Thanksgiving week saw a flurry (perhaps even a blizzard) of cooking and freezer stocking, and it has continued through this week as well. It's so much easier in the winter, when soups are appreciated by the whole family, and having so much turkey on hand means I HAVE to do something with it before it spoils. Sadly, endless hot turkey sandwiches cannot be on the menu. I'm also working on ham (black bean soup), pork shoulder (korean and mexican), and another batch of spaghetti (Luke's and my favorite meal).
This may seem like overkill, especially since so many people have offered to bring us meals when we return. Given our experience with Liz, however, it's not. Trust me. We'll take all the meals you want to bring. It took about 5 months before I could easily cook in the kitchen when Liz was awake. She was so sensitive to food, if she saw it, she would start crying because it wasn't in her mouth. Well, we had maybe a 30 second window to serve it to her. I would not wake her up in the morning until I had her breakfast plated. Even after she'd had a meal, she'd start crying when she saw the fruit I was cutting up because it wasn't in her mouth. Maybe Titus won't be like that (I just saw a post from another family who can't find anything their daughter likes to eat!), but I'd rather be prepared.
If only other things were as easy to stockpile, like sleep and energy, or grace and patience. There's only so much training in those things before the rubber hits the road and you get to put it into practice...and it's quickly coming near!