Last May, I became a mother to a 6lb, 8.9 oz little wonder. The weeks that followed were filled with a steady stream of visitors–family, friends, and my doula. I was definitely challenged as I tried to take care of my daughter, breastfeed and pump, catch sleep whenever possible, and remember to eat/hydrate adequately. In the year since that time, with the support of my husband, family, and a local in home daycare, my daughter has grown into a healthy, exuberant little lady.
In the past few months, a number of friends and a family member have given birth. I started bringing bags of helpful items to the new moms during visits–things which could meet essential needs in a pinch.
Here’s what I included in a typical bag. Most items can be found at Trader Joe’s. Feel free to add/subtract as you like!
Things to bring new moms:
- A non perishable meal, such as a bag of pasta (gluten free or regular, depending on the mom) and sauce. Dinner in a pinch for Mom and Dad!
- A bottle of lotion. My hands were constantly cracked from washing bottles, washing my hands after diaper changes, and the like. New moms can all benefit from lotion.
- Jojoba oil. It can be used to clean pores, moisturize, refresh tired skin, etc. I started using it in the first six months after my daughter was born and have been addicted ever since.
- Non-perishable snacks, such as kale chips, on the go size bags of nuts and dried fruits, and the like. I would sometimes wake up starving in the middle of the night because I hadn’t eaten enough during the day, or I hadn’t snagged something during my daughter’s last feeding. A small boost can help you remain energized during the day or help with a rumbling belly at an odd hour.
- Lip gloss. New moms may not have time for a full face, but a little gloss, especially a more natural/lightweight one, can feel amazing.
Other thoughts: Bring a meal. We benefited from a number of dinners, especially those which included enough for multiple meals. My godmother brought lunch on a few occasions, as did my mother-in-law. Bringing breakfast can also be a huge help for a new mom, as she’ll be set with a good foundation for her morning. Whatever you do, please know it will be gratefully appreciated.
Here’s a photo of me before the first show on September 15th at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. I later performed in our fall annual show at the Hoover Theatre on September 27th, and our holiday showcase on December 12th.
This was a Santa Rosa event featuring vintage cycles, mustache artwork, live music, and food. Good times:)
I’d previously co-hosted with my cousin, but this was my first solo attempt:) Our guests were generous, and I was able to exceed my personal goal of $1000.
I was invited to speak at the 2012 Making Strides kick-off breakfast in Burlingame. I brought my mother and two good friends. My mother received a rose and was recognized as a survivor:).
I just signed up for the San Jose/Almaden Relay for Life. This will be my first American Cancer Society event since Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and my first Relay for Life. I’ll be walking on behalf of my mother, a breast cancer survivor, and for relatives who have battled various forms of cancer and lost. I believe that we’re all placed on earth for a reason, and mine is to help defeat this horrible disease. I’ve set my fundraising goal at $1000, and I intend to reach it prior to the relay on May 5, 2012. Every dollar will help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Could you help in the fight against cancer?
Visit my page here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY12CA?px=22297022&pg=personal&fr_id=36388
2011 was truly a year of firsts for me, and I remain grateful for all of them. Hopefully 2012 will bring many new adventures!
Here were some of my firsts:
1) I appeared on Kofy TV’s Dance Party.
2) I helped host a friend’s bridal shower while battling laryngitis & organized a wonderful spa bachelorette outing for her.
3) I visited London and Paris for the first time.
4) I organized Team Don’t Stop Believing for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and participated in fundraising, open house planning, and the 5k walk itself. Our team raised over $3500 in the fight against breast cancer!
6) I served as Maid of Honor in my good friend’s wedding.
7) I ran a 10k, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, on Thanksgiving Day.
8) I saw my mother fight breast cancer and emerge even stronger.
Here’s to 2012!