Jenna, my best friend growing up, just had her second baby. That’s us in the pic below, circa 1987 or so.
I haven’t talked to her yet, but I can imagine that she is — in equal parts — thrilled, overwhelmed, and exhausted. (And that pretty much sums up motherhood, doesn’t it?) A mutual friend set up a care calendar for her — have you heard of these? They’re a web-based way to organize meals for families during life-changing events, like the birth of a new baby. John and I are going to sign up for a meal or two. And in the meantime, because mom’s needs are usually at the bottom of the priority list after a new baby is born, I wanted to do something for Jenna that is all about HER. This is what I came up with.
It’s a gift basket of things I think she will enjoy.
Lots of fresh fruit — for when she needs a snack on the go.
A box of Earl Grey. She loves to make homemade spiced tea.
A soft little puppy for baby.
Lavender bath and shower gel. The scent is good for the soul.
A box of snacks for her toddler, and a stack of (ahem) very important news magazines for her to read while baby is sleeping.
(Of course Jack got a little territorial when he found his favorite bunny cookies in the basket. Fortunately I had purchased a second box.)
Some healthy bite-sized snacks. No cooking required.
Homemade candied roasted nuts and chocolate covered almonds.
A package of simple cotton one-sies. So she can put off laundry one more day :)
What was your favorite thing to receive as a new mom? I’d love some more ideas — as another dear friend is due tomorrow!