What a day to stay inside. It’s been cold and raining all day long. It’s days like these that make me wish I’d hate Kate at a different time of year. It’s been hard to be mostly inside for these last 3 months. I get her out a good bit–we go to the grocery store, drug store, church, Babies R Us (of course!), the library, etc. But I really miss being able to get out and walk every day. I have a great stroller for her (a BOB) but it’s just been too cold to get her out much. I’ll take her on a walk if it’s in the mid-50s or so, but any colder than that and her little cheeks turn red and get chapped. I’m so ready to get her out everyday on a walk and be able to take a blanket outside and sit in the grass with her. All she can do right now is look out the window at the outside world.
She’s down for her first real nap of the day–and it’s 5pm! Somehow, the naps just didn’t happen today. When taht happens, nursing tends to go downhill because she gets over tired and just doesn’t know what to do with herself. She’s hungry, but tired too, and doesn’t know which feeling to follow–the hunger or the tiredness. I started to nurse her at about 1:30, but she got herself so distressed, she didn’t settle down to nurse til 2:30. Then she nursed for almost an hour! That’s become fairly regular lately. I don’t mind though. Like I said, it’s been so chilly outside, I mainly stay home except for a few things scheduled during the week, so if she wants to take an hour to nurse, that’s an hour I get to sit on the couch and watch HGTV! (Sometimes I feel like my brain is turning to mush but other times I appreciate the chance to do nothing but sit and watch tv and not feel guilty about it because there’s nothing else I can do–with a baby at the breast, you’re pretty limited as to what you can get done!)
Tonight is cream of broccoli soup. It’s delish and also meatless, which was my requirement for dinners this week. We’re trying to be extra frugal this pay period, so my dinners for the next several nights won’t have meat (except for some sausage in a pasta dish, but that’s cheap.) One of the easiest ways for me to cut my Publix bill is to go meatless. That means soups and pastas for the most part. I don’t ever mind not having meat, but I can’t do it too many times in a row or Matt will start to protest. Do you have any secrets for saving money at the grocery store?