baby!

Tomorrow our little dual-citizen will be two weeks old. Defying overwhelmingly skewed prediction odds from friends, family, and strangers throughout Mexico, we had a little girl. We named her Leela. I’ll write more later about her birth, but all in all it was a very positive experience.

P1130817It took less than a week before we were admonished for not wrapping her in enough blankets. I knew it was coming. Mexicans are SERIOUS about infants and piles of fleece – it’s rare that you glimpse any part of a baby being carried down the sidewalk. No face, no hands, nothing. Everything’s swaddled into a super thick cartoon fleece baby burrito.

The woman who approached us in the park had an agenda, but she tried disguising it amongst friendly baby chatter:

Woman: Oh what a cute baby. How old is she?
Me: One week.
Woman: So pretty. But you need another blanket on her. It’s very cold out.
(it was sunny and 75 degrees)
Me: We are from the United States and it’s not very cold for us. It’s warm.
Woman: Did you have the baby here in Mexico?
Me: Yes, in Puebla. My husband is studying here for the year.
Woman: So she is a Mexican baby! How great. You should put another blanket on her though.

……and so it continued. Social niceties interspersed with PUT A BLANKET ON YOUR BABY BEFORE SHE FREEZES!! Exasperated with our lack of shared urgency over the situation, she eventually left.

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In general, Mexicans seem more excited about babies than Americans. Or at least the average random person here is much more likely to want to see the baby, ask questions, and gush over him/her. That part is fun. I just have to also expect that they might voice concern over her dying of exposure.

In between baby care I’m working on some little sweaters for her, and together R and I are moving forward on all of the paperwork for the Mexican and American birth certificates.
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Other posts in the “Moving to Mexico” series:
At home in Cholula
Transporting a pet to another country
What to pack for a year abroad
Animals in the murals and on the sidewalks
Preparing to have a baby abroad

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13 comments

  1. Lisa · February 14, 2015

    She’s beyond adorable! So happy for you 🙂

  2. Angela Hickman · February 12, 2015

    Ah! Congrats! I was wondering when you were due and here you’ve already had her. What a darling. I bet a cute little sweater will be just the thing to put the concerned local women at ease 🙂

  3. lsaspacey · January 27, 2015

    Congratulations! She is beautiful and I’m glad the birth went well. By the way, put another blanket on that baby!

  4. tami · January 26, 2015

    Katie! its not just about temperature…it’s about the AIR. you cant expose her to AIR!! Especially any possible BREEZE. That brings illness, and /or bad juju. Read has to know this. I got lectured so many times for going out anywhere in Guatemala with damp hair. It didn’t matter if it was 85 degrees.

    • Katie · January 26, 2015

      Is that why people wear ventilation masks when they walk laps at the track in the morning? My mom asked me and I thought it might be about not breathing in the “cold” morning air.

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  5. Molly · January 26, 2015

    Love the photos – I can almost feel the snuggling. The very best of wishes to you all!

  6. barefootrooster · January 26, 2015

    Congratulations!! She is BEAUTIFUL! So excited to see Leela in your lovely handknits.

  7. Alison Barnett · January 26, 2015

    Welcome to the world, Leela. May each day of your life be a good one! And best wishes to Mum and Dad on your wee bundle of joy and love! x

  8. Beth · January 26, 2015

    ¡Muchas felicidades! Such a sweet little thing!

  9. beth lehman · January 25, 2015

    she’s beautiful!! and so alert and big!! i saw your pics on flickr a few minutes ago and thought she was at least a month or more old!! congratulations… and how funny, it’s almost impossible for people not to give some kind of advice!!

    • Katie · January 26, 2015

      Thank you Beth! She was only a 7lb. 6 oz. baby, but she did grow a whole inch that first week. Won’t be long and none of the cute newborn clothes will fit.

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  10. Michele Tinker · January 25, 2015

    Blessings on your beautiful little girl and welcome to life’s greatest adventure!

    • foxflat · January 25, 2015

      Thank you Michele! 🙂

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