A couple of cultural differences between having a baby in the U.S. and having one in Mexico keep popping up and I want to share them so you guys can say "OOooo ME TOO!!" and "Ooo but look what they made ME do!" I love stuff like that. :P
After giving birth did your Mexican family freak out and tell you that you had to wear a "Faja?" (corset), they told me I need to wear a corset for 40 days and when I refused (over and over) they just stared at me like I grew four new eyes and started chewing my toes off for fun. When I asked WHY I had to wear a corset they shook their heads like "My gawd what PLANET does she come from!??" and told me that it's for my protection. Protection of what I have no clue but they seem pretty damn serious about this whole thing. Yesterday one pointed out that I'm still not wearing it and told me that I'm going to make myself sick. ????? I just don't know.
Manzanilla Tea. If one more person tells me to give my baby Manzanilla tea I'm going to freak right the shit out. Against my better judgement I actually broke down and gave her some in hopes of a magical colic cure but no dice, same screaming baby. LOL when I gave her the tea she did stop sucking for all of 2 seconds and look up at me like "WTF??" but quickly went back to it. That's my pigglet.
Here's my favorite, my sweet neighbor told me earlier in the week that to cure my babys tummy troubles I should take pig fat, warm it up, add salt and lime and put it on a washcloth and leave it on her tummy for 2 hours. Upon mentioning that to my Mexican friend here she laughed and told me that my neighbor is crazy that everybody knows you're supposed to use OIL, not pig fat. Well Duuhhhhhhh. :P
I don't mind any of this stuff, to tell you the truth I think it's fun as hell getting to know all of these different culture remedies. It's neat to see the way other people do things, even if I might not always agree. ;)