Dinnertime - HELP!!!

Brittny - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a very active 2 year old boy and a 7 week old girl that won't let me put her down if she's awake. My husband has been patient - eating sandwiches,soup from a can, frozen dinners, and pizza - but enough is enough. Does anyone use a meal planner, have a good website for simple recipes, or any other suggestions about how I might solve the million dollar question:

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? - and how am I going to cook it with my kids screaming in my ear or attatched to my hip?!? :))

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Iysha - posted on 08/28/2009

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Slow cooker (crockpot) or stuff that you can just leave in the oven for a while like baked chicken, roast, fish... just prepare it real quick with salt, pepper, paprika, whatever and throw it in. For sides you can have bagged salads, instant mashed potatoes(or baked if you throw the potatoes in with the main meal), canned peas, corn or whatever that you can just microwave with some butter. Once the food is out of the oven, everything else takes just a couple minutes to make. good luck!

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Iysha - posted on 08/28/2009

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Also, You could have daddy play with the kids while you make a meal. Have the 2yr old watch tv and daddy can hold the little one.

Melissa - posted on 08/28/2009

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Do you have a crockpot? Check out some recipes online and try to put it together during naptime or early in the am before they get up. Good luck, I feel f or you. I have 10 month old twins who are constantly at my feet while I prepare dinner.

Colleen - posted on 08/28/2009

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Well I've only got one, so I don't know what it's like to balance two of them, or a toddler. But when I'm cooking, I put my 3 month old in his bouncer and I bring it into the kitchen so he can see me as I'm cooking. Most times though when I'm cooking dinner, my husband is home so if our son does get cranky, he can take care of him while I cook (or vice versa, he cooks a lot too).

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My suggestion is to ask family/friends for some help with some meals(preparing for you in advance) and hopefully it al freezes so all you do is thaw and warm. OR have your husband take both kids and go to work in the kitchen and prepare as many meals as you can leave for a couple days in the fridge or freezer and then nuke/cook later. I am in the same situation, well, I was. My mom, and MIL both made a bunch of stuff to freeze and we are still eating some of it and my son is almost 4 months now. My daughter enjoys helping me every once in a while. If your 2 year old is screaming, put him in his room til he calms down or in 'time-out' and the 7 week old needs to use her lungs every once in a while. She will be fine crying for a little while. Or you could try a sling or carrier of some sort. And if all else fails, when hubby gets home, he takes the kids while you cook. He'll wait, and if he is starving, eat a little light something til dinner is ready. Kids come first, hubby will live without food for a little while longer!!!

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