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Day 12 of Motherhood: Cravings

It’s not my mom’s Cuban kitchen without her mamoncillos. Here, in the Dominican Republic, they call them lemoncillos. She said that when my grandmother was pregnant with her, she craved and ate a ton of these and maybe that’s why she’s so obsessed with them. It came from the womb. In fact, my mom is so obsessed that when she saw a street vendor selling them she bought every branch he had. Good day for the mamoncillo guy. If that’s the case, I...

Motherhood Day 5

SnapShots: Day 5 of Motherhood

October 12, 2011 – Day 5   Day 5 of motherhood is much easier when you have help around. My mom (Abuelita to Baby Rafa) and Abuelita (Mami Dora to Baby Rafa) are head over for their first grand/great-grand daughter so to say they are hands on is an understatement. Thanks goodness. I’m loving my village right about now. Many of you told me (and Jersey) to get the cuddles in because once I had the baby, the dogs, particularly Jersey...

Welcome to Drinking the Whole Bottle!

I used to wonder what it would be like to be married or to be a mom. I would often think about traveling to places far beyond the confines of my childhood neighborhood in New Jersey. I never wondered what it would be like to have all of these things at once. In the span of 10 months I became pregnant (January), engaged (February), unemployed (April) by choice), married (July), and an expatriate living in a foreign country (August). It has Tilt-A-Whirl-ish...