How do you manage your time so well? I’m glad that is the appearance I’m giving because most days I feel like I’m just trying to keep up! I think my Type-A Planner personality helps me stay organized and constantly thinking ahead to what needs to be done. I also listened to my best friend, who is a mom of 20 month- old twins and has a very similar personality, when she told me that I need to let go of some of pre-baby expectations and prioritize where I can.
The importance of good nutrition for your family stems from where? I would definitely have to say this comes from my mom. She was really ahead of her time for the organic food movement. She joined a whole foods co-op when we were growing up because she wanted to make sure we were eating wholesome foods that were really good for us. My husband and I eat mostly organic meat, veggies, eggs, and milk so I wanted to make sure that I was giving my son the same. Honestly, I never thought I’d be the mom making homemade baby food. I remember when I was pregnant watching my best friend make her twins food one day and I told her that there was no way I was going to have time to do that and work. But then I realized that organic baby food is really expensive, so I decided to try it and actually really enjoyed it!
A tip for working moms: Even though you feel guilty because you are away from your child during the week, make sure you still take time for you. It is so hard for me to go out to dinner with my girlfriends or have a date night because I feel like I’m away from Hudson more than I want already. He is always going to be my first priority, but I want to make sure that I’m maintaining and nurturing my relationships with my girlfriends and husband too. Strive for balance as much as you can and try not to let guilt overwhelm you. The biggest lesson you have learned as a new mom so far: That it gets easier. I hated when people told me that when I was just starting out because it honestly felt like it never would. Breastfeeding, sleeping, fear that I was doing everything wrong. It all gets easier….and so much more fun. The first time he smiled at me when I came back from a shopping trip, I knew. I knew that it was going to be okay. It’s always going to be hard and there will always be challenges, but not a day goes by that I don’t realize how incredibly lucky I am to be his Mom.
Recipe: Puree Peas
20-ounce bag of organic frozen peas and 1.5 cup of water
Get a rolling boil in sauce pan then add the peas and stir
Cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring every minute or so
Add peas and cooking water to food processor (I use a Cuisinart DLC-6BWFR 8 Cup Food Processor) and blend until thin consistency.
Allow it to cool a bit before adding it to storage containers.