First Time Mom Syndrome

First time mom syndrome. FTMS is characterized by a variety of symptoms that may or may not fade away over time. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • immediate worry over the slightest cough, sneeze, new colored poop, or sniffle
  • 100 or more new pictures of your new-born┬átaken every week to capture their growth
  • purchasing one item in multiple colors and sizes
  • staring at your infant for more than 20 minutes at a time
  • an abundance of joy and love that has never been felt before
  • an overwhelming feeling of being protective when your child is not in your arms or in your sight

Am I guilty of these? A few, some more than others. For those reasons, I have been diagnosed with first time mom syndrome. Better yet, I got diagnosed by my own mother. But what my mom does not understand is that she has FTGS, first time grandparent syndrome. Who has the same onesie in 2 different colors as well as 2 different sizes? My son does. Why? Because Grandma swears he needs it. Who has over 5 pairs of shoes but cannot even sit up without assistance? My son. Why? Because Grandma swears he needs it. Who video calls a minimum of once a day to watch their grandson sleep. My mother does. But some how through all this, I was the one diagnosed with first time mom syndrome. Oh the irony.

Baby Food Process

With that being said, I do feel like one of the signs of first time mom syndrome(I have accepted my diagnosis and I love it) is making your own baby food. I recently started and I am in love with it. It is easy to make and not only that, but you know exactly what your baby is consuming. My mom guarantees I won’t do this the second time around. But why not? It may not be easier, but is definitely cheaper. A 4 oz jar at your local Kroger or Wal-Mart, depending on the brand, can range anywhere from $.69 to $1.39. My son eats roughly 8 oz of baby food a day. So the cost of eating the cheapest baby food at $.69 cost about $38.64 for one month. That is not bad at all, it would be a total of about 224 ounces for a month. That is wonderful. But I frequented my local farmer’s market this past weekend and bought the following items for a total of $16:

  • 5 lbs of apples-$5
  • 2 eggplants-$1
  • 5 lbs of yellow and green zucchini-$5
  • 3 acorn squash-$5

I got roughly about 20 pounds of produce for $16. That 20 pounds of produce equals 320 ounces, and all for $16. The delightfulness that touched my soul was immense and great. Like seriously. On that same day, I stopped by Wal-Mart to purchase storage containers, baby spoons, and a food processor. That totaled about $57. The food processor I purchased was the Oster 2-in-1 Salad Prep & Food Processor, it can be purchased here. My Saturday was a little hectic but worth it all in the end. It took me less than 2 hours and I have baby food purees frozen for the next two weeks.

Part II

That was quite a bit to process I know. So I will discuss the actual process of making your own baby food in Part II: Why I make my own baby food. I will also talk about the different stages of foods and how to cook or prepare them. Thanks for tuning in. Comment below and tell me when you realized you had first time mom syndrome. Until next time, stay blessed:)

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