Bye Bye, Wannado City:-( When I told Erik that Wannado City in Ft. Lauderdale would be closing in January, he freaked. We don't go often, but it is a fun place for the six to nine y.o. crowd. If possible, check it out before it closes.
My Dad Will Be Thrilled...with this late-breaking news from The New York Times--Cupcakes are out! Pie is in! (He really likes pie.) I'm not quite sure I buy it; I mean, cupcakeries are still opening left and right here in Miami, but it's something to ponder.
Vomit Hacks: Skyler went a few rounds with a stomach flu over the weekend, so this hack, and additional suggestions from the comments section, were relevant. Yeah, it's gross, but I hear there's something going around, so YOU'RE WELCOME.
Too Scared To Push? Yep. Ummm, I have to confess, that the title of this parenting.com article, "Too Scared to Push? Fear of Childbirth Leads to Rise in C-Sections" makes me think of...myself. When I was pregnant with Elle, there was a lot of buzz in the media about celebrity c-sections, and how all these celebs were scheduling their births to avoid inconveniences like, oh, schedule conflicts and stretched vaginas. Oh, how I yearned for my very own celebrity c-section. ( If you want to know the WHOLE TRUTH, I secretly wished that I could just be put to sleep and wake up with a baby, like in the old days. [insert horrified mommy judgement gasps here.] But, you know, they don't do that any more. It's like, dangerous for the baby. And you could die.) My desire for a scheduled c-section had nothing to do with a stretched vagina or scheduling around the SYSCO Food Show, and everything to do with FEAR. The fear of the known (c-section) seemed much less frightening than the fear of the unknown (that would be straight up vaginal birth, with all its possible last minute complications.) Anyway, turns out I didn't even bring the topic up with my doctor, for a few reasons: all my friends who had had c-sections told me I was CRAZY; my French doctor kept telling me I'd be fine because I was tall, and "tall women always have easy births", and because I already knew that said French doctor would just tell me NO and remind me that tall women always have easy births, then send my out the door with the thousandth reminder to avoid soft cheeses for the remainder of my pregnancy. However, all I'm saying is, I totally get the whole "too scared to push" business. So don't be a hater. (btw, I had the easiest birth experience ever. Apparently because I am almost six feet tall.)
It's Miami Baby Mama, Not Miami Wifey. The next time I have you over for coffee, I'd be happy to explain why I'm in a committed, long-term relationship with Erik, yet not married to him. In the meantime, check out the Comments Section of this article for 50+ perspectives on the relevance of marriage in modern times.
How To Carve A Turkey With Confidence. In Secret. Supposedly, the Whole Foods blog is going to show us how to carve a turkey "with confidence!" But alas, in the embedded video sweet, mild-mannered Hosea from Top Chef suggests that we carve the turkey alone, in the kitchen, to prevent errors caused by stage fright. (????) So if you want to know how to carve a turkey in secret because you have so little confidence you cannot cut a turkey at the table in front of your own flesh and blood, view this helpful video, courtesy of Whole Foods.
On that note, Happy Thanksgiving Miami Moms!
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