postpartum/ life update

To this day I still can’t believe I’m a mom sometimes, it’s so crazy to me how my life has completely changed and it has really been for the better. Delilah has changed my life in so many ways which I’ll get to in a little but she is now 5 months!!!! Like how?! Time is flying and I love seeing her personality more (Bryant says she has my attitude) she smiles all the time and I have been lucky enough to be home with her for this long and not have to go back to work right away. It’s been a while since I last posted and I always want to kick myself in the butt for always taking these long breaks but I’m back so I’m here to share all of my updates since having the baby.

The number one question I ALWAYS get is: How do you find the time to do it all?!

My answer is simple JUST.GET.SHIT.DONE! Sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy but I work best under pressure and having a million things on my plate. Like right now I’m writing this blog post and I have the baby next to me drinking her bottle. I find the time to get things done when the baby is occupied, if I have the help of a family member or even when Bryant is here because he’s very hands on. If you have the help, TAKE IT!

I also get tons of comments from people saying that I’m their motivation which truly makes me so happy because I know I’m influencing someone in a positive way! My biggest thing when I became a mom was to show that all things are possible. I love going to the gym, it’s a part of my everyday life, now don’t get me wrong, there are days I’m not feeling it and sometimes I do miss a day or two but for the most part I have become very disciplined to get things done.

I will admit, before having the baby I was soooo LAZY! I would get things done but I had all of the time in the world and knowing that, I would always procrastinate and I remember waking up early but not getting out of bed til like 10-11 am and just watching so much tv! I hated that feeling but I wasn’t doing anything to change that and as much as I wanted a routine, I didn’t have a reason to push myself. As cheesy as it may sound but now that I have Delilah, I’m up by 6:30 am and it feels so much better!

Now that I have my routine down with Delilah, it has also smoothed things down by A LOT. I remember when I first had her and so many moms on Instagram would reach out and say, “it gets better” and I would think to myself when?! The first couple of months were difficult for me because Delilah experienced colic so she was up most nights, nothing would comfort her and she would cry at the top of her lungs and sounded like she was in so much pain and I felt so helpless. I probably made it look easy on social media but I remember feeling anxious when the night was approaching because it was like clockwork that she would start crying around 9-10 pm. Once Delilah was 2 1/2 month old, she finally started sleeping through the night and her colic started going away which was such a relief.

I didn’t experience postpartum depression but whenever I did feel sad or was having an off day, I would literally tell myself all of the positive things going on in my life and that if today was a rough day, tomorrow would be a brand new day and that it would be a good day! I also had tons of help from family members, friends and Bryant! I have to say this because sometimes I feel like he doesn’t get enough credit but he helped me out so much in the beginning emotionally and physically (I’m a cry baby) he would always cheer me on and say that I’m doing a great job, I’m a great mother etc. He would work a 12 hr shift and still come home and take over to give me a little break, or when we had those long nights and he had work the next morning he would still be up with me and I really appreciate him for that because it showed me a different side and that he’s not a selfish person!

Things are soooo much easier now, Delilah sleeps through the night, she’s a happy baby and we will be introducing solids in a couple of weeks so I’m excited to experience that with her! I bring her along everywhere I go, even when I’m out shooting content and she loves it. So many fun things are coming up and I’m excited for the holidays because it will be our first year celebrating it as a family so I can’t wait to start new traditions!

I promise I will stay on top of my blog and post at least once a week! If there’s any topics you guys want me to dive into just let me know, I love sharing my experiences especially as a new mother.

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!

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!