Since I have been pumping twice a day at work, I have produced enough to feed Birdie and store 3-5 bags per evening. The frozen milk bags began to take over our freezer. This is the top shelf — more than 1/2 of the total freezer space – at the end of last week (the three giftbags are full of stacked breastmilk bags and operate as dispensers with slats cut in the bottom to remove the oldest milk first):
Clearly, things were getting out of hand. So, with $200 burning a hole in our pocketbook (kidding!) and this awkward/empty space in our kitchen:
we set out to purchase a deep freezer. We are now the proud owners of a stand-alone freezer:
Is there anything that can make you feel quite as old as getting excited over a new appliance?? I’m excited that with this purchase, we have 6-12 months worth of storage for the breastmilk, versus only 3 with the refrigerator/freezer. Plus, I no longer have to worry in the middle of the night about whether or not the freezer door popped open the last time someone went in for an ice cube and all of the breastmilk is thawing as we sleep (oh the things to worry about!).
Note all of the tupperware on the counter in the last picture? One of R’s clients gave her a Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Dipping Bar and we spent Saturday with R’s sisters dipping peanut butter balls, pretzels, strawberries, bananas, and cashews in chocolate. Heavenly!