Thursday, March 17, 2011

Losing My Crunch

This time tomorrow I will be on a plane to Sydney and whilst Tricky is a seasoned car-traveler, with multiple trips to Albany under his size 0 belt (yeah, he's such a Hollywood starlet, obsessing about being a size 0), this will be his first time on an aircraft. To keep the suitcases to a number that doesn't require porters I've made some sacrifices - I'm leaving my Crunch at home.

I'm taking the cheats way out by using disposable nappies for the weekend. My inner 'Crunchy Mama' is getting twitchy that I will be contributing so much non-biodegradable waste to the planet just so that I don't have to spend my nights washing nappies and hoping they'll dry in the cool air of a climate controlled hotel room.The fact that I could spend that time doing something else, like having a cocktail with some Bloggy Galpals may also have influenced this decision.

And if that’s not bad enough I’m also having a major mother-guilt moment in regards to the Trickster’s meals. I normally cook all of Tricky’s meals and I can count the number of times he’s had commercial baby food on two hands.

Drug-free birth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, co-sleeping, home cooked baby food and cloth nappies. I’m a homebirth and a daisy chain away from being declared a freakin’ hippy like the gorgeous Sarah at Dear Baby G!*

I don’t know why I have such a problem with it (can somebody say 'Control Issues'?). It’s not gonna kill him to eat commercial baby food (he actually eats adult food now just cut up small but that’s beside the point). Babies all over the world thrive on the stuff!

He’ll need three massive meals a day and because I’d like to delay his introduction to Maccas a little longer I’m worried the only thing I’ll be able to get him is a sandwich which will no doubt cost me $16.50 because it has fancy organic lettuce. My teeny budget won’t stretch that far so I’m seriously contemplating ferreting away extra food from the breakfast buffet Kath & Kim style.

Don’t judge me, people, but most of all, if you see me at breakfast… don’t dob on me. K?

*Sarah calls herself a 'Freakin' Hippy' so if you're thinking "Hrm, Glowless, you don't normally say nasty things" then relax, it's not nasty and she was fine with me saying it - I checked first!
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27 comments:

  1. haha! What a laugh, I love it you nasty cow! I hope you all have a fantastic time away and Tricky enjoys his plane ride:) Ahh I wish i was going, I'll go back to my crochet now

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  2. don't buy the sandwich!!! Sydney has supermarkets.. maybe even in the innercity. you'll be fine - tricky will be fine there will be no mcdonalds or ferretted croisants. I'm an expert at commercial food for the under 5's. I should have come early to be your personal shopper. lol

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  3. You can always enlist us to help with the breakfast bar stash!

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  4. I hope you have fun in Sydney G! Don't worry, I will let you off this one time. HAHAHA...

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  5. Brilliant idea Nikki! You grab two pieces of bread and I'll grab some Vegemite sachets!

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  6. Here is a fussy eater's mum tip...stash a few zip lock baggies in your pocket for the breakfast buffet. Just be prepared to tell people you are hypoglycaemic and need to eat often. They'll just look at you sadly anyhow.

    It is time like this that it's handy to have a fussy eater 'cause she just wouldn't eat for three days! No, actually, she would only want to eat the $16 sandwich.

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  7. I'm thinking I'll send the husband off on an adventure to find one!

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  8. Next year, Sarah! The WA contingent needs to be bigger :)

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  9. I cooked all of my first daughters meal until she was well over the age of one. I would feel guilty if a relative gave her a spoon of ice-cream.
    Number three, is 9 months old and eats chicken nuggets occasionally.
    I'm going to give number four thickshakes instead of breastmilk.
    My point is, it's only for a couple of days and will probably do both you and bub the world of good :-)
    Hope I get to meet you !

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  10. Caz - ThetruthaboutmummyMarch 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    I'm not hippy - though it sure sounds perdy! But I truly HATE bought baby food. It smells and tasts foul - so I just couldn't inflict in on my bubs. The custards were okay - but forget anything savoury .... blaaaahhhh. Have a wonderful time Glowfull one. Caz

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  11. Woolies near town hall station.

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  12. Well a milkshake should be pretty filling so #4 will be sleeping through the night from the get go! I should've thought of that sooner!

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  13. They are pretty icky. I've only tried one of the custards and it was really powdery. I even make his own yoghurt, not because it's that much better for him, but because it's cheaper than buying it because he goes through so much!

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  14. Will do :) You're mentioned in tmw's post :)

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  15. On your advice I have just stashed a half dozen zip lock bags in Tricky's nappy bag. I'm quite used to people looking at me with pity in their eyes anyway :P

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  16. Hi Glowless,

    When I'm traveling, I use Nature's Babycare disposables. Yes, they are a touch more expensive than other brands of disposables, but they are biodegradable and it makes me feel a bit less guilty about contributing to landfill when I can't use my beloved cloth nappies. Also, the only brand of baby food that Seagull would EVER touch as a baby is the Rafferty's Garden stuff. It's the only brand I've been able to find that tastes like real food as opposed to homogeneous sludge. Both the nappies and the food listed above are available in the respective sections of the big two supermarkets.

    Hope you have a good time in Sydney!

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  17. Thanks so much! I had heard of the biodegradable disposables when I was preggers but couldn't remember what they were called!

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  18. I admire your commitment! I was planning on doing cloth nappies and was an absolute failure in that area! Going to try again with #2. I also wanted to do everything made at home but ended up using a combination - I second the other comment about Raffertys Garden. It's pretty much the only kind of baby food I bought.

    So yes, in the parenting thing I am a giant hypocrite and have systematically eroded all of my principles in the process. Think of your two days as research into the dark side. That blog post practically writes itself.

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  19. So glad you are still going! I hope it goes well.

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  20. Oh no, how will he survive... commercial baby food AND disposables?!?!

    Just enjoy yourself, he won't remember it and it really won't be THAT important a couple of weeks down the track =]

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  21. Not only will he not remember it, but after the drinks I've had tonight *I* won't remember it :P

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  22. I'm so glad I've come. I've had the best weekend.

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  23. The dark side it definitely was! Or that might have been the soiled nappy left on for hours by the creche, I forget.

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