Navigating Through The Emotions Of Being a New Mom #ForBetterBeginnings

This post has been sponsored by PlaytexBaby, however all the opinions expressed below are my 100% true and honest opinions. #PlaytexMoms #ForBetterBeginnings

It’s been a little over 2 years since I became a mom. Those days when I had my little newborn will stay with me forever; it was the most amazing experience. I can admit it was also one of the roughest times, even though you think you have prepared yourself, you read all the books, you bought all the things but nothing could prepare you for the overwhelming amount of emotions that have been so abruptly thrusted upon you. No one really warned me about it, and then I learned it isn’t until very recently that moms started to open up about it. This is how I learned how to navigate through all the new mom emotions and struggles  which led me to start writing. I want to say a special thank you to PlaytexBaby for allowing me to write freely and openly for the #ForBetterBeginnings campaign

The first two weeks after I had Mila bear, I felt so bipolar. I would be so happy one minute, sad the next and I would feel guilty for being sad. I had this beautiful little baby; what did I have to be sad about? I had a husband that helped with pretty much everything and I couldn’t really move without being in pain (which made me feel even more guilty). One thing that I really couldn’t shake was the guilt I had from not being able to breastfeed, and at the time I couldn’t afford a breast pump or was educated enough on how to get a free pump through my insurance. All of those things, paired with the fact that I didn’t know how or who to talk to about all my feelings, bottling it all up inside, developed into postpartum depression. The first two weeks after your baby is born you may have mood swings, trouble sleeping (not because baby is keeping you up all night), a sense of hopelessness & irritability. It’s called the Baby Blues. Talking to your doctor is the first step in preventing the baby blues developing into postpartum depression.

After going through what I felt was a nightmare delivery, I felt like I couldn’t talk to my doctor but I didn’t switch for some reason. I made myself get up every day and take a walk with Mila because it would prevent me from laying down all day and Jeff made an extra effort on the weekends to make sure he had something planned for us so we wouldn’t be stuck at home. After creating a safety net of people I could turn to when I felt like I needed help and actively doing things outside of the house as a family, I felt like I wasn’t so far in this rut that I felt like I was in the beginning. I wish that more people were open about the lows of motherhood & parenting, because it’s not all highs. Yes, it is one of the most rewarding things on this planet, but if we can’t talk openly about what we’re going through emotionally then we can’t be our very best version of ourselves for our children, because that’s what they deserve. 

If you’re ever in need and have no one to talk to don’t ever hesitate to email me!

If you’ve gone through PPD, what are some things that helped you get through it? 

Being a Tourist In My Hometown: Staying On The Riverwalk

This post was sponsored by Hotel Valencia, all opinions expressed below are 100% my own true and honest opinions.

A couple of weekends ago Hotel Valencia invited us to stay at their beautiful hotel on the riverwalk , and I was so excited because even though I was from San Antonio I had never actually stayed on the riverwalk! When I was little I remember dreaming of staying in one because I thought it was literally the coolest thing ever, and now that I got to it was even better than anything I could have even imagined when I was little.

When we arrived I couldn't believe how beautiful it was, and how nice everyone was that worked there. Once you walk in the Hotel gives off such a San Antonio vibe, from the decorated long horn skulls in front of the elevator and the patterns in the fabric and the carpet. (Check out Jeff's vlog to see it!) After we checked in, we rested after the roadtrip from Houston in the most comfortable bed everrrr. Seriously I almost didn't want to get up and get dressed for dinner!

On the second floor of the hotel they have the lobby, a patio, a lounge area and an amazingly tasty Argentinian restaurant called  Dorrego’s. I had such a hard time deciding what to order but ended up choosing the chicken milanese, and Jeff ordered to smoked short rib ravioli (which I had a few bites of) and can I say that these dishes were huge and so so good! My favorite part of dinner was hearing the Mariachi's playing down on the riverwalk as we ate on the balcony just above it.

 After being stuffed to the max we decided to head down stairs and stroll down the riverwalk to help our food settle. Mila was so mesmerized by the water and the birds flying by. I loved being able to go down to the riverwalk, and explore the rest of down whenever we wanted to. Being walking distance of so many exciting things was the best part to be honest!

Check out the rest of the pictures from our stay below 👇

What's your favorite thing about San Antonio? 

Being a Tourist In My Hometown : Visit San Antonio

This post was sponsored by Visit San Antonio, all opinions expressed below are 100% my own true and honest opinions.
For those of you that have been following me for a while know that I'm from San Antonio, but when I was little I didn't really know all that San Antonio has to offer until Jeff & I would take road trips to visit my family that still lived there. Eventually we would go to the same places and it would get pretty boring, but that's because I didn't really know San Antonio that well! This time Visit San Antonio gave us a San Antonio Passport so that we could experience all that San Antonio has to offer, and believe me there are so many things to do!

At Home Test Drive: 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

Disclosure: The post is sponsored by Kia Usa, however all opinions expressed are 100% my own honest & true opinions.

When it comes to looking for a family car. luxury and sedans aren't the first thing that comes to mind. Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with Kia to experience the new Kia Cadenza Limited 2017 in the comfort of my own home and it completely convinced me that I didn't have to sacrifice luxury when it came to what we were looking for to accomodate our family.

Why Do Bloggers Make it Seem Like They Live A Perfect Life?

This question was always a conflicting one to answer for me, because I know I live a less then perfect life. There's always a big debate among bloggers on this issue, but I can only speak from my own experiences on why it may seem like we live a perfect life.

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