eight weeks postpartum

Hiiiii babes, the weeks are flying by and I see my baby girl smiling and it makes me so happy to start seeing her personality show a little more.

In my last post, I shared my first four weeks being postpartum and as promised I am here with an update sharing weeks 5-8 which have been a little different because I can feel my strength coming back, and OMG I was also counting down the days for the doctor to clear me to workout again!!!

I want to give you all some insight on everything I’ve been doing as far as food, exercise etc.

Lifestyle:

Overall, I must say that it is extremely important to have “me” time as a mom to have those moments where you can feel like yourself even if it’s just going out for errands which is what I started doing first when stepping out alone. It sounds so crazy but having those moments felt amazing because I was able to recharge, reflect and not be stuck at home with the same routine. As a blogger, I also started going to events again and shooting content which brings me such joy so to feel those things again have been heartwarming and I appreciate it even more.

Food:

Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m not doing any kind of diet. I love food BUT they are home cooked meals so I love my protein and carbs. I do stay away from fast food and I’m sooooo happy I don’t have a craving for that anymore! LOL…Every now and then I still get my Krispy Kreme donuts, I’ll have a couple of cookies here and there but I don’t have them around the house so I am definitely aware of what I’m eating. I only drink water and my protein shakes so that means no juice or soda which is a huge change when I was pregnant because I would say yes to everything (not soda but I would always take a sip or two for cravings). I do eat a lot especially now that I started working out again, I pack on the protein because I want to gain my muscle back.

Working out:

OMG guys, I’m back at the gym!! When the doctor said I would be clear to workout again at 8 weeks I was over the moon excited! It’s definitely a lifestyle that many people might not understand but being used to working out, having a good sweat really makes you feel good. I was missing that adrenaline rush from pushing myself to lift more, go hard and being able to take my mind off of things so to get all of that back had me smiling from ear to ear. I knew it would be baby steps walking back into the gym because of my surgery and not having a big belly to carry in front of me of course! LOL

I worked out throughout my whole pregnancy and even though I lost all of the muscle I had built, I was able to maintain so getting back in there didn’t feel like I was starting back at square one. I am lifting again but I’m still not doing any ab work (I’ll wait a couple of more weeks for that). So you’ll see in the progress pictures, my stomach is still somewhat bloated. Right now I’m focused on getting my strength back in the gym with the rest of my body and as time goes on, I’ll work on my core as well.

I hope you guys are enjoying the process, I am always happy to share these moments with you and to continue this journey as well. You can always leave a comment here, email or DM me on Instagram as well if you have any questions or just want to chat.

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transition into motherhood

Hi babes, OMG has it been a crazy couple of weeks to say the least! For those who read my last post, I shared my labor story and now I am here to share my journey and how it’s been transitioning into motherhood.

It has been a little over a month now since having my baby girl and time is flying right by!

I am more than happy to share my fitness journey post baby as many of you have mentioned to me that you want to see my progress. You all know I love a good gym session and although I haven’t been cleared to workout yet, I can’t wait to go back! I watch tons of workout videos and I’m excited for when that day comes where I can lift again because it’s my happy place.

I will be sharing photos of my weekly updates so you can all see my transformation. This first month has been all about letting my body heal on its own. The doctor specifically said not to go on a diet which hasn’t been a problem for me because I don’t believe in diets, I try to eat as healthy as possible but I also enjoy my cheat meals every now and then.

This transition into motherhood has taught me not to be hard on myself and has helped me realize that I shouldn’t focus so much on trying to get my body back because when the time comes, I’ll be able to workout again. I have never been one to obsess over losing weight, for me it’s a lifestyle and I enjoy working out and lifting weights so all I can do for now is be patient. It has been a vulnerable stage in my life as so much has changed in the blink of an eye with the arrival of my baby, it’s a completely new lifestyle which I am grateful for because I am no longer selfish and I am now putting someone else before myself. This month has also taught me to be more of a positive person and to enjoy the moment because we’ll never get that time back.

I learn something new everyday and I thank my baby for that, I can only imagine how much more I will learn as she continues to grow.

