As parents, we all reach out for support in different ways. I am no different. When facing the life-changing event of relocation, I found comfort through Twitter and being able to communicate with other parents in the surrounding communities of Atlanta. That’s when I started tweeting with Jennifer at Mami2Mommy. Imagine how excited I was when I was actually able to meet Jennifer in real life while attending Blogalicious ’09 last year! She is as fun and energetic in person as she comes across online.
1. When & why did you start blogging?
If my mommy brain serves me correctly (these days it’s a 50/50 shot!) I think it will be a year in May that I have been blogging. I started it because I wanted to chronicle every moment with my son, Shaun.
It was also a great way for me to share and receive advice on being a new mom. However, I never anticipated how busy I would be with my little peanut so all those moments I wanted to blog about didn’t exactly happen. Go figure.
2. As a mother, what has blogging meant for you?
This may sound corny to some people but it has been my salvation in many ways. I am very close to my two sisters – one lives in North Carolina and the other in New York – and not having them around for the first few months of my son’s life was very difficult.
In all honesty, I think had it not been for the blogging and the social media community it would have been a tougher situation to deal with.
It provided me with a much needed support system and a community of women who were sharing the same experiences – online and IRL (in real life). And it gave me a voice not only as a mother but also as a Latina mami which was very important to me.
3. What’s the thing that has surprised you the most about being a parent?
My decisions as a parent have surprised me the most. Before my son was born, I would make a mental note of the things that I saw family, friends and strangers doing with their children and say to myself, “I would/wouldn’t do that.”
And it’s funny because whatever thoughts you have in your head before that precious angel comes into your life may not exactly be in the cards after he is born. For example, I always told myself that I would not let my son watch television until he was at least two years old.
He was hooked on The Wiggles at 9 months old. Sue me.
And don’t get me started on the decision to use only cloth diapers. After day 3 that idea was a distant memory. But I did breastfeed and had never thought I would. Yay me!
4. Is there any advice that you can offer to new Moms?
You will receive a lot of unsolicited advice but remember that people mean well so don’t let it upset you or sway you too much.
Take it with a grain of salt and go with what you feel is in your heart, in your gut. If it is not something that is going to endanger your child then don’t stress over it. Twenty years from now your child will not be in therapy talking about the effects of why you didn’t feed him only organic products. Is it a healthier alternative? Sure it is, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t.
We live in a country where we have many choices and I love that. But you are the mommy now. You make the decisions. Just make sure to educate yourself on them and in the end, I promise, you will make the right ones.
5. What is your favorite Graco product?
This is a completely unfair question! To choose only one is impossible. I love all my Graco children…umm…products equally!
Shhh…they are all sleeping now so I’ll tell you. Currently it’s the Nautilus™ 3-in-1 Car Seat. My son looks so comfortable in it and I love the fact that it transitions as my son grows. Did I mention the cup holder too! But don’t mention this to the others or I promise I’ll completely deny I have a favorite!
Do you have a favorite blogger you want to see here on the Graco Blog? Let us know, and they might be featured in next month’s Monthly Blogger Spotlight!