Thursday, March 31, 2011


My friend Kate sent me a link to a great post over at Gloria LeMay Birth Blog. It's called "After the birth, what a family needs." It contains a really good list of ideas for helping out a family with a newborn (hint, hint):
1. Buy us toilet paper, milk and beautiful whole grain bread.
2. Buy us a new garbage can with a swing top lid and 6 pairs of black cotton underpants (women’s size____).
3. Make us a big supper salad with feta cheese, black Kalamata olives, toasted almonds, organic green crispy things and a nice homemade dressing on the side. Drop it off and leave right away. Or, buy us frozen lasagna, garlic bread, a bag of salad, a big jug of juice, and maybe some cookies to have for dessert. Drop it off and leave right away.
4. Come over about 2 in the afternoon, hold the baby while I have a hot shower, put me to bed with the baby and then fold all the piles of laundry that have been dumped on the couch, beds or in the room corners. If there’s no laundry to fold yet, do some.
5. Come over at l0 a.m., make me eggs, toast and a 1/2 grapefruit. Clean my fridge and throw out everything you are in doubt about. Don’t ask me about anything; just use your best judgment.
6. Put a sign on my door saying “Dear Friends and Family, Mom and baby need extra rest right now. Please come back in 7 days but phone first. All donations of casserole dinners would be most welcome. Thank you for caring about this family.”
7. Come over in your work clothes and vacuum and dust my house and then leave quietly. It’s tiring for me to chat and have tea with visitors but it will renew my soul to get some rest knowing I will wake up to clean, organized space.
8. Take my older kids for a really fun-filled afternoon to a park, zoo or Science World and feed them healthy food.
9. Come over and give my husband a two hour break so he can go to a coffee shop, pub, hockey rink or some other r & r that will delight him. Fold more laundry.
10. Make me a giant pot of vegetable soup and clean the kitchen completely afterwards. Take a big garbage bag and empty every trash basket in the house and reline with fresh bags.
I'm definitely not one to ask for help -- even though I know I'll need it. So if you're one of my local friends, you can take this post as a call for assistance. Although, No. 8 is not applicable to me, it's a good tip for other families.

No matter how helpful it may, I'm definitely not going to tell you my underpants size.

*Assistance - help; aid; support


  1. Great suggestions! And great fodder for my blog post tomorrow. You've inspired me. :o)

  2. Are you sure you don't need me to take the SO to the zoo and feed him a healthy lunch?

    Yes those are great ideas. Specially the dinner ideas. ;-)

  3. @Lisa, always happy to help.

    @Tiffany, you might be on to something there.