I found making meals after I brought my newborns home the most daunting and unappealing task.
I knew I should eat but I was so tired that I just couldn't bother with anything other than toast, so when people showed up with food I was beyond grateful. The only problem was sometimes the food showed all up at once so I had a ton of food for three days and then nothing for the rest of the week (I'm sure I ate some "questionable" leftovers at the time but I didn't care.)
This is why this Meal Baby registry is so brilliant.
All you have to do is, set up a free registry, list the days you'd appreciate a meal, then send out an email to let people know they are invited to participate (or add it to your regular registry like I did on Baby List.)
There's even a spot where you can put your likes, dislikes, any allergies and how many people need to be fed.
Participants register themselves then pick the date that they'll bring the food. If they aren't in the cooking mood, they can even select a gift card or donate to a food charity instead. (By the way, I like that they have to register so looky-lous can't see what you're eating, although, I have no idea why I care.) Plus, because they're resgistered, they get a friendly little reminder email from Meal Baby to let them know that their day is coming up.
Here's a sample registry:
I set up a registry for myself so feel free to go in and register fake meals for me to see how it works – the Blue Wiggle is already bringing me something on August 10th, I can't wait because that man knows me so well. Check it out.
So I love this idea on three levels: One, it is a nice way to ask people to bring you food without being bossy boots. Two, it allows the people that aren't as baby crazy to help out in a really meaningful way. And three, it is a fantastic way to spread out visitors so you're not bombarded with everyone all at once.
Is this a great idea or what? After all, there is only so much room in the freezer and your husband can only make his famous chili so many times. Toot! Toot!
Now get yourself hooked up for some free grub. Yum!