Guess Who’s Back?

Hello….is anybody out there?

I’ve been gone for so long, being a busy mom to a preschooler will do that to you.

Over the past few years, my daughter and I have managed to conquer potty training, have weaned and we took on the giant task of ending co-sleeping (we’re still working on that lol).

My big girl now goes to Pre-K and we’re applying for Kindergarten.

Writing all this down makes me realize HOW QUICKLY TIME JUST FLIES BY! It seems like only yesterday I was holding my infant and now my daughter is dressing herself and has friends. WHAT? How did that happen?

One good thing is that I have a bit more time to blog…so this year you can expect posts about a variety of different topics…if anyone out there is reading and has any suggestions, comment below. Let’s talk about any and everything!

Happy New Year Mamis

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Are you teaching your child Spanish?

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It’s Cinco de Mayo and it has me thinking…. I have to start speaking more Spanish to my daughter. I want her to know Spanish. I want her to read and write it, not just speak it.

My first language was Spanish. My mom is a hard working immigrant who knew (at the time) just enough English to get by, but spoke to almost everyone in her life in Spanish. So speaking Spanish was never a question for me. When I was around 8, my mom would force me to sit at the kitchen table and she taught me how to read and write in Spanish. The purpose of this was so that I would be able to write letters to my relatives in Ecuador (back in those days long distance phone calls were rare and we actually had to write letters…imagine that).

Fast forward to this very moment….I currently work as an account manager at a financial services firm and the main reason I was hired (other than the fact that I’m awesome lol) is because I am completely fluent in Spanish and the position calls for someone to interact and manage Latin American clients.  BOOM! So basically you can say that because of my mom I have my nice job today. I did thank her and got her a gift FYI.

I would like for my daughter to grow up the same way, but I realize that it’s quite different for me. For starters, I’m American. I was born here in the USA. My main language is not Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish to anyone other than my family and even that is Spanglish) and to my clients. In my day to day life I speak English.  I think in English. I dream in English. I curse in English LOL! Overall, I feel more comfortable speaking in English pero tambien soy una Latina muy orgullosa.

So this makes me realize that I have to make a conscious effort to speak to my daughter in Spanish. I will have to sit her down at my kitchen table once she’s old enough. I will have to teach her the importance of knowing Spanish, not only because it will open many lucrative opportunities, but because it’s a direct and distinct tie to her heritage. She’s the daughter of very proud Latinos, and even more than speaking Spanish, I want her to grow up feeling prideful of her roots.

Is this something you think about? I’m very interested in hearing my fellow Mamis opinions on this matter.

Enjoy the afternoon my loves!

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year Mamis!!!

I know I’ve been pretty awful at updating my blog, but it’s one of my goals this year…to regularly keep updating my blog and sharing my thoughts..

When I started this blog I thought I could handle everything…but the last 3 years have taught me that no…I am not superwoman…she is a fictional character that only exists in comic books. I exist in the real world…where things get complicated!

One of the things that got complicated for me this past year is BREASTFEEDING!

I’m ready to stop and reclaim my breasts but my daughter thinks otherwise. She is still nursing…no where near as frequently (only 2x a day, but countless times at night since we still co-sleep) and it makes me feel guilty… Why do I want to take her milk away? Does this make me any less of scrunchy attachment parent? Is this a new mami coming out of my hippie skin?

So now I have to think of ways to gently wean my daughter off the boob, and feel okay about it…

To be continued…the struggle of weaning 😦

Do any of you struggle with any parenting challenges?

It’s been a long time!

Hi Mamis!

So the summer has passed us by (was it ever really even here?) and I’m still breastfeeding…

STILL!

The good news is that it’s down to 2x a day

The bad news is that my breasts are still not mine

I’m trying to wean on my daughter’s time table but man…I’m dying to get my boobs back!

While this happens I promise to keep updating my blog (even when life gets in the way) and I’m thinking of expanding this internet space of mine to include more product reviews, raves, bashes, and Mami life hacks…what do you all think?

Let me know Mamis…

Have a great afternoon 🙂

Long time no post!

Hi Mamis…

 

Sorry for not posting in a while…I’m actually in the process of revamping the blog…stay tuned for the new format, I think you’re going to like it!

And even though I missed posting something for Mother’s Day (really…every day should be Mother’s Day but that’s a separate post)…below is picture reminding each and everyone of you of your importance 🙂

Have a great day Mamis!!!

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Mami Shortcuts

Hi Mamis…

So I just finished giving myself a 10 minute manicure over at Sephora…and while I was waiting for my polish to dry (Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer in Oui – amazing purple/pink color) I started thinking about mami shortcuts.

Our time is limited so we come up with time savers – for everything. For example…I apply my makeup during my commute to work (only recommended if you have steady hands and nerves of steel). I often eat at my desk so I have my lunch hour free to devote to personal errands, etc. So this afternoon when I grew tired of looking at my man hands so I ran into Sephora and spent $0 on a nice manicure. Whohooo! It’s the little things that keeps me going!

What are your mami shortcuts? Please share!

I think I want my breastises back

Hi Mamis…

I have a major confession to make. I think I’m ready to wean my daughter off the boob. It’s really hard to admit that since I’m so super pro breast feeding and baby led weaning, I feel like a hypocrite. It’s just come to a point where I want my boobs to be my own again.

Right now my darling little meatball nurses on demand (which means she nurses at night) and I’m kind of finding myself increasingly annoyed by late night nursing sessions. I know, that’s pretty crappy but it’s the truth. I fear that my increasing annoyance will taint my whole breastfeeding experience.

So what do I do? How do I begin the weaning process? When do I begin it? The World Health Organization currently recommends that mothers breastfeed until the age of 2. Luckily enough, my meatball will be 2 fairly soon. Should I wait? We’re almost there, about 2 months away, or should I start weaning now?

Do any of you have plans to wean? Have you weaned? How did you feel? How do your boobs feel? Did they get engorged and was it painful or did you barely notice? Please leave your comments, I’m really curious to read your thoughts and advice on this matter.

Have a great evening mamis!

OH!!! And if you didn’t notice, the title of this post has a reference to a lyric from Drunk In Love which has pretty much been on repeat since December. All hail Beyoncé!!! (Who also breastfed!!!!!)