Remember our link a few weeks ago about the exorbitant cost of childbirth in the States? Well, here's another way to put it in perspective: Kate Middleton (or those paying for her birth) probably spent less on childbirth than the average American woman.
|Graph from here.|
And while we're discussing Kate Middleton, can we just take a moment to thank her for not hiding her postpartum belly. That's one giant step for motherkind. Love that girl. Cup of Jo expressed this wonderfully.
Here are some more beautifully honest birth photos.
|Image from Jenna Shouldice here.|
Remember the CTFD Method of parenting that swept the interwebs last week? Here's another take: 'Calm down': The Best Advice for Parents, or the Worst? Either way, I love it that it's the daddys running this conversation.
|Calm the "F" down. That's what we're calling it over here at Mama Congo. Image censored from here.|
And as we wind down our summer Stateside, we leave with one question: What the heck is going on with Cornhole and why on earth is every single social interaction revolved around it? Here are a few answers from Cornhole Galaxy, the DC Cornhole League, and from an actual journal.
Did you know that in our little hometown (yes, Sarah and I come from the same Valley town), there is a Cornhole Bag store? Oh yes. I saw it with my own eyes yesterday.
|Image from Sam's Cornhole Bags.|
Can't stop thinking about this Atul Gawande piece in the most recent New Yorker.
We yearn for frictionless, technological solutions. But people talking to people is still the way that norms and standards change.
Some of my (30+ year old) friends are convinced that this is the summer for their first tattoos. They are thinking lines, geometry, and this guy. (I have a tattoo. It says "kick" and is right under my right rib. Get it?)
|Image from here.|
Enjoying this blog.
Had amazing, huge, crab cakes this week in Baltimore - from this place. On the downside, Elias said, "Hey these roads are super bumpy just like the ones in Kinshasa!"
|Thanks for the treat, Aunt Mary (on the left)!|
Feeling tired. One more week. Wait. Less than one week to fit a year's worth of oatmeal into our allotted checked baggage. Panic ensues.