Ok so 9 months of pregnancy... difficult for some (if not most) women. Towards the end, before baby officially arrives nesting typically kicks in. Nesting can comes in all forms. For me, I started cleaning the house more often, organizing the nursery, pulling out the hand-me-down baby clothes from Blakely's newborn time and packing my hospital bag. One MAJOR thing I did not think of the first go around
was preparing meals to have those first few weeks or days when you and your significant other are exhausted and just want to soak up all the newborn snuggles. Blakely was born the week before COVID quarantine and we were NOT prepared (like the rest of the world) for a baby let alone everything else going on in the world. We were luckily BLESSED by several amazing neighbors who started a meal train for us and prepared home cooked meals that were delivered the first 2 weeks home. People always ask "What can we help with, what do you need?"
LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING!
It's not the baby gifts or materialistic goodies (although those are very sweet and thoughtful)... It's the fresh, home cooked meals, it's the time offered to watch the baby so mom can shower, it's letting mom and dad get out of the house for a dinner or lunch, it's offering to help tidy the house.
THOSE ARE HUGE!
Just being there for new parents in those early weeks mean more than you will ever know!
I was asked to compile a list of recipes suggested to me for the early newborn days/weeks so I will link some of them below!
If cooking is not your thing, gift cards, grocery drop-off and Door-dash are all great alternatives! And all equally as appreciated :)
I hope these are helpful and save you some time once your bundle(s) of joy arrives. Enjoy the newborn love and take a break from the kitchen!