Organic Milk as Calendar

by Jen on November 3, 2007

in Does this baby make me look fat?

If you’ve never bought organic milk, you need to know that it doesn’t expire for six or eight weeks or more from the time you buy it. Last week, when it was still October, I bought several half-gallons that don’t expire until 12/05. (Of course, we drink so much milk that we’ll finish it probably before 11/05).

I remember when I was pregnant with the Monkeyboy, this served as a sort of rudimentary time-marking system for me. I’d load the milk into our fridge and think, we’ll have our amnio before this milk expires. It was especially exciting for me as I got closer to the end of my pregnancy (although I would have been surprised to know how close I really was, since he came six weeks early). Every time I bought milk, it seemed, it was due to expire after we would have a baby living in the house. The concept was just too strange to comprehend.

I remember being struck with the idea that we had essentially invited someone to come live with us for at least the next eighteen years — someone we hadn’t even met yet. It was the equivalent of putting an add in the paper for a roommate and just taking the first person that showed up. Of course, as parents we influence who the baby is both before they are born and as they grow, through the effects of nature and nurture, so they’re not really as much of a stranger as a real stranger would be. But, still… you never really know who’s going to show up.

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1 Mrs. G. November 3, 2007 at 3:35 pm

I found you on the NaBloPoMo Randomizer. I try to do one a day and I’m always tickled with the result. The milk is definitely a calendar around my house…my son is like an expiration date Nazi. Despite my constant insisiting that it is not LITERALLY that second at that day, he refuses to budge. Sigh. Nice blog.

2 Megan@SortaCrunchy November 3, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Oh my gosh, I do the same thing! I thought I was the only one. :)

3 dawn November 3, 2007 at 5:23 pm

Here via the randomizer. We don’t buy store milk often. My sister (and us) has a cow, so my parents and our family get milk once a week from my sister. We are also fortunate to have eggs from the farm. We will be getting laying chickens in the spring. Come visit my blog sometime.

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