>My dear friend Mara had a kid on Friday! I am so happy for her. My friend Sara and I are most excited to visit her and husband and baby in London at the end of February. We hope to bring companionship and amusing distractions to her, as well as basic American goods that she has been requesting.

That was the mazel tov (congrats in Hebrew). This is the ouch! - the baby was 9 lbs. 13 oz. Fortunately, both mom and baby are doing well as of this writing. :)

Another friend of mine had a kid at 4:30 this morning, so I am also happy for them, too. There was much less ouch involved, as her kid was only 8 lbs. 5 oz.

See what happens when I go out of town for a weekend?