This post is about breast milk. If you don't want to read it, no skin off my nose, feel totally free to move along...
I'll start at the very beginning, because for some reason I feel the need to set up these types of stories with as much context as possible, so here goes.
As I mentioned in my last post, we've been doing more shopping at Costco, in an effort to (affordably) make a transition to eating as much "real food" as possible... needless to say, my freezer has been full. Very full. We have one of those "regular" white refrigerators that came with the house (something like this, if you need a visual). Amidst the giant bags of frozen strawberries and tilapia are wedged the current "fruits of my labor" if you will-- the ubiquitous 5 oz. bags of liquid gold. Also as I think I've mentioned before, I outpace my little baby in what I pump during the week, so my frozen stash grows every couple of days (I realize this is lucky).
ANYWAY, Tuesday evening, we're getting home from work with the kiddos (simultaneously somehow), blah blah blah, wrangling bags and babies and getting Juliette to actually come inside, when I walk around the corner to the kitchen and see...
dun dun dun
THE FREEZER DOOR WAS OPEN. This innocent little tray of frozen baby food cubes I'd made had fallen out, along with something else I can't remember exactly, and opened the DOOR in the process!
I could not believe it. I immediately went to check out my bags of milk and yes...all of the ones I could access were completely thawed. My heart sank, as I knew once milk thawed there is a short window in which you can use it.
28 bags, people.
In case you're doing math, this is 140 ounces. Which is 17.5 8-ounce bottles. Yes. Weep with me.
It ended up that all was not completely lost...I shifted the milk I had pumped that day and put it into the freezer, and used the now-completely-thawed milk bags for Molly's daycare bottles the next two days. I read that if bags contain any ice shards they are still considered 'frozen' and thus can be refrozen (or technically I guess just re-completely-frozen), and luckily most of the bags buried toward the back still had significant frozen chunks.
Thankfully, I have a stash in both my mom's freezer and my sister's freezer so all would not have been completely lost. I had relocated it because of storage constraints, but oh I am so thankful I did. Safety net indeed.
So yeah...that happened. Ouch.