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#1 of 7 Old 08-29-2011, 07:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you mamas think about this? I did it today on-line, and now Im kind of regretting it.  I mean, Im sure its great to have folks bring you food.. but will this make people feel obligated? I thought it would be a fun way to arrange baby visits... but I don't want people to take it the wrong way.  Im thinking of canceling the whole thing.  Also, now Im worried that I will get overwhelmed by a visitor each day.  Has anyone ever done this? I used mealbaby.  


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My friend arranged a meal sign-up for us with DS and is also coordinating them for us with this baby.  It is AWESOME!  I was a little reluctant with DS thinking that it would be too many visitors and we would need our space but my friend let everyone know that they were to drop off the dinner say hi, peek at the baby and leave.  It is not meant as a social engagement.  The meals were truly a blessing and SO much more appreciated than I thought!  I completely forgot to eat, let alone feed my DH while gazing at the new LO and breastfeeding. And this time I'll have my son to feed.  We did it where there was a meal every other day or couple of days which was really nice because there were always leftovers.     


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Usually someone else would handle the meal sign ups and making arrangements fir them to be dropped off, with no expectation or obligation of ever seeing mom or the baby. I've delivered dozens of meals and I usually drop off in a throw away pan so no dishes need to be washed and they don't have to worry about what goes to who and how to get it to them, etc. The person on charge would coordinate the info on any food dislikes or allergies.

I personally would feel a bit awkward doing a meal registry for myself. Usually a friend takes charge and invites a bunch of people to sign up if they want to. No pressure, kind if thing.

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Usually someone else would handle the meal sign ups and making arrangements fir them to be dropped off, with no expectation or obligation of ever seeing mom or the baby. I've delivered dozens of meals and I usually drop off in a throw away pan so no dishes need to be washed and they don't have to worry about what goes to who and how to get it to them, etc. The person on charge would coordinate the info on any food dislikes or allergies.

I personally would feel a bit awkward doing a meal registry for myself. Usually a friend takes charge and invites a bunch of people to sign up if they want to. No pressure, kind if thing.


This was what I was going to say.... but then I checked out the website (mealbaby) and it looks like a pretty neat set up. I wouldn't feel guilty about it. Did you already send the email out? If not, maybe putting something about how lots of people have mentioned that they wanted to bring a meal and you thought that this might help?

 

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A friend of mine is arranging one of these "meal trains" for me as well... and the deal is the same: if you bring a meal and are invited to stay, then stay, eat with us, clean up without asking if you should and then leave promptly... but if not, you just drop it off. I've actually been a part of these in my social circle for births, funerals, and surgeries... it's a nice way to let people know you care without being so intrusive because the pre-set "rules" are always the same... and you know it's always appreciated. I have mine set up to start three days before my mom leaves for Europe and I'm all alone with my LO for three weeks. I can't wait!


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This was what I was going to say.... but then I checked out the website (mealbaby) and it looks like a pretty neat set up. I wouldn't feel guilty about it. Did you already send the email out? If not, maybe putting something about how lots of people have mentioned that they wanted to bring a meal and you thought that this might help?

 


I agree with this, mealbaby looks awesome! I wish I had that when DD was born.

Hope it works out great for you!

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You know, this mealbaby thing would be really neat for baby showers for subsequent kids - a lot of people have all the big ticket items they need already from their first child, so asking people to contribute a meal after the birth would be a great gift alternative. 

 

And I think it's fine to do this for yourself, especially if people have expressed interest it doing it for you already - this actually makes it easier for everyone to coordinate. :-)


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