It’s crazy that for the last 9-10 months, I’ve had tons of cravings and I was saying yes to eating whatever I wanted. Now that it’s been a little over a month postpartum, I am more conscious of my eating habits especially because I am not cleared to workout yet.

As you can see in the picture down below, each photo was taken every week to show my progress of my stomach going down. In the first picture, I still look pregnant, I was still swollen all over my body due to my c section. My incision still feels tender but it’s slowly healing and I feel so much better now as time is going by. I am not ashamed to share these photos because it reminds me that I just had a baby and she grew beautifully inside throughout my pregnancy. It’s amazing what the body can do and I’m excited to share what the body can do after having a baby.

I am strong and hopeful, as a woman and I am here to say that anything is possible and it’s important to keep pushing and to remain positive even through the bad days!

If you have any questions or anything else you want me to share, you can email me or reach out via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gen.styles/ I love chatting it up with you babes!

my labor story- Easter Sunday 2019

OMG!!! I can’t believe my baby girl Delilah is here and made it safe into this world. She was born at 37 weeks on Easter Sunday and I have to say, I still find myself thinking this is all a dream- I am a mother now!

Lots of you have been asking me on Instagram to share my labor story so I’m here to get into all of the juicy details…

So the day before Easter, I was perfectly fine with my hair and makeup done ready to enjoy the day. That whole week Bryant and I kept saying how Delilah could be here at any moment which is something I was excited but nervous because I still had a couple of things to get ready before her arrival. So anyway, that Saturday Bryant and I went over to my parents house for a bbq, now you all know how much I love food! LOL

So we went to hang out, watch movies and spend time with my family and I had some bomb ass chicken straight off the grill with rice, salad and some horchata to go with it so I was basically in heaven! A couple of hours later we grilled some hot dogs which I have to mention, I HATE hot dogs but you know those weird pregnancy cravings make you eat and want things you would’ve said no to before but here I was eating two hot dogs, enjoying life! I had some ice cream afterwards and then I started feeling nauseous which again I have to mention, I didn’t vomit once throughout my pregnancy so this was definitely a weird sign (blame the hot dogs). By this time it was around 10 pm but I just remember having to go pee about every half hour or so and my stomach felt heavy and uncomfortable either standing or sitting down.

I told Bryant it was time to go home because I just wanted to be in my own bed resting, now by this time it was around 11 pm and I remember getting ready for bed but feeling a huge discomfort and the possibility of vomiting at any moment. I tried going to sleep and nothing was working and by midnight I just started vomiting like crazy!!!! Again, blame the hot dogs! LOL I felt so disgusted because I was so sure it had to be the hot dogs that gave me an upset stomach. I kept trying to go to bed and about every hour I would wake up and go straight to the bathroom to vomit some more, I know TMI!!

The vomiting lasted all night and I didn’t seem to get any better, it also doesn’t help that you can’t take any medicine when being pregnant so around 5 am, I threw up again and told Bryant to take me to the emergency room because I thought it was food poisoning. So here we go, on our way to the hospital- I’m grumpy AF from lack of sleep and just wanting to figure out what was wrong. We get there and right away they hook me onto the monitors to see if I’m contracting and how the baby is doing. So I was already having contractions ever 2-3 minutes which I didn’t really feel I think because I was so focused on vomiting that I didn’t feel any pain (it honestly just feels like period cramps, nothing to die over in my opinion) and as they were monitoring the baby, we were waiting for my doctor to come in and as soon as she came in she said the baby’s heart rate is dropping so we have to do an emergency c section RIGHT NOW!

Like HOLD UP, WHAT?????? I thought they were honestly going to send me back home and tell me that it was probably what I had to eat and that it would soon be over. Bryant and I looked at each other like “Damn, it’s happening now!!” So they rush me to another room to prep for surgery and I’m rushing Bryant to call my Mom, by this time it was around 6 am I believe. We go into the operating room and the last thing I remember is shaking because it was so cold inside and just praying that everything would be okay. I was completely out and next thing, I’m waking up and I hear my baby crying in the background and I look over and Bryant is there holding her and him just saying, “everything is okay, she’s a healthy baby.” My sweet Delilah was born April 21, 2019, a strong and healthy beautiful baby.

