Comfort PT.1

Let's dissect what it means to be at ease. What is comfort? 1. a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint: room for four people to travel in comfort. • (comforts) things that contribute to physical ease and well-being: the low upholstered chair was one of the room's few comforts. • prosperity… Continue reading Comfort PT.1

Valentine’s Day

I am so fortunate to have the family and friends that I have, they're more than what I could have ever asked for. They know my needs more than me at times. SO many people have been here to help me up after I've fallen. Even to intervene before a fall has taken place, the… Continue reading Valentine’s Day

Sick Day

Well, I'll keep it short. I was so happy about daycare and we both got sick. Aint that something? I just thought it was so funny how excited I was and that same day my baby started showing symptoms and two days later I was down for the count. We're over it now. Today marks… Continue reading Sick Day

Frustration

I had a brief exchange the other day with a facebook friend about temper tantrums. She's a mom of a 3-week old and a step-mom/coparent to a 5-year old; she believes that temper tantrums are avoidable. I do not. She believes that kids should do as the parents says and I would like to qualify… Continue reading Frustration

Diana Hinek

  I encountered Diana Henik, birth doula and photographer, on Instagram (@artshapedphotography). I was drawn to her by looking through her feed, her photography is captivating and visceral. I couldn't tell where her job ended and her life started. I enjoyed her images because they captured the joy of (carrying, creating and giving) life, she… Continue reading Diana Hinek

Tips to Freelancing and Moming

This summer has been so good to me! I had a fairly busy summer full of different photography and creation work. I had three different photography projects. I had two parties that I'm helping with/ planning. (My dad's party was yesterday and Buddha's is in a week). Of course, none of it would be possible… Continue reading Tips to Freelancing and Moming

The Countdown to the FIRST birthday

Yesterday was Buddha's monthaversary & After 11 months ... I've realized: Baby blues are real - ruminating on the barren emotional landscape of my transition into postpartum & sympathizing with new moms and their struggle to maintain ... it's so hard to navigate with a seemingly unforgiving ANXIETY. I. Feel. You. & it fades, trust… Continue reading The Countdown to the FIRST birthday

Tips to Multilingualism

Here are some tips to creating a multilingual house: playing music in the secondary or tertiary language, for Spanish I've been playing Maná or Julieta Venegas and looking up lyrics. Naming body parts in each language , bonus points for directional words (besides, on top, below etc.).. were not at cardinal directions yet, Counting and… Continue reading Tips to Multilingualism

The Conscious Parent

I am reading The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary at the recommendation of a friend of mine who recently had her son. Congratulations Kimari! She is an avid book reader and a great mind that I admire, so I took the suggestion to heart and began reading it (better late than never). I'm going to… Continue reading The Conscious Parent

Baby Wearing

Organic cotton ergo original baby carrier with hood on over by son.

(Disclaimer: this isn't an ad and I've only tried the following two baby wearing items). I use the ergo baby original on a day to day basis when it's a shorter trip/ not a lengthy walk involved or somewhere space restrictive/not handicap friendly (stroller is a huge wheeled apparatus). It's made of organic cotton so… Continue reading Baby Wearing

Happy Summer Solstice

Updated: June 22nd to add spiritual progress and clarifications. Today was the first day of summer The longest day of the year ... It's the final season before Buddha (more on why I decided to call my son Buddha later) turns one. SAD FACE!!!! The day we came home from the hospital was the fall… Continue reading Happy Summer Solstice

Father’s Day

My son with his parents. Baby is wearing a Houston Astros shirt and mom is wearing a Ralph Lauren knit. This picture was taken with a Canon Rebel T3

This weekend, I learned the importance of understanding the intentions that motivates someone’s (in)action. I have an amazing father that is not my blood, nonetheless he is an absolutely amazing man and father. He’s caring, honest and always speaks highly of me and my son. He has raised me for the past 20 years and… Continue reading Father’s Day

Self Care as a Mom

Buddha laughing away on Easter in his fun multicolored plaid Polo Ralph Lauren shirt.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Audre Lorde

My Delivery Story

Happiest day of my life. This is minutes after I delivered Buddha.

Context: Hurricane Harvey occurred 3 weeks before and we can talk about that later. I last saw my OB/GYN the Wednesday before for my, then, weekly checkups and she told me I was a centimeter dilated, she said this was normal because of the weight of the baby pushing on my cervix. She set my… Continue reading My Delivery Story

Repurpose

When this blog was started in 2013, I had the intentions of keeping my friends and family in the loop of my study abroad adventures. Now, almost 5 years later, this often neglected domain is being revisited and repurposed into a blog that will voice my perspective as a new parent, former cultural commentator, and… Continue reading Repurpose