Welcome to Meal Plan Monday, our weekly feature where we talk all things Meal Plan. This week I’m back and talking about trying something different.
As soon as we started weaning with Erin I planned her meals. I wanted to make sure she tried new and different things every couple of days. We have now been following meal plan for Erin for 10 months. Last week we tried something completely different.
There was no meal plan at all.
I’ve spoken previously about Erin’s routine completely changing. Her nap times are all over the place but generally somewhere between 11 and 2. Sometimes she eats lunch and sometimes she doesn’t. I also can’t depend on her waking up around the same time every day at the moment or whether she’ll want another nap again later in the day. It’s all very confusing.
This past week has been quite strange for me. I’m so used to following the calendar to see what snack she should have or what to make Erin for dinner. Last week I winged it completely. I sort of liked it and I sort of didn’t.
I hated having to try to remember what Erin had for breakfast earlier in the week. I don’t like her to have the same thing too often. I hated having to think about whether I’d given her things with enough calcium in them.
On the other hand, it was really quite nice to not have to follow a plan. If Erin wanted to share my lunch she could without it messing up other meals that week. If we wanted to go out to eat we could do without me having to take her food with us.
The planner in me was going a little bit crazy to be honest but I was shocked at how nice it was to just go with the flow; something I’m sure my husband will be happy to hear me admit.
Although I may change how I plan for Erin, our meal plans are not stopping altogether. John and I are on a mission to clear our freezers and save money on our food shopping so we’ll be planning for ourselves in a couple of weeks and also including Erin to eat what we eat!