Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Feeding New Mommies

So three weeks ago, little baby E was born to Pleather and Leeanne. We gave the happy family some time to themselves but couldn't resist inviting ourselves over for a peek at the mommies and baby E. Like every other person in our lives who had a baby, Pleather and Leeanne were well stocked with every baby thing you could imagine, including the most fashionable baby sling in the world. What I've learned from Lady Lancaster is the best thing we could do for the new family was to give them food. When you are focused on feeding the baby, your own eating habits fly out the window. Being food focused that I am, when I first found out about the birth of Baby Lancaster, I went to the Yes, Natural Market and got a gallon of water and a half gallon of Odwalla orange juice to bring to the new family who were in the hospital because Baby Lancaster had a bit of the jaundice and was being tanned like a rock star. Lady Lancaster let me know all of the brain friendly foods with lots of folic acid that would help Baby Lancaster turn into a genius. So I roasted a chicken, made pumpkin bread with walnuts and raisins, made an asparagus quiche, and spaghetti and meatballs (where I put ground walnuts into them).

Visitng Pleather and Leeanne, I made two caramelized onion and pancetta quiches. I learned another bit if information in the feeding and care of new mommies. Finger food is good. Soup is bad. You see, new mommies are often holding their new babies so trying to eat a hot liquid can be a challenge. Food that doesn't require utensils makes eating easier. I'm already thinking in my next visit, I will be making spinach balls, homemade chicken nuggets, and lots and lots of cookies. For those readers who have children? What did you eat in the weeks after you gave birth?


Demetrius said...

Amberleigh just delivered our first child (Isabella) in late November, and agree that having utensil friendly foods is a good thing.

When we were in the hospital, my mother-in-law made us chicken adobo. We have also enjoyed home made spinach balls, lumpia, and marinated bean sprouts.

We try and cook a meal at least two or three times a week, but also sad to say that sometimes it isn't anything more fancy than mac-n-cheese.

Our daugther is growing beautifully though, and am glad to report that at three months she is becoming quite the foodie herself.

Rosa said...

I'm sure anything you take over will be appreciated. I only know from being a mom that the mother will not have a "hot" meal in many years to come. I think the baby (kid, teenager, adult) smells the food and gets fussy, dunno. Anyway, something that tastes as good cool than hot is my suggestion. And, of course, if she is breast feeding, you might want to lay off on something that will make the baby "gassy." No one wants a colicy baby! Ouch. Congrats to the new family.