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I came home from the hospital late Friday afternoon, just in time to meet the boys at the bus stop. I showered, changed my clothes, and unpacked the plastic hospital bag of pajamas and books and other ward-approved belongings. A few hours later, I made dinner. Chicken and poblano tostadas with roasted zucchini, to be exact.
It was the easiest way to feel normal again.
I've since learned not to rush back into "normal" too quickly -- the next day I attempted to take all the kids to all the lessons and then run all the errands by myself and nearly broke down in overwhelmed, anxious tears the YMCA parking lot -- but to focus on the little things. Like scrambling eggs, packing up backpacks for camp, folding laundry, making dinner.
(Opting for comfort food much? Oh, you know it.)
Dinner I can do. Dinner I can handle. Dinner has to happen one way or another, and I feel better and stronger for making an effort to spend 30-40 minutes on it rather than ordering a pizza and calling it a night. Step one, step two, step three. Prep the vegetables, sear the protein, make a quick sauce. Taste, season, serve, eat.
(And of course, let everybody else handle the cleanup and the dishes.)
We still get Blue Apron delivered just about every week (unless we know we'll be away or have lots of other plans going on), and without a doubt, it still makes everything so much easier. I don't have to menu plan or shop, other than looking at eight recipes on my phone and tapping my favorite three. (Although this is sometimes the most difficult decision I'll make all week.)
The boxes show up -- two boxes of Blue Apron's 2-person plan feeds the five of nicely, plus frequent leftovers. Everything goes in the fridge at some point -- we don't even rush to unpack it, since everything stays super fresh and cold for a wizard-like amount of time. And dinner is completely handled for three nights of the week, whenever we need it. We get to try new things or offer the kids more complicated takes on their favorites. (I'm not a sandwich person in general but know by now that if Blue Apron has a sandwich or burger on the menu, GET IT. It'll be amazing, every time.)
And beyond all that convenience and variety is something even more important: Every night I am there. In the kitchen, at the table. Just like before. Just like always.
Thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post. The first 50 readers to sign up with Blue Apron with this link will get $50 off their first two weeks!