Did you stock your freezer with meals when you prepared for your new baby?
I remember being enormous with my first baby and it never crossed my mind to make meals ahead of time for freezing. I sat around and dreamed of friends and family coming to visit and making food and passing around the new baby for everyone to love on. That happened for about two days. Then I had to get into the kitchen. So with my second baby? I was on it. I had a toddler running amok and was about to bring home a newbie. I knew it would be hard and the idea of having to cook on top of sleepless nights and zombie days made my eye twitch. So I set out to make some meals ahead of time that I could put pop out of the freezer and into the oven.
I'm so glad I did. Like I said, I knew it would be a challenge to care for a newborn and a toddler all at once but of course I had no idea just how hard it was. And dang, it was hard! So the afternoon I spent preparing was a godsend. It kept our bellies full and the dishes to a bare minimum.
We planned the meals and made a grocery list. We bought foil pans with lids that could be frozen and transferred right into the oven. We spent one full day making casseroles and lasagna and you name it. My favorite, hands down, was this recipe for chicken enchiladas. Oh, it was so good. And the best part, of course, is that when I was dragging my feet exhausted and trying to survive those first few weeks with two babies under 19 mos. old, I didn't have to cook.
Some mamas throw freezing parties before a new baby comes. I would love to do that for a new mom. I just wish I knew those mamas before I'd already done it all myself.
Did you do any food preparation for bringing home a new baby? Have you ever helped a new mom by bringing her a hot meal? What's your favorite recipe?
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