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Friday, March 25, 2011

Quinn Walker Makes an Entrance

Exactly one month ago, on February 25, 2011, our dear friends, Heather & Matt, brought a little boy named Quinn Jae-Hwa Walker into this world. And they haven’t slept a wink since.

Quinn is gorgeous. Especially when he flutters open his tiny little eyes and wrinkles up his lips into a perfect little “o” shape.


My brother, Mark, will testify that his memory of the first three months of his daughter's life is one blurry, sleepy haze. My other brother, Chad, and his wife are having a baby in April, and I'm betting that Chad is savouring his sleep now while Hiromi is stock piling food in her freezer. It’s amazing, I'm told, how fast time flies when every drop of attention and energy is spent on making sure a baby is warm, happy and comfortable. When do you sleep? Never. When do you eat? When you remember that you haven’t eaten anything in sixteen hours.

So, Elianna and I decided to cook up a feast fit for new parents. There was even a shared google document titled "Operation Feed the New Parents". We wanted to stock their fridge and freezer with the kind of comforting food that sleep-deprived friends can reheat in seconds when they don't even have the energy to order take-out.

Left to right, back to front:

Spicy Veggie Thai Yellow Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice
Pre-Grilled Rack of Lamb (courtesy of Neil and Mission Gastroclub)
Harvest Grains (israeli couscous, orzo, chickpeas, red quinoa) with Spinach
Trader Joe's Root Vegetable chips
Chicken Chickpea Soup (with homemade stock)
Fresh sweet potato bread
Banana Walnut Muffins
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Poppyseeds

It's not the best photo, but you get the idea. We were in too much of a rush to play with lighting and our friends were hungry!

To be honest, it made me feel good to do this for them. Being a new parent is no easy feat and I wanted to offer whatever support I could (which, if you know me, "support" comes in the form of food).

Happy one-month old Birthday, Quinn. We are all so blessed for your arrival in this world.

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