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2. Bring lunch or dinner or help set up a meal train for the first few weeks.
3. Drop off a "nursing" or "late night" gift basket - easy-to-eat snacks (cheese & crackers, snack mix, nuts), chocolates, fruit, fresh juice or herbal tea.
4. Gift or lend her your favorite books about motherhood - one of Katie's favorites is Great with Child (it's beautiful!)
5. Offer to run some errands for her - send a quick text when you are planning to run to Target or the grocery store and offer to pick up a few things she might need.
6. Don't drop in unannounced...and never if you're feeling even the slightest inkling of a cold, cough, etc.
7. Help with the older siblings - when you visit, offer to take them out for a bike ride or babysit for the morning. It would be also be thoughtful to bring a craft or activity for them...something that doesn't require too much adult supervision. Charlie's latest favorite tabletop activity is Mess Free Coloring. Who knew such a thing even existed?!
8. When you visit, offer to hold the baby if she wants to make lunch (or you can make lunch for her!) or take a shower.
9. Don't stay too long when you visit. Keep your visit under 45 minutes unless it seems like she needs/wants help and the baby is awake. If the baby is asleep, there's a good chance she might want to catch up on sleep too!
10. Tell her that she looks wonderful and is doing an amazing job!
Thank you, Katie! and thank you to Carole for hosting another great week! (if you're not already playing along with Ten on Tuesday, click here to join the fun).