My original plan was to have a natural birth but things don’t always go as planned and I was completely okay with that as long as my baby came into this world safe. You have to go with the flow and being a mom in such a short amount of time, I’ve learned so much and I know I will continue to learn more each day and that’s the beauty of it all. I didn’t get the epidural so now I’m just home resting and trying to recover from the surgery.

I want to say THANK YOU to my friends and family for being there and showing so much support in my time of need. The amount of love that Delilah has been getting is so beautiful to see, she’s my baby girl and I love her so much.

To all my expecting mamas out there, go with the flow and things will happen how they’re supposed to. I can’t wait for this new journey ahead and it’s only the beginning.

baby shower 2019

Hi babes, I’m FINALLY getting around to sharing my baby shower photos, I am a month late but here I am. I want to say thank you to my family and Bryant’s family as well for being a huge help to us and for the beautiful day we all spent together!

It was a crazy time as Bryant and I were moving into our new place all while planning our baby shower but I couldn’t have pictured it any other way. Spring in LA can be tricky because that’s when we randomly get cooler weather, it rains here and there or it’s windy. I was so worried because it was consistently raining every weekend before my baby shower and I didn’t have a second plan to follow so I was super lucky because that day the weather was warm and sunny!!

I wanted the decorations to be simple again just like my gender reveal and of course all DIY projects that my family and Bryant’s were able to help with. I was going to wait and share my baby girls name until after she was born but it’s so special to my heart so I went ahead and shared it at my baby shower.

The food was BOMB.com, both families cooked amazing dishes and we had food for days! My parents are from El Salvador and Nicaragua and both of Bryant’s parents are from Nicaragua so you can only imagine how good everything was! I originally wanted to go all out for my baby shower because that’s just the extra attitude in me but quickly changed my mind to have something more intimate as both families are huge plus it was all I really needed to have this special time. (I had a separate baby shower with friends, so still got to be extra! LOL)

Cake by: https://www.instagram.com/cakesby_ally/

I am so grateful for all of the gifts we received and we pretty much got everything that was on our registry. It’s so crazy and surreal to think how fast my pregnancy has gone by because it feels like it was yesterday when I found out I was pregnant and here I am now, a couple of weeks away from giving birth to my baby girl! She moves like crazy and it’s definitely going to be a bittersweet moment when I no longer have her in my belly but I’m also so excited and can’t wait to have her in my arms!

This journey is different for every mom but I have to give thanks for blessed I’ve been throughout this experience because it’s been easy to say the least, I’ve been able to workout throughout my whole pregnancy so all of this has been such an empowering moment.

I’ve also met sooooo many moms on Instagram who are currently pregnant or already have kids and it’s been awesome that we’ve been able to make these connections and give each other advice. I’m proud to be part of the mommy tribe so thank you to everyone who has been so helpful and genuinely care!

Delilah will be here very soon and I can’t wait to be the best mom I can be for her! I will continue to share this new journey even after she’s born. Stay tuned!

life transitions+ getting left behind

Hi babes, are you going through a life transition where you just moved in with your significant other? You recently got engaged and planning a wedding? Maybe you moved away from friends and family? You’re chasing your dreams and in my case it’s stepping into motherhood. The list goes on and on but you’re probably sitting there wondering what happened to your friends who were always there before? Hmm…

There are so many life transitions that one can go through and after listening to https://www.instagram.com/melissamolinaro/ Instagram story last week about having life transitions and seeing a shift in the people in your life who might leave you behind or kind of forget about you because of that transition you’re going through. Listening to her story really hit home and I was like yasssss girl, preach!!!!

Being that it hit home, it inspired me to write a blog post on it and of course base it on my own transitions. As you all know I am currently expecting my baby girl but before that, I was still living at home with my parents. If you come from a traditional latino household then you know how close we are to our families and we don’t move out until we get married or in my case taking that step to move in with my significant other and get ready for our baby to arrive. You can only imagine how all of these transitions were happening all at once. I moved in with my boyfriend which is great because now we were finally under one roof but at the same time I was missing my family. I’ve always been used to having my family around and I was now living an hour away from them and on top of that my hormones were everywhere from my pregnancy so you can only imagine how emotional I was feeling! LOL (btw, Bryant should win a medal for how he was able to deal with me being a cry baby)

Getting a little more into detail about what Melissa Molinaro was saying in her IG story, you see a shift in people when you are going through a transition. Melissa Molinaro is a new mommy herself and killing it, as she was saying just because you’re a new mommy you shouldn’t get left behind and forgotten by your friends and as soon as she said that, I was like YASSSSS girl!!! This is so true and I’ve seen it first hand with friends who have stopped reaching out. Why? Because I can’t go out and drink/ party?

