To say that the past few months have been “crazy” would be an understatement. I feel like I haven’t been able to come up for air since about April. As hard as this small chapter of life has been, I feel incredibly lucky and blessed with the way things have worked out. My biggest blessing has most definitely been the early arrival of my son Oliver! His early entrance was due to a serious condition called HELLP Syndrome that I developed unexpectedly during my pregnancy. I delivered Oliver by emergency c-section on June 24th, 2012. I was 28 weeks pregnant to the day, making his arrival close to three months early. Thankfully baby Ollie is doing fantastic. It’s everything we could ask or hope for with such an early arrival and there is no reason to believe that he shouldn’t grow to be a perfect and healthy boy. We just celebrated his one month birthday and NICU stay. He will most likely be in the NICU for another 4-6 weeks as he grows bigger and stronger until he is ready to come home. For the time being, he is being taken care of by the sweetest team of NICU nurses this side of the Mississippi. I’m lucky enough to hold him every day and spend time with him at the hospital singing songs and talking about the big exciting life that I envision him having.
Right before Oliver was born I had just finished filming season 4 of Kelsey’s Essentials. I had a strategic plan in place to make the most of my last three months of pregnancy that included getting settled into our new apartment and putting together a nursery for the baby, finding a weekend to relax and breath somewhere warm, and to finish writing my cookbook. It was going to be tight, but I knew that I could do it. Well, 10 days after we wrapped filming, I delivered a baby and that plan went straight out the window.
Now my days are filled with frantic cookbook writing in the mornings and visits to the hospital to see my sweet boy in the afternoon and evenings. I know that things will get even crazier once he gets home (which I cannot wait for!), so I’m doing my best to try and focus on getting as much done for the cookbook as possible. I’m usually writing headnotes for recipes during my subway rides to and from the hospital trying to take advantage of every free second.
Even though the cookbook is sandwiched in between chaos in my life right now, I’m so excited about it! The book has been in the works for quite some time and I’m so thrilled that the initial content is almost finished and ready for the next stages. If there is anything you would like to see specifically in a cookbook from yours truly, please let me know. I spend a lot of time thinking about who will read and cook from this book and how I can best write recipes and content that will be helpful to that reader. I told my husband Robby the other day that I feel like writing this book is like “writing the biggest book report of my life…except for the fact that I’m actually writing the book.” It’s a report or collection of recipes that I’m reporting from my kitchen to yours. Essential recipes that I make and love and think every home cook should have in their back pocket.
So my life right now can be summed up with two words –”baby” and “book.” I cannot wait for Oliver to come home and pray for progress every day that gets him one step closer. The book is a good distraction from my worry as a new mother with a baby in the NICU and a great project to wrap up before I take some time to be with my baby and adjust to new life as a mama. I’ve surrendered to the fact that life will never be the same and I’ll most likely be tired for the rest of my life, but that’s okay…in fact it’s perfect. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and knew that this day would arrive soon, I just can’t believe it’s actually here! Stay tuned for more regular updates on baby, book, and all things food!