One of the most fabulous gifts we were given after coming home with Finnegan was several weeks worth of meals. It started in the hospital, my mom would bring us lunches and dinners from favorite restaurants so we weren't subjected to the horrendous hospital food. Then we came home and lovely friends would stop over with a day or two of meals, often something that could be frozen if we didn't want to eat it that night. My Meme made us sloppy joes, Suz brought an unbelievable Greek salad, my mom made pork tenderloin & fabulous green salad, Annie dropped off a lasagne and on and on with delicious meals, most homemade. They included desserts, side dishes, sometimes breakfast items for the next morning and if we were lucky they stayed and held Finnegan and we actually sat down to a hot meal together. It was heartfelt, amazingly helpful, and gave us one less thing to worry about in our sleep deprived crazy new parent state. It was bliss. Pure bliss.
Since those days two and a half years ago, I have had the pleasure of delivering beef & black bean enchiladas, pasta & sauce with garlic bread and salad, and beef stew to my friends in those first days home with their new babies. I get to witness those exhausted, appreciative smiles as a warm meal is put into their hands and it makes me happy that I can do something small to help ease them into their new reality. Tomorrow I get to see TWO of those happy faces as I deliver my chicken gyros, tzatziki, orzo pasta salad, & fruit salad to Colin James and his happy parents & big brother and Matilda Mei and her loving parents and gaggle of siblings. It is quite a Christmas gift to me to have two new little ones that I get to oooh and ahhhh over... and promptly return to their parents!
If you haven't ever taken a dinner over to a new parent, I encourage you to do so. And if you have, please leave a comment for me telling me what great dish you've taken. It's always fun to have new items in my meal delivering arsenal! If you've enjoyed this tip, head over to Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family & read other great ideas!