Post # 1
A dear friend of mine is due to deliver her 1st in a couple of weeks and I am so excited!
She and her hubby are on a very tight budget, living on a single grad school stipend, and I would love to help them out a little in the first few weeks. They are great people and were so sweet and helpful after my mom passed. The dad to be will be home for the first three weeks and their parents will be visiting for a few days. They don’t have any family in town, closest is an hour away.
Of course, I’ll ask the momma to be what she would like best, but wanted to gather some ideas/options to present to her. Alright mama bee’s, what do you think? If you’ve delivered meals to a friend after a baby was born, I’d love to hear from you, too!
Also, when is the best timing to offer? first week? second week? once the dad to be goes back to work?
Option 1: Two takeout meals brought over to the house on different nights (pizza, sushi, wings, whatever they want)
Option 2: 2 freezer meals (chili, BBQ chicken etc) and some easy to prepare groceries: Bertolli Ravioli and sauce, fruit cups, mac and cheese, other “kit” type dinners
Option 3: set up a MealTrain and then deliver a hot meal or two on specific nights
Option 4: A few groceries brought over one time along with a ready to eat meal
Option 5: Other…what would you do?
Post # 2
I preferred freezer meals after I had my daughter. I prepped a ton before I had her so I was ready to go. I always wanted things that were easy to microwave or throw in the crock pot. Timing wise it was probably the hardest 3-4 weeks in. I had a bunch of visitors the first week or two and people willing to bring food but a few weeks in my freezer meals started to dwindle and my husband was back at work so I was having to cook dinner while still getting used to taking care of my newborn, it was a little trickier then when people were there to hold her.
Post # 3
There are a few casseroles that can be prepared and frozen uncooked, I would go with one or a few of those. Then they can throw it in the oven when they wish and have a fresh hot meal without the work. I’ve sent these to a few people and they love them.
My favorite :
Hamburger loose fried (1 1/2 lbs)
Sliced potatoes peeled (8 med or two bags presliced)
Two cans French green beans
Can Campbell’s cream of onion combine in a bowl with Can cream of celery
Half a small onion diced
Start with potatoes and layer, potatoes, green beans, hamburger, onion (just sprinkle over the hamburger), potatoes, then soup to cover, salt and pepper, then start another layer with green beans.
Post # 4
For me preparing meals was hardest after all the hoopla died down, maybe a few weeks after DD was born. In the beginning we had a lot of people bringing food, but then they moved on with life. Also, I found with newborn schedules it’s really hard to prepare anything, so I would bring her something already made and ready to eat. My DD slept a lot, but only if we held her, so between that, nursing, and a little playtime, I didn’t have time to make anything.
Post # 5
Don’t make anything ultra hot and spicy. If the new mum is breastfeeding the baby can have an upset stomach from the spices.