Ok, so we had a baby over here! That’s my rock-solid excuse for not blogging for most of December and January: lost in baby-land.
(For those that are curious, it’s a girl, 3,78 kilos/8 lbs. 5 oz., healthy, and adorable–see right)
Relatives and friends have arrived in droves to coo over the new little one. Babies are popular excuses for a visit in Brazil. It’s been great fun to hang out with everyone and talk baby, even more fun to eat all the traditional foods that come with births. I was looking forward to it since 8 months!
In the USA fathers hand out cigars (or the candy version–does anyone still hand out the real thing?). In Brazil dads offer you a celebratory shot of infused cachaça rum infused with losna (absinthe?) herb.
A few foods are made to help strengthen the newly breastfeeding mother and help her to produce more milk. They’re delicious, though, so everyone else gets in on the action–lactating and non-lactating alike. Vats of canjica and pirão sit on the stove at the ready to serve mama and the arriving hoards of visitors.
And then I have heard the rumor that drinking dark beer also aids milk production–good grains and extra iron, they say…They strongly refuted it in my prenatal classes. though. Something about alcohol not being good for baby? Just a nitpicky trivial detail, that.
Darnitall, because I was looking forward to that one!