportunity to take care of a sick “child” again, so she was prepared with every soft food imaginable, but those were the ones I wanted.

    When I took my first daughter to swim lessons, I was also too cheap/lazy to buy a new swim suit, so I was there in a bikini amongst the mainly modest. Thankfully for me there was another two-piece mom in the class. We never actually spoke, but I’m convinced at one point we shared a solidarity look with one another.

    I’ll be doing my grocery shopping tomorrow, so the plan will take shape then!

  11. Yep, when our oldest had hers out, NO milk products were allowed. She had lots of popsicles. She was fairly disappointed, because everyone we knew kept telling her the surgery would be awesome ’cause she could eat all the ice cream she wanted afterward. /eyeroll. Also, Tylenol 3 in liquid form is very bitter, so you may have to mix it with something to get him to take it. (We even tried putting sugar in it once, we were desperate. It didn’t work, too grainy, so you can skip that bit =P ) Keeping them hydrated is really important, so… popsicles, popsicles, popsicles! lol

  12. That’s great that he’s able to get his tonsils fixed this young. I kept being told I’d “grow into” mine, and, of course, I didn’t. I had a doctor who refused to refer me to an ENT because she didn’t think the tonsillitis and constant sinus infections were that bad (she really needed to retire), and when we changed doctors, I finally got my referral. The ENT took one look at my tonsils and said, “Yeah, those need to come out. Probably the adenoids do, too.” I was 17. Recovery was miserable. But I haven’t had a sinus infection since, and I get a lot fewer colds, too. I still snore, but not nearly so badly. I remember cool foods were best for the first day or two. I ate a lot of jello and yogurt. Unfortunately my surgery was the week before Thanksgiving and I remember sitting there at a big Thanksgiving gathering nibbling on mashed potatoes and some kind of jello thing while everyone else ate turkey.

  13. Try oatmeal, cream of wheat or coco wheats for breakfast.Soup or soft pastas for dinner. But the most important for him is liquids and those pain meds.

  14. I just remember coming out as a kid and the hospital giving me grape juice and grape popsicle- two things which I can’t eat to this day because I associate it with the tonsil surgery. So try to have food he liked but not his favorite foods necessarily at first 🙂

  15. I work in an out patient surgical center and the majority of our patients are children getting their tonsils and adenoids out. Children are amazing and bounce back from these procedures very well. Jack will more than likely come out of surgery with his IV still running just to make sure he will start drinking and that the fluids stay down. Sleep and Tylenol #3 works best right away for the kiddos! If he is really shy around strangers the anesthesiologist will more than likely want to give him some oral Versed prior to going back to surgery. This helps keep the kids a little less wound up when they are trying to put them to sleep. In my own personal opinion if he doesn’t need the Versed try not to give it to him. It will just make him more cranky when he wakes up and the effects can last a few hours.

    Foods to avoid: Popcorn!!! (sorry popcorn and veggie stick dinner is out for a while), chips, tacos, celery etc. Pretty much anything crunchy, sharp or could possibly get stuck back there is out.

    I always tell the parents that mashed potatoes and over cooked mac-n-cheese are winners.

    Milk products can be upsetting to the stomach the first 24 hours after surgery. Just see how he does.

    I’m sure he will be fine and back to his normal self with in 24-48 hours if that! LOL!

    Keep us posted.

    • We call Jack “the Mayor” because he is always shaking hands and kissing babies. He is not shy around strangers!

      Thank you for the foods to avoid list – I will stick to it!

      Sadly, my child is weird and hates anything potato related. He won’t touch a fry, mashed potatoes, or anything. Strange kid.

    • Yes, I can see them having to sedate Jack just to have him stop wanting to talk and entertain everyone in the surgery center!!! Applesquish (applesauce) is one of Jack’s favorite foods and would probably be a good option…and the above sweet potato/apple mash sounds like something he might enjoy!
      GAC (great aunt connie)

    • You should try my amazingly easy mashed sweet potato recipe if mashed potatoes are out. I find kids like it because of the sweetness. Cut 2 lbs peeled sweet potatoes into chunks and put in a pot with 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, 2 tbsp cream (I have used water instead) and 1 tsp brown sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring once in a while for about 40 minutes; potatoes will be falling apart. Mash and serve!

    • Another great way to do the sweet potato mash is to throw some apples in with the sweet potatoes while they boil. Then its sweet potato apple mash :0)

      Maybe some lukewarm/cool chicken broth or bone broth.

      We babysat a little boy who had the same problems. The biggest difference was that he didn’t really talk much for the two weeks after his surgery. I offered to watch the baby so he had Mama to himself and he talked non-stop the entire time!

  16. Take it easy with anything with milk in it. Post-op they will tell you it coats the throat and makes it uncomfortable. Stick to citrus for a few days. I did homemade slushies with juice concentrate on them for my boy. Slows their eating it, and who doesn’t love a snow cone?

    I also recommend a humidifier in his room at night. Make the humidity high so his throat doesn’t dry out. He will continue to sleep with his mouth open for a while yet and the fresh scars need to stay wet.

    If Jack is anything like my boy Madison was, he will be back to fighting strength by about a week. Good luck!!!

  17. I totally feel you on the bikini part. I wear a bikini to show that I am not a 16 year old boy. It doesn’t help that I am short as well.

  18. Just ordered some reusable silicone tubes (think go-gurt or otter pops)I’ll loan you a few if you’re interested. P’s new fav. popcicle is frozen rasp. yogurt.