It's easy to focus on the sleep deprivation when you have a new baby. Honestly, dealing with no sleep has been very tough and at times can certainly take away the joys of being a new Mom. Everyone keeps telling me it will get better, it's just something you have to work through the first few weeks of motherhood. No one really tells you how hard it is, and if they do, it's really hard to put yourself in their shoes since it's nothing you have ever experienced before. I remember when I was dealing with the heartbreak of infertility I would bargain with God that I would never complain about the sleepless nights, that I welcomed them if it meant that I would one day be a Mom. I am only human and although I prayed to God to become a Mom, I am not immune to the difficulty of the long, sleepless nights with a crying infant. I pretty much cry right along with her as I long for sleep. As hard as the sleepless nights have been, I am constantly reminded how blessed I am to have such a beautiful baby girl. Being a Mom is certainly the hardest job you will ever love.
Jeff and I have been so lucky to have such supportive friends and family helping us get acclimated to our new life as parents. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends, family, co-workers and neighbors who are as excited about our baby girl's arrival as we are. Our friend Andrea stopped by tonight with dinner and desert for us which was such a welcoming surprise. We stocked up on food before Jillian was born and that stash is slowly diminishing. Even after three weeks, I have not been out of the house to do any kind of shopping for our family. My parents were nice enough to come over earlier this week in hopes that I would be able to get away for an hour to catch up on our grocery and Target shopping. No such luck, Jillian must have sensed my urge to get out and decided to have the the crankiest day ever since we brought her home. My Mom is coming over tomorrow to try again, let's hope it works out, just don't tell Jill!!!
Here is the recipe for the wonderful dinner that Andrea made for us. It was actually a meal that I have been wanting to make from the Kraft Food magazine:
Bruschetta Chicken Bake:
What You Need!
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken 1/2 cup water 2 cloves garlic, minced 1-1/2 lb. COOKED boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 tsp. dried basil leaves 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
HEAT oven to 400ºF.
MIX tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until stuffing mix is moistened.
LAYER chicken, basil and cheese in 3-qt. casserole or 13x9-inch baking dish
TOP with stuffing. Bake 30 min.