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Every morning I rub my pregnant belly while I shower. I sing along to the salsa music that plays through our shower speaker (usually Marc Anthony) and speak to my baby boy in between ad-libs.
“I promise to be there for you, protect you and provide you with everything you need and want. I want to give you all the love in the world, all the things I never received. You fill me with so much love and I’m so proud to be your mami.“
I speak these words to my baby boy every day. And my eyes water every time. He also reacts to my words, moving inside of me slowly and gracefully – like a modern dancer. We are connected. He feels my emotions. He knows how much I love him already.
But, I worry that I won’t be able to follow through when he arrives. I will continue to love him deeply, but how will I juggle it all? How will I be a great mother who is present emotionally and physically and an awesome entrepreneur, content creator, and media personality? I’ve promised my boy to be there for his first steps, his first words, his first kiss. I’ve promised to be the mom that has home-cooked meals prepared when he comes home from school, just like my mom did for me, who helps him with his homework, who cheers at baseball games and hosts slumber parties, all while demonstrating that I am a bad ass career woman so he respects women and treats them as equals. I want to be that mother so bad. And I’m holding myself to it.
When life gets in the way (and it will) my #MothersPromise is to be there always and all ways. No matter what. I will remind myself of this creatively and strategically. This is the way my brain thinks so it works! First, I will create a Pintrest board on the type of mother I want to be and the kind of family I will strive to have. This will serve as a daily reminder.
Next, I plan to get organized! Really. I’m buying a calendar/blackboard so myself and Boo coordinate schedules and plans, and make sure we are not only working hard but also making time for our family and our baby boy.
And, of course, I will continue to fill my gratitude jar to remind myself there are plenty of things to be thankful for no matter how life unfolds.
Lastly, there’s my baby boy himself. Evan. My eyes just welled up with tears when writing his name. My littles, my Van Van, my chicken nugget – he’ll push me to keep my #MothersPromise just by existing. And I plan to aid him in every aspect of his existence, starting with childhood – just like my mother did for me.
While he’s a newborn, I will wake up every 2 hours to breastfeed, burp him and change his Pampers. Yes, I am using Pampers. I’ve spoken to many women, especially family members, and they swear by Pampers Care as it is the best for skin care and leakage. With a wetness indicator and unique absorb away liner, Pampers Care is not only a high quality diaper but it will be sensitive enough for my baby boy’s bottom. If Evan is like his mami and papi, he’ll have sensitive skin. Pampers Premium Care Diapers, which are available at Walmart and Walmart.com, are hypoallergenic and breathable inside and out, so they’re perfect for my sweet, sensitive and graceful Evan.
I can’t wait to meet him and follow through on my #MothersPromise for the rest of my days.