My baby isn’t here yet but being pregnant doesn’t mean I can’t have fun without drinking. I might say no to certain things because I’m tired and literally falling asleep but having those friends who invite you anyway is important and shows a lot in their character of being a true friend. Like Melissa was saying, instead of assuming “oh, she’s a mom now so she’s going to say no” it’s important to be there for your friend who is going through any kind of life transition. I believe in being a real friend but if someone is only showing 50% then I call it like I see it and I choose to distance myself. I’ve seen this a lot throughout my pregnancy and I know it will continue as I transition into motherhood when my baby arrives so I want to say thank you to my friends who still make the effort to hang out, who continue to check in and make me feel like I haven’t been forgotten and left behind.

Any kind of life transition is already life changing so you want to make sure you have positive vibes around you! So with all of that being said, let’s kill it this week and reach our goals.

pregnancy journey and feeling positive

Hiiiii babes! I can’t believe I am now 34 weeks, my pregnancy journey flew by but it has been a great experience and definitely something to remember.

I love sharing my journey whether it’s good or bad and always bring it back to being positive through it all. I have to mention that my pregnancy has been easy compared to other stories I’ve heard so I’m very grateful for that.

I worked out for most of my pregnancy and now that I’m in my third trimester it has been a little more difficult to move around, my feet are beginning to get swollen and I haven’t been to the gym in about three weeks. It’s been a little difficult for me to accept that being that I would hit the gym 4-5 times a week but I’ve been listening to my body and trying to rest as much as possible. I’m only weeks away from giving birth to my baby girl and OMG let me tell you, I am excited and nervous at the same time!

I am definitely a planner and I like to have to things in order and ready to go or else I feel like I’m going crazy! LOL

This journey though, has taught me to go with the flow but most of all to be positive and grateful for everything that I’m going through because I’m getting the best reward at the end of it all!

I’m so happy to say that one thing I have stayed consistent with during my pregnancy has been creating content and styling my bump, it makes me happy to see the changes in my body and it’s something I can look back on and show my baby girl.

One thing I have noticed when I’m out shooting new content are the stares I get from other people and I won’t lie, at first it made me feel self conscious as my bump was growing but I quickly snapped out of it and learned not to care about the stares because my precious baby is growing inside and it’s a true gift to experience. I love embracing my bump and it makes me so happy when people take the time out of their day to give me a compliment in public as I’m shooting content and puts a big smile on my face. Always be kind!

This is a message to everyone, even if you’re not currently pregnant you should ALWAYS embrace your body type no matter what. Don’t be shy to wear that cute dress you have in your closet, those shorts you’ve been dying to wear etc. Do you babe and build that self confidence!!!

I want to take a minute to thank my girl gang for showing so much love throughout my pregnancy, I’m all about real connections and sharing that girl power! My girls threw me a cute little baby shower last week and OMG the weather was amazing!

We had such a fun time at the cutest place with rooftop vibes making me super happy for summer to come! I even got myself my first mocktail and it was YUMMY! The girls made me feel so loved and special, we’re all excited for baby Delilah to come! I linked their IG’s down below, give them a follow because they’re all boss babes. They all have amazing vibes and energies and how crazy is it to connect all because of social media!


IG’s in order from left to right as seen in photo

https://www.instagram.com/elsaa_xo/

https://www.instagram.com/im_lola__/

https://www.instagram.com/stylewithrosiee/

https://www.instagram.com/styledbymay_/

https://www.instagram.com/trynfinddebby/

Wearing this beautiful dress via https://www.instagram.com/shoppinkblush/

They have the cutest maternity clothing, even if you’re not pregnant you can still wear their beautiful dresses, I have a similar white maxi from this brand as well.