Q: What did you think when you found out you were pregnant? A: When I found out I was excited, and nervous. I had previously miscarried, and this pregnancy my doctor wanted to take all neccesary precautions. He recommended I give myself Heparin shots, to make sure there was no blood clotting, Progesterone shots, to keep my hormones up and stay pregnant, and I took a few different vitamins along with my prenatal pill. It was all to keep this pregnancy full term. The first trimester went by fast and slow at the same time, it was full of needles and morning sickness, but I would do it all over again. We had been trying for about a year, so we were ready!
Q:Was your birth what you had envisioned or different from previous birth(s)? A:Yes!The only thing I envisioned was to focus on my breathing. That's exactly what I did. I didn't try to imagine anything further or more than that, because I knew things could change at any time. I felt like If I could focus on one thing It was going to be that. It was about twelve (5AM-5PM) hours total from first contractions to birth, with maybe 20 minutes of active labor. She came pretty fast and on her own terms, a week early! I am so thankful for the positive birth experience I had.
Q: How do you like to relax? Or take time for yourself? A:I really do find many things to be relaxing; Cooking, my skin care routine, meditating, running, latenight Netflix Binging. However, I really have been into podcasts lately. When I actually have the time to lay down, listen and really be fully engaged. I have been going back and forth between Oprah's Super Soul Conversation, and Let There be Luz.I actually really love learning, and there's something about hearing others stories that I find so intriguing.
Q: What is one thing you have noticed a change in yourself since becoming a mom? A: I have noticed that I am a lot more confident in general. There’s something about bringing a life into this world, that makes you realize you can do anything you set your mind too. I have also noticed that I am more sensitive as well. By that I mean sensitive to my own feelings and to those of others. I am just much more aware in general of everything around me and I am always trying to better myself in any little ways I can, to be the best example for my family.
"...daddy always gets the best pics."
Q: From wherever you are at this moment, looking back would you have done anything differently? A:I wish I would have paid for those Hospital photos, Or had someone take a better picture of us three as a new family. We have a pretty blurry selfie, but I also love it because that was us, in that moment.
Q: What lesson has motherhood has taught you? A:One I always think about is how much your babies trust you. There is this immaculate trust and love they have for their parents, and I know that one day they will be on their own. So I strive to be the best I can be for her, and to never jeopardize what we are starting to build. There isn’t anything that can’t be talked through and my hope is that we will continue to have this deep bond, and have it strengthen even more so over the years.
Q: Any advice for moms to be? A: You can ask a million different moms for advice, google till your fingers hurt, but at the end of the day listen to your intuition. You have a natural instinct inside of you that grows even stronger once you have a child. It will lead you in the right direction. Ask for help, it shows strength, trust me. (Lesson learned), and never stop communicating with your partner (let them in on what’s going on).