I stared at the metal shelving unit against the wall at the shop. Most of the shelves were empty, but we had recently gotten a delivery and it was my job to check on it. As I got closer, I noticed the bottom shelf was crammed full of jars… of spaghetti sauce… Lots of them… At least 30-40 jars. And on either side of the those, there were also five gallon buckets of sauce.
I got closer to see if I could read the labels so I could make sure they were the correct brand when I noticed a yellow clearance sticker on every single one of them. Oh no!
“Tim! Look at these! This is not good. All of this sauce is about to expire!” I said in frustration. It seemed like such a waste, as we could never use it all before it went bad.
“Don’t worry,” Tim replied as he grabbed one of the five gallon pails. “We can still use them even if they go bad.” And with that he walked off to hook the five gallon bucket of spaghetti sauce up to his spray gun to stain the next set of panels red.
After C was born she had a hard time putting on weight. It took weeks and weeks before she was even back up to birth weight. It seemed like I was nursing around the clock, and we were supplementing with formula, but try as we may she just didn’t grow. At first the pediatrician wasn’t too concerned because she was otherwise very healthy, but after a few months he suggested we start adding cereal to her bottles. He said it would help her to put on weight more quickly. As new parents we did exactly as we were told and started adding the cereal as we had been instructed. And boy did it make her grow. Pretty soon she was the roly-poly baby of my dreams!
As the months went on, the doctor was happy with her weight gain, and he had never mentioned us stopping the cereal, but then again we never asked. So we kept feeding her cereal, and she kept growing. It wasn’t until people started commenting on her chunkiness that I started to think more about the cereal issue. Clearly we had overcome the weight gain hurdle, maybe we should cut back!
By then she was pretty squishy (and absolutely adorable, btw.) We took her off the cereal but it wasn’t until she started walking and running around that she started thinning down. (Which I know is normal for all babies.) It wasn’t until years later, when Tim and I look back at her pictures that we realized how chunky we let her get. We still smile over those massive baby cheeks!
I woke up this morning and made calzones for the family for today. Since I can’t have normal cheese, I cut the slots on the top of the calzones I’ll be eating differently than the normal cheese one so I can tell them apart after they are cooked. This morning that resulted in a hilarious outcome. Don’t worry, he was delicious.