Normal People

by Meg on April 29, 2013



I know how normal women prepare to go into labor because I’ve read about them on the Internet. They “nest”: scrubbing the baseboards, cleaning out cabinets, and getting the carpets steam-cleaned. They fill their freezers with lasagnas and other easily reheated foods that will sustain a new family during those hectic postpartum days. At the very least, they pack hospital bags and read What to Expect When You’re Expecting.I did none of those things. Sure, there were moments in the final weeks of my pregnancy when I looked around and thought, “We should really unpack that last box from the move” …But instead I went into the kitchen and made brownies.

Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen wrote this article for Martha Stewart magazine in the fall of 2012 and it sounded so much like me – I couldn’t help but share it. The calls, texts and emails have been coming through for days now:

“how’s it going over there”

“baby yet?”

“baby check”


“are you still pregnant?”


Yep, I’m still pregnant and still cooking… Smile

At the time, recipes made a lot more sense to me than the endless on-line debates about homeopathic colic cures and co-

sleeping. I may not have been an expert on baby-led weaning, but in my kitchen, I knew what I was doing.


So, while others call and stop by saying ‘how are you not freaking out’ – I cook. I cut, chop and mince making lunch and dinners for whoever stops by- our door is always revolving with hungry mouths to feed- which I love.

I started with making mini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies- as Deb says it’s important to feed the Labor and Delivery floor. Who doesn’t love mini cookies to nibble on through the day!?!


I used the King Arthur Flour cookie mix because it was in my cupboard- and why not!?! This mix doesn’t taste like a normal gf mix cookie but reminds me of an chocolate chip cookie you dream of as a gluten freer. Bottom-line: they are buttery and delicious!


Next, I made a large batch of granola for our midwife, nurses, and anyone else who might be at our house in the morning for breakfast in the weeks to come(note: it’s in the freezer chest in the basement).


My batch made 6 mason jars and two bags of oat filled deliciousness- I had already given away three jars by the time I had taken these pictures- it goes fast!!


I don’t remember every detail of my days at the hospital, only that nothing — not a single thing — was as terrible as I’d imagined during those fretful nights in the kitchen. Motherhood was more intuitive than I’d expected; diapers and swaddling blankets were easily procured, and not reading those books hardly prevented me from knowing how to soothe my frightened new- born, because who else knew my own baby better than I?” – couldn’t be said anymore perfectly Deb !

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