At home, my family currently consists of two humans and two cats—an even tie. In about a month, the balance will tip towards the human side with the arrival of our first child. It is wondrous, and a bit surreal, to be preparing to bring a new life into our world. As I write this our baby is quietly developing, getting closer and closer to readiness for life outside the womb. I ‘m in awe of the developmental process, the intimate bond between mother and baby and the movements I feel when I place my hands on my wife’s pregnant belly. As a soon-to-be father I feel a powerful need to nurture and provide, both for my pregnant wife and our developing baby. Providing regular and nourishing meals is a big part of what I can do to support them both.
At our prenatal classes we were advised to make plans for feeding ourselves during those first few weeks of caring for our new baby. Apparently we will likely be in a sleep deprived zombie-like state (from breastfeeding, and diapering every couple hours) and our current meal pattern will most likely be turned upside down. I would like to reach out to our readers for advice from practiced parents. In those first sleep-deprived weeks after the birth of your child how did you manage to make and eat healthy meals? I would really appreciate tried and true solutions, especially those that don’t require a big freezer to store frozen meals (we only have a small freezer on our apartment-sized fridge).