Thursday, September 16, 2010

baby week oh ten

 Little Miss O.

In the past year, three of my closest friends in Nacogdoches have had babies (two in the past week alone!). As we've welcomed new additions to our ranks - including Olivia, Ruby June and Andrew, not to mention Ruby's older sister, Rees - my friends (the Queens of Southern Hospitality) have made it a habit to organize a meal delivery service for the new parents. In the past, we've set up a shared Google document and invited friends and family to sign up for days, knowing that the dinners and desserts we deliver have given our friends time to rest and bond with their new babies.

A few weeks ago, my friend Sonnie found a website that has made this whole process a million times easier. It's called MealBaby and it's totally free. You create an account, complete a questionnaire about culinary likes, dislikes, allergies, etc., and then everyone can sign up for a day and note what they're bringing (because no one wants two solid weeks of mac and cheese - or do they?). MealBaby will also send you a reminder email the day before your dinner is due, which has been nice.

And even though it's called MealBaby, you can use it to organize meals for anyone going through a life change. A surgery, an illness, a death in the family. For someone who equates food with love, the chance to help a friend through a transition - whether it's the joyful welcoming of a new child or the sad goodbye to a loved one - is one I cannot pass up. And speaking of helping - do you have any other ideas or advice on how to support people who are juggling newborns? Having only had puppies, I know they need more than a baby gate and an extra bag of dog food, but as for specifics? I'd love some fresh ideas.