Flashback Friday: “Not the Nanny Syndrome Doesn’t Discriminate”

Flashback Friday: “Not the Nanny Syndrome Doesn’t Discriminate”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, In a few weeks I am going to have a big, exciting announcement to make. It’s about my writing life, so don’t think I’m going to tell you all the sex of my unborn child. That train has long left the station. In the meantime, I’ll give you a clue by linking back to this post I wrote in 2012 about that pesky situation of being mistaken for your child’s caregiver when you don’t look like your offspring, biological or adopted. It’s maddening. And it doesn’t only…

My Kid has Mixie Hair and I Don’t: A Confessional

My Kid has Mixie Hair and I Don’t: A Confessional

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last week, I wrote an essay for xoJane about my absolute lack of hair styling prowess when it comes to my daughter’s hair. It was a true confession for all the world to see and critique, but I was happy to see that of the over 100 comments, most people only had nice things to say. Phew. If you have the time, feel free to check it out. Thanks!

Asian Baby Dolls: Where Are They?

Asian Baby Dolls: Where Are They?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Consider this an open thread. In other words, I don’t have any answers, but I’d love to hear what you have to say on this subject. So, now that I have my very own babygirl, I’ve started paying attention to dolls again. As a child, I loved my baby dolls and stuffed animals, but with two sons, my doll obsession went dormant and was replaced with an affection for cool cars, trains and Lego’s. Of course, babygirl seems equally smitten with cool cars, trains and Lego’s because…

“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, we just had a huge baby shower for my cousin who is expecting her first child. We’re the same age so the fact that she is having her first child now was truly a cause for celebration, so my entire extended family descended upon Philadelphia for the shower. And of course, the three-hour shower turned into a three-day, non-stop party. So, one day during the festivities, my mother and one of my play aunties, who happens to be a caramel-colored Colombian woman in her fifties, took…

Is Ms. Meltingpot “Maxed Out?”

Is Ms. Meltingpot “Maxed Out?”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if you all know that I’m on the tenure track here at Temple University, which means there are a lot of hoops I have to jump through in the next two years in order to keep my job. I also, as you know, have three fantastic children, a husband who is trying to finish his PhD and an old house that loves to fall apart at the most inopportune times. I love my life, really I do, but last week I developed this mysterious…

And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember When Babygirl Was Born?

And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember When Babygirl Was Born?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope you’re having a labor-free Labor Day. I’m trying really hard not to work too much. But just for kicks, how about a trip down memory lane, when I actually went in to labor to birth babygirl. It seems so long ago when I look at her two-year-old face now, but at the same time, I still remember every agonizing moment of the marathon of her labor. Who am I kidding? That was the fastest labor ever, but it still hurt like hell. Anyways, enjoy and…

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free: The Way We Eat Now

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free: The Way We Eat Now

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, this weekend we celebrated all three of our Kinky Gazpacho kids with a family party at casa nuestra. My parents came up, my sister, brother and cousins were here. We had a full house and it was really lovely. El esposo manned the grill and my mom and I made a bunch of lovely salads. And then there was the cake issue. I think it is only fair that since I make all three kids share one birthday celebration, that at least they get their own…

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is a special day in the Kinky Gazpacho household. It’s babygirl’s birthday! I can’t believe she’s two already! I can still remember the day I found out I was pregnant with her, yet interestingly, I hardly remember the whirlwind that was the first 24 months of her life. Luckily, I write things down, so I can always go back an re-read what really happened. Here’s a re-cap of her birth story, if anyone else wants to trip down memory lane with me. And even though I’m…