Three months later and I'm still talking about life after labor. There are so many layers of transition that I shed as each new week passes on by. I wanted to share something that helped my family tremendously during the first few weeks of bringing baby Oak home, and still now as a very busy family of four. I feel speaking openly about the difficulties of adding another family member is taboo in the silliest of ways. All of us women know how difficult it is, but few actually speak on it. Heck, I was one. I felt weird and at times ungrateful for openly feeling any other emotion besides happiness of course. The truth of it is, with the joy, there is equal parts of total madness within yourself. You're physically present, but mentally... not so much. Giving birth is a huge event that takes months to fully recover from. Now that Oak is three months old, I finally feel like I am out of it, and I am so very thankful for that time and for what is to come!
A week or so after Oak was born I remember talking with Peter, and asking "Does having two mean we eat-out often?" Does it mean that I would have to give up the notion of creating and feeding my family healthy and loving meals? It seemed as if the answer was yes. Slowly but surely I realized the answer was no. Yes, there will be a few nights a week where we will scan Seamless in search of a balanced (and sometimes not so balanced) meal. With Peter being a freelancer and with me juggling so many roles, home cooked meals most days of the week was on the bottom of the totem poll. I learned that when I did create a meal, it had to be fast, it had to cook without needing too much attention, and of course it had to be delicious.
With that, I turned to our farmers market, a Saturday ritual for many in our neighborhood. In the past I often skipped the farmers market for a brunch date as a family. Now, I look forward to the market every Saturday. I know it is the root of most of my weekly meals. See, there's this undeniable pressure when purchasing fresh produce. Once you spend the money on fresh goods, you have to use them. This pressure has been an amazing thing for me during this time of transition. Every other night or so, in less than an hour of baking, I can promise my family a tasty meal for dinner. I can also promise that we will probably pull breakfast and lunch for the next day out of that same meal. I'm sure many already know that this is the easiest way to feed yourself and your family post baby. But if you are like me and felt blank in the world of meals, I hope you find this one pot meal-ish tip helpful.
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