New parents put a lot of thought and effort into how to care for their newborn, but they don't always spend as much time caring for themselves. Sure, a certain amount of selflessness comes with the territory, but it's also worth remembering--especially during those crazy early days--the rule of airplane oxygen masks: you need to take care of yourself so you're able to take care of your child. At the very basic level, this means don't forget to EAT.
"It takes milk to make milk," my mother told me on the day I brought my first baby home from the hospital, and even though I suspect that equation isn't literally true, the message was that I should make sure I'm supporting my body in a way that will help support my baby. I was lucky to have my mom stay with us for the first two weeks of my son's life, and one of the most helpful things she did was cook our meals. The best way I can explain her role was that she took care of us so we could focus on taking care of the baby. Without her help, I'm not sure what we would have done. I hadn't prepared any freezer meals, and we don't have that many options for food delivery. We didn't have a community of local friends bringing by casseroles and lasagna. Without my mom, I probably would have sent my husband out for fast food and/or rummaged through the pantry for hopefully non-expired canned goods. Creamed corn, anyone?
I'm curious what others have done, particularly if you didn't have a helpful family member staying with you. Did you prepare freezer meals ahead of time like some sort of supermom? Did you survive on fast food, take-out, and delivery? (Confession: On the way home from the hospital with my second son, we stopped at Chipotle.) Did friends and family bring you food according to a detailed spreadsheet schedule? Did you just go on cooking as much as usual? Did you survive on creamed corn?
What/How did you eat during those first few days (or weeks) after bringing the baby home?
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