message to Delilah

Hi babes, I want to start off by saying happy three months to my baby girl Delilah! I say it all the time but OMG time flies and I notice it now more than ever as I see my baby changing everyday!

As you all know, I love to share my journey as a new mama and I love talking to other moms out there and connecting in general so in today’s blog post I want to share a message I will be passing on to my daughter so I’m warning you now, you might need some tissues if you’re a cry baby like me! LOL

Things have changed so much since having the baby and as cliché as it sounds, it truly does change your perspective with everything that goes on in your life. I used to say before “I don’t have time for the bulls*t!” but now I really don’t, having a baby has taught me to be strong, focus on what matters and to live in the moment.

Bryant and I always have conversations of how it’ll be as Delilah grows up, what we’re going to say and do in certain situations but one thing is for sure, we love her from the bottom of our hearts. I always tell Bryant that we have to be patient, learn from Delilah but also teach her to do the right thing. There are many answers on what “the right thing” should be but I always want her to remain kind.

So here is my message:

Delilah, I always want you to be proud of who you are and where you came from. You will come across difficult situations in life but never let it harden your soul. Remember the important things in life are to be happy, your family will always be there for you to support your dreams and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I will teach you to be independent and fearless to go after anything you want in life, anything is possible when you have the determination to get it done. Stand strong for what you believe in and never let anyone intimidate you. In such a short amount of time, I see you shining and how quickly you make a presence when you come into a room. Your smile makes me the happiest and I enjoy interacting with you and seeing something new everyday! I can only imagine the things you’ll say and do as you get older and I’ll be right here to guide you and help you navigate this crazy thing we call life. You have changed my life in more ways than you’ll ever know and I am a better person because of it. I’ll be your best friend and we can both drive your dad crazy (we already do) but it’s okay! LOL

Always,

Mom

I could’ve said so much more but I wanted to keep it light, things are changing everyday and I’m definitely here for the adventure. I won’t lie, the first few weeks were tough because no matter how prepared you are, once your baby is born your world completely flips around so you have the raging hormones, your body is in pain, you have zero sleep but in the end it’s all truly worth it and it gets better. This is definitely a vulnerable post but I hope you all enjoyed this different side of me.

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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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!