Kind of Learning to Bake

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Today’s post is kind of the complete opposite of yesterday. Today, we took a free cooking class at our local William Sonoma and ate lots of dessert. That’s right, every single William Sonoma offers free cooking classes. Well, technically they offer free technique classes and free junior chef classes. The actual cooking classes cost money. We have taken a couple of the technique classes before (always by accident) and learned a lot, but we always forget to come back for more. I happened to see the sign up sheet while shopping for nothing on Friday and decided to sign us up.

I am just now learning to cook and I NEVER bake…unless you count boxed cakes, which I only make for very special occasions. Learning about baking seemed like a good idea, but if I’m being completely honest here, I was in it for the free food. We were learning to make a layered coconut cake and a strawberry tart, who can resist?

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The woman teaching us seamlessly whipped together both desserts while explaining each step and tool with great detail. She was good enough to convince me to try and convince Husband to buy me the cake pans that I will probably never use. (He did not cave…yet.) While drooling over each ingredient I did pick up a few tips… like have you heard of pie weights? Apparently you are supposed to use them (or beans) to hold down the middle of the crust and keep it from rising when it’s baked.

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All in all, it was a great Sunday afternoon of sipping espresso and eating as much homemade desserts as we possibly could. My Mom-in-law even went and walked Luna around the mall while we learned a little. I might even attempt one of these recipes for Easter. Hopefully we’ll remember this in the future in take some more classes. It’s a very inexpensive and fun way to spend some time together.

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Cheers!

What Boobies Are Made For

Our last free baby-having class at Babies R Us was good enough that we decided to take another and get a little more educated before our little girl arrives. This time we took “Breastfeeding 101”.  I am assuming that breastfeeding is something that will come pretty naturally, but it can’t hurt to learn about the benefits, the ups and downs and get some free advice.

The class was held in the back of the store with all the rockers, gliders and ottomans again, which is just perfect for a class full of pregnant people and their husbands. We got some free goodies, snacks and water again, which is always a plus. After, we found ourselves a comfy seat, opened our Cheese Nips and took a few selfies before class begun..

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Unfortunately, this teacher was not as great as our “Baby Basics” teacher. It was a lot like having a sub in high school… Papers were passed out, names were shared and we were told we going to play a game to learn cool facts about breastfeeding. Of course, it was not actually a game. We each read a card aloud that had a statement about breastfeeding. Then, we had to say whether we though it was truth or myth…that’s it. There was no winner or loser. I hate when teachers claim things are games that are not actually games… this only works with kids 7 and under. Trust me, I’ve used this technique on too many ages.

Anyhow…besides the boring, but sweet well-informed teacher, we did learn some stuff.  AND, it did encourage me even more to breastfeed when the time comes. Here are what I consider the most interesting or the strangest facts learned in “Breastfeeding 101”.

-You can freeze your milk for 6-12 months, or leave it out at room temperature for 4-6 hours.

-The class was taught by a doula and we learned that the word “doula” derives from the ancient Greek language originally meaning “slave”. Why this fact was shared… we do not know. However, I would now feel very disconcerted if I decided to hire a doula.

-Breastfeeding reduces your risk and your daughter’s risk of getting breast cancer as an adult

-It raises children’s IQ’s.

-It’s free!

-I can still drink 2-3 cups a coffee a day while breastfeeding. Hallelujah!

-It should not hurt…If it does you should go see your doctor.

-They eat 8-12 times a day…so basically breastfeeding is a full-time job.

-Apparently, many people believe that you are supposed to “rough up your nipples” with a washcloth before the baby comes. This is clearly a myth…one of which I have never heard.

-Breastfed babies get fewer ear infections, child lymphomas and diabetes…all those good immunities!

-Husbands’ should NEVER say, “You don’t have to do this” when the going gets tough.  They should just be supportive, encouraging and be prepared with iced lattes and weekly Sephora rewards.

-And this sounds silly, because it is, but I never thought about the fact that this is actually what our boobs are for. Sadly, our society has sexualized them and made us feel like feeding our kids is weird, gross, or inappropriate, but it is actually as natural as having kids in the first place.

There’s lots of other benefits and good reasons why we should breastfeed, but those are my favorite facts from class.

Do you agree? Disagree? Know any other cool facts? I’d love the hear em’!

30 weeks and growing
30 weeks and growing

Cheers!