The Most Memorable Breakfast-For-Dinner Experience
Let me take you back in time to when my now-husband and I were still one year away from getting engaged. On a whim, I decided I was going to make “S” the best breakfast-for-dinner meal. I do not like pancakes very much, but “S” does, so I thought I would brew coffee, make scrambled eggs, and whip up some chocolate chip pancakes!
My scrambled eggs were a bit under-cooked, so yours truly thought to zap them in the microwave for ten seconds rather than put them back on the stove. The result? Rubbery eggs.*
My pancake mix was expired (I mentioned how I don’t like pancakes, right?) which made for dense and dry pancakes. Not having chocolate chips in my cupboard (How does that happen!?) left me chopping up and using bloomed baking chocolate. The good news? The coffee was great and we’ve been laughing about those rubbery eggs and the dense pancakes sprinkled with chocolate that tasted like dust since the moment I served it.
Why do I share this story? That was just one of many meals over the years that one of us (usually me) have prepared with less than desirable outcomes. We laugh about it and learn from it for future meals.
Laughter and Learning
That’s how we’ve navigated married life and how we’re trying to navigate this new world of parenting – to laugh with each other and through loads of learning.
It is refreshing to know that joy and learning to improve as a team is the goal, not perfection.
At our one-month visit with the pediatrician, we had a laundry list of things we had tried around sleeping, feeding, clothing, etc. and a short list of things we found that worked for a day or two before they stopped working. Our pediatrician’s response to our many observations and bullet pointed concerns?
“She’s gaining weight and seems happy.” Smiling at our daughter, he continued, “It sounds like you’re all doing a great job getting to know each other.”
He wasn’t brushing off our concerns or being blasé. He was serious, and we found ourselves reassured about laughter while we learn.
There is a certain confidence that comes with appreciating where we are, recognizing that we do not have any of the answers, and trusting that we are best suited to parent our daughter. So, we keep our forks because as good (read: joyful, confusing, exhausting, and exciting) as life is now, we believe the best is yet to come.
*Please note, my husband and I laugh since he has named me the best omelet maker in our house 🙂
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