I really don't think it will be hard for me to give up household responsibilities for two reasons. 1. I don't love doing them and 2. Alex is so, so helpful around the house. I also won't have a problem sleeping when Eleanor sleeps simply because I just can't wait to lay on my stomach again!
Of course this is how I feel today, but
1. Visit Us
More than anything else, we really want you to come visit us. We are so excited that we don't have to stay in a hospital for days after the birth. We will be home 4-6 hours after! We will announce when Eleanor is born (of course) and I just ask you to give us that first night (which is already over!) to ourselves. But then please, please come see us! We will be happy to entertain friends so you can meet Eleanor and check in on us. Just don't be offended if we hog her and only let you hold her for a little bit. You may also want to call or text just to make sure we are not napping, but otherwise we are happy to have you.
2. Pray For Us
We know that being new parents is going to be a trying experience. Please include us in your daily prayers, but also offer to pray for us while you are here visiting. We would love for you to come over and pray over Eleanor too!
*edited to add: we have a meal sign up sheet if you are interested (password 1234 if you need it)
We would be the most grateful friends you have ever known if you bring us a meal after the baby comes. I know we may seem pretty difficult to feed, being vegan and all, but I assure you it is actually really easy to cook vegan, and we are not picky eaters at all! So to help you out here are a few ideas...and don't forget this blog has a whole index of vegan recipes under the Food tab.
- a big pot of vegetable soup or veggie chili
- roasted veggies and mushrooms with brown rice
- pasta and red sauce
- veggie sub sandwiches
- giant salads
- baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes
- fruit (grapes, bananas, apples, pears)
- almond milk
- brown rice
- frozen veggies
- cans of vegetable soup
- Joel's Tofu or Veggie sushi, miso soup, veggie pad thai
- Harris Teeter grilled veggie subs
- Rice fun (any tofu dish)
- Salsarita's veggie burritos
- Panera vegetable or black bean soup and veggie sandwiches without cheese
We plan to cloth diaper straight from the beginning. This means at least a load of laundry every single day. Don't worry, you don't have to deal with the dirty dipes, they will go straight in a bag, and the bag and diapers will all go in the wash together and I probably would never ask you to do that for me anyway. But while you are here, and the clean diapers are all spread on the nursery floor, you could definitely offer to help me assemble them or fold laundry while we are visiting together.
That's all. There's no way I would ask you to do dishes (that's what dishwashers are for) or mop the floors (that's why we have a swiffer) but if you really want to help us out, just remember food is the way to our hearts! And despite having a new baby in the house, I don't think our social nature will change, so please, please come and see us.