Today I’m getting a little personal and sharing a little bit about how motherhood has changed me. There’s a few facts you may not know about me. I’m the youngest of 7. I know crazy right? Way to go Mom (lol)! We came to America when I was around five years old. We didn’t speak any English and only had the clothes on our backs. My mom sacrificed everything and worked three jobs to support all of us. Although we didn’t have much, I always felt like we had everything. I have three older sisters and feel so blessed to have been raised and surrounded by such strong and independent women.
The past fourteen months has been a WILD ride! My life has literally flipped upside down. I’ve experienced emotions and exhaustion that I didn’t even know existed. Felt love that is so deep, it makes my heart skip a beat. Heartache that I had no idea could hurt so bad (Milan’s surgery and infection when she was only 6 weeks old). I am SO BLESSED to be able to call Milan my daughter. I feel so empowered and strong. She makes me tough. She’s the reason I wake up with a smile every single day. Knowing I get to see her each morning excites me. This motherhood thing is indescribable. An experience you can only feel and not put into words.
I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but Milan is walking! She skipped crawling and went straight to walking (lol). Watching her learn how to walk and being able to witness this milestone has been so much fun (and back breaking). It’s bitter sweet and a part of me wants her to stay little forever but I’m also so excited to see her grow.
All girlfriend wants to do is walk, walk walk. This photo really shows off her personality – she is sassy and knows what she wants – just like her mama. LOL I will admit, I’m not ready to let go of her hand just yet even though I know she can do it on her own. 🙂
No matter how tired or stressed I am, she makes everything worth it. I just look at her and all my worries disappear. It’s amazing how this tiny little human can make me feel so complete.
One thing I’ve realized and learned very quickly is that parenthood is not for the faint of hearts. Everything that used to matter before I had Milan, simply doesn’t anymore. She is the only thing that truly matters. It’s overwhelming to think that I’m responsible for teaching her this thing called life.
As a new mom, I started to worry about the future and all that it holds. How will I prepare her? How will I teach her everything to make sure she is ready for the real world? So many unknowns, it’s frightening.
Instead of worrying about tomorrow, I want to teach Milan to live for the moment and take one day at a time. Breathe, give thanks and be grateful for each day we are alive. Enjoy today because tomorrow is not promised. After going through what seemed to be my darkest days with my miscarriage, I look at life completely different. I appreciate everything that much more and try not to take anything for granted.
My dearest Milan, I want you to dream big, be kind to others and love yourself. Be strong, go after what you want and NEVER, EVER give up. Even though the responsibility of motherhood is terrifying, I am honored to be your mommy. When I’m with you, I feel like I can conquer the world.
Now let’s talk about these amazing sandals! As you can see, Milan loves them too. Her tiny finger kills me (lol). They are SO comfortable and I absolutely adore the ankle tie. The suede straps are buttery soft and don’t cut or dig into your feet at all. I can wear these all day without my feet hurting (and I have very picky feet). I love that it has a little chunky heel – gives me a little height but still low enough to chase a tiny toddler around and run lots of errands!
Sizing runs true to size and I took my normal size 5. It’s available in three different colors and I’m wearing “cognac”. They go with practically everything! You can wear these with shorts, jeans and dresses for spring and summer. Sole Society has so many great spring items – here are my top picks:
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I wish I could make time slow down but since I can’t, I will try and savor each moment with this little nugget. I’m so grateful that God blessed me this wonderful gift.
c/o Sole Society sandals (cognac) // c/o Sole Society tote (cognac) // c/o Karen London cuff (moonstone) // White jeans // Gingham peplum top // Crystal necklace (similar HERE) // Lipstick // Pink nail polish
Milans’s outfit: Gap dress // Old Navy pants // c/o Freshly Picked moccasins // c/o Turban // c/o Joovy Tricycoo
I’m so flattered and honored to partner with Sole Society to support National Women’s Month. Here’s to all the amazing, strong and inspiring women in our lives!
Thank you Sole Society for sponsoring this post.