Summer pudding, (thanks to my mother-in-law, who made this delectable dessert from Ina's recipe)
With the whipped cream.
Have you all heard of this dinner delivery thing as a way to help out families with new babies? A friend set this up for us. . . she e-mailed a list we gave her of friends and family about 6 weeks before baby was due, asking if they would be wiling to bring us dinner after baby comes. The e-mail had food info (like no meat, and nothing frozen, you can customize to your heart's content) and when to drop off (like between 3-6pm)
Then, after Lydia was born, she e-mailed out a list with dates, every other day, and people signed up next to a date and replied all. It was amazing! After a flurry of e-mails, within a 1/2 hour we had dinner scheduled every other night for over a month! (Reply all is key here.)
It's not just the Cuban black beans and rice, 3 lasagnas, pesto pasta salad, falafel with a quinoa salad, ginger tofu with veggies, French silk pie, this amazing lemon pasta dish (again from Ina), multiple ice cream cartons, heavenly salads, fruits and berries, Thai food from the best take-outs, brownies, raspberry tarts. . . that all has been amazing to eat (and eat and eat) but it's the visits and the effort that have meant to much to us.
Knowing that people were making dinner for us, for our family, and then coming over to hold Lydia and feed us-- it has been priceless. We have been so grateful and so moved by all this generous effort. Most visits don't even last 10 minutes, just a drive by and a kiss for our wee one, lots of times kids are waiting in the car. . . We have been totally speechless and it's hard to even know how to thank everyone.
I can't recommend this enough-especially for anyone with more than one child, in lieu of a baby shower. (We sure don't need more stuff!) It was so great when friends asked what they could do to help a few months back, and I could tell them about the dinner list. They felt happy they could help in a concrete way, and I felt so happy I could say "yes, actually you CAN help me." What a concept. Thank you friends and family, so much.