Man, what a week! As I sit typing this I’m looking at my beautiful week old daughter. Yes, Andreas and I welcomed Katerina Ela Matern on Tuesday 20, October at 8:19am. She is wonderful, and through my sleep deprivation, I am on cloud 9. It’s a lot harder than I could ever imagine, but also so much more fantastic than I could have ever imagined.
One of the perks to having a baby is that people bring you food – all of the time. At the hospital, Mick and Monique brought us Italian subs from Bova’s in the North End and cannolli from Mike’s Pastry. I had been craving an Italian sub for the nine months of pregnancy since I wasn’t allowed lunch meat. It really hit the spot! To top it off, Mick came by that same night with a pastrami sandwich from his favorite place in Mission Hill, Wan Convenience store. No Web site, but it is praised here. Mick goes on about this sandwich like it’s a Seinfeld episode. He was finally able to get his hands on one, and brought it to us. It was worth the wait. It’s not a typical pastrami sandwich – it’s on a sub roll and served with a sweet mustard. The pastrami is greasy, but full of flavor. I can see why he goes on and on about it.
Once we got home, my parents came by with beef stew from my Aunt Mary. I don’t know how she can make stews and soups taste so good, but she has a knack. We had it with a lovely crusty bread and a nice glass of wine.
Christine brought over a delicous squash stew on Saturday along with some brown rice. Again, it was so filling and tasty and yummy.
On Sunday my family descended from my brother’s birthday dinner. In came stuffed shells, meatballs and sausage, salad and two different kinds of cupcakes. Oh, and my dad made his patented “baboon” bread, a savory version of Monkey bread.
So, the no sleep thing kind of stinks, and the breast feeding is a full time job, but with the help of friends and family, we are not going hungry!