One of the things I missed most during pregnancy was the pleasure of eating raw oysters. Oysters are some of my favorite things to eat; I was once part of a trio that ate five dozen (!) raw oysters during happy hour at Hog’s Island Oyster Bar in Napa County. I swore that one of my first post-partum meals had to be raw oysters.
Our first day home from the hospital, my wonderful husband remembered. He cycled to Noordermarkt and returned with half a dozen big, beautiful raw oysters from France plus eight smaller, sweeter local oysters. We had them for dinner that night, raw, on ice, with a squeeze of lemon. It was perfect.
I’m not a big drinker, so I didn’t really mourn the loss of wine during my pregnancy. But Tala’s first week home, we had a very special family guest who brought over nine bottles of alcohol, including champagne, Pastis, scotch (for Marlon), and several bottles from his private wine cellar. If there was ever a way to return to alcohol post-pregnancy, this was certainly it.
These are only two of the long-awaited post-partum pleasures I’ve been able to enjoy in the last two and a half weeks—and I have a long list of things I’m looking forward to. Some of them might surprise you!