Life with a newborn: the gift of meals
Over the course of the past several years, I been by friends' sides as they have delivered new life into the world. And, in ensuing weeks after their babies' births, I have delivered meals to their homes and ooh'ed and ahh'ed over their cute little snuggle-bugs. One such meal was (embarassingly) a Papa Murphy's lasagna that I brought over to Sarah's house after Truman was born. Alas, life is so busy for us mamas, with or without newborn. It is a wonder how delicious, nutritious, fresh homemade meals are made by us busy mamas. But, they are.
Today, my thrid child is three weeks old. Already, I have been the gracious and humble recipient of meals and treats and even a few hours of donated time as mama's helper from a fellow mama. There have been cakes, soups, pot pies, cookies, kale, bread, salad, wine, pasta, and chicken verde. With all the fixin's. Delivered to my door, which I open, unshowered, unbrushed, unrested and generally smelling of a savory mama milk and baby barf blend. To you all, I am so grateful.
This is a wonderful gift to a new mama, no matter how many times I have been a mama to a newborn before. It gives me time to cuddle with my littlest fella. It gives me time to focus on helping his two big sisters with their homework or reading. It gives me a little time to fold some laundry, because there is oh. so. much. laundry. Every day. And, a supremely lovely part is I don't have to think about it, I don't have to worry, I don't have to plan. There are so many other things I need to be doing - namely nursing, diapering, sleeping, and putting someone else to sleep.
It all started weeks before our baby's arrival. I was asked if we had any dietary restrictions (we don't) and whether we'd prefer meal deliveries every day or less frequently (every other day would be great, thank you). And, voila!, our friends sent us a schedule of days we could expect a meal delivery.
So, now that I'm done oozing with my love and thanks, I ask you: have you been a recipient, participant, or organizer of one of these meal trains to serve the families of newborns? Anything you would suggest for a seamless flow of food to the recipient family? Anything else that seem to be "must-have" in-kind contributions for a family of a newborn?