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After the birth of our baby girl, our Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader did a wonderful thing for us: she organized a Meal Train.
A Meal Train is a lineup of families who deliver pre-made meals to new parents. Mealtrain.com allows the organizer to set up a timeline for meal deliveries and to send email invitations to families who’d like to deliver meals. Additional friends or family members who may want to help, but who might not have been on the meal train organizer’s original email list can easily be added.
Meal Trains are also great for grieving families or for families who could use an extra hand during a deployment!
The day we came home from the hospital with Small Shaw, we had baked macaroni and cheese waiting for us. In the days to come, we received beef stew, enchiladas, homemade granola, fruit & veggie trays, pasta dishes, and more. The visits from wives in our unit were a pick-me-up each evening, and the meals have been a Godsend for us, allowing us to focus on time with our baby instead of planning meals or making fast food runs.
One of the most creative things a friend did for us as part of the meal train was make homemade, frozen chocolate chip cookie dough bites. Each was ready to go onto a cookie sheet, no preparation necessary (not even slicing!). The dough bites were wrapped in butcher’s paper, and directions were written on the outside. How sweet is that?
Did your friends or family organize a meal train after your baby was born?
What were your favorite postpartum snacks or meals?