Coffee and PaintingĀ 

When my Princess sleeps I have some me time! My two favorite things to do; drink coffee and paint. It’s so soothing and regenerates me for when my baby girl wakes up and wants to play again. I also started exercising and she loves our Mommy & Baby work outs in the morning. Only thing is I dislike the soarness you get from working out. Ouch!!! Hope y’all are having a great weekend!  

 

Stay safe, have fun, and be creative!! 

With Love & Encouragement 

Mrs.Mommy.Loza

Keeping Family Traditions!

I love, love, love all things Mexican. Really I do!

This month is my Father’s 60th Birthday, so we planned him a surprise Birthday party at an old school Mexican restaurant in East L.A. called El Mercadito.

Bienvenidos Al Mercadito 3rd floor dinning and Mariachi show

We’ve been coming here since we were kids, so we just had to take it way back for my Dad’s 60th B-day! He loves Mariachis! He was completely surprised, and even showed some emotion at the beginning of the night. The moment he seen all his kids/grandkids there, it was over tears of joy came down. It was awesome to see my Dad so happy! Especially when he thought it was going to be dinner for 6, and turned out to be dinner for 30+. That’s only our immediate family too. We’re kinda a big deal! 

That’s my dad with the big sombrero!! He goes along with his kids, we love that about our Dad!!

 

Not only was it an opportunity to go back in time, but to introduce my Princess to our culture; as well as my childhood. Although she is still to young to remember it in the future, we wanted her to get used to our cultural environment. East L.A. is where I was born and raised, so she has to get to know my neighborhood. 

Yes, we all took turns taking pictures with the sombrero! Who doesn’t like taking pictures wearing a sombrero?! Lol..

See, even our handsome little stud wanted in on it! Hehe..

So at the beginning our LO was totally terrified by the new environment. Then after about 10 minutes being there she was mesmerized by the Mariachis playing. I sat with her in the front and she wouldn’t stop staring. My little girl has loved music since she was in my belly! I’ve played her all types of music with headphones when she was in my womb. So naturally she became a lover of music. 

This was my Princess after the party, she was still feeling the vibes. She absolutely loves her drum and already learned a beat from my big brother!

Anyways, enough showing off my Princesses musical talents. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog the dinner.

I really enjoyed seeing my little girl enjoy herself. Her big brother is already a big fan of this place. Especially the shopping part because they sell a ton of cool clothes, hats, toys, and his favorite “lucha libre masks” on the second and first floor. He always has to come back home with a new one. It’s a father and son thing! Which reminds me; I need to get a picture of them wearing their masks. I still don’t have one. 

Here’s big brother holding little sister!! He really loves his baby sister, and loves holding her every chance he gets. It’s fun to watch them during playtime. They’re just too cute!

My favorite part of the night (especially because my last blog is about “raising love”) was the dance. My parents danced to their favorite song; which also reminds my Father of my Grandparents who have unfortunately already passed. It’s called; Amor Eterno, by Juan Gabriel. This song always gets us right smack in the throat, we can’t get through this song without getting emotional. My grandparents legacy of being in love, and loving your family still lives on! 

My parents dancing to their favorite song!

This was the beso at the end of the dance! This is who I learned how to be loved and express it with true passion!

 

What a night it was and I cannot forget to mention how delicious the food was! My baby girl loved the rice and beans. She ate it all up! I’m really happy she did enjoy herself here, her big brother made sure to make it fun for her too. Family is truly a blessing from above and I thank God for the family I’ve got! Life wouldn’t be the same without them! 

This is my heart out of my body! Don’t mind our baby girls eyes closed. Haha.. This was the best I could do with baby boy running around with his cousins; and, our Princess not wanting to look at the camera. Not kidding when I say she was completely into the Mariachis.

I will end this blog with this:

Family is important! Us as parents must insist on making our family our first priority, and put them above all things in this world. My Dad has always been a loving Father, even on his bad days. His heart was always in the right place, regardless of mistakes. We all make mistakes! I’m just grateful to have my Dad, and even more grateful that my Husband has always been close with him; even before we were married.

My Husband unfortunately lost his father in 1996, so he missed out on his Dad teaching him how to be a man. Although, he did an excellent job for the short time he lived. I thank my Father in law for the man my husband is today! He taught him that marriage is forever, and to fight for your family! As well as fight in the ring! I have my very own bodyguard thanks to him! 

This was us for Papa Loza’s B-day! You’re always missed and in our hearts! Our kids will know you, even if they don’t get to meet you!

Life is short so love the family your given; and treat each other right! We never know when we’ll take our last breath. Keep the family gatherings alive, and always say sorry when your wrong! Don’t leave each other angry and most importantly never forget to say “I love you!”

Here’s to you Daddy and I hope we have you with us for many more years! You’ve been a great Dad and you’ve always been there whenever we needed you! I especially love how much my Princess loves you and loves being around you! When you walk in the room she lights up with happiness and a huge smile automatically comes on her face! We love you big! 

Happy Birthday to an amazing Father & Grandfather! We love you so much!!

I hope y’all enjoyed this blog, sorry it took so long to write! I’m a busy Mommy and I try my best to write while my baby girl sleeps. She’ll be 1 year old very soon, and before I know it she’ll be walking too. So I cherish these moments of her by my side. Have a wonderful day! Next stop, Daddy’s neighborhood! 

For now we hang up our hat and say goodbye!!

With Love & Encouragement

Mrs.Mommy.Loza

Raising Love

We try our best to teach our children about love. Mostly because it’s a huge part of life. Sometimes we can let our every day lives get in the way of showing our kids what’s really important. Especially with the way hate is spread out in so many ways nowadays.

Be the love that teaches your siblings how to love someone!

Growing up with 8 siblings was such a blast. Of course we had our ups and downs like all siblings do. Yet, the love for us was always there. We could fight and be mad at each other but the moment an outsider would try to bully or disrespect one of our siblings it was over. We had each other’s back, always! That is what my husband and I try to teach our kids. To stand up and stick with each other through the thick and thin, the good and bad.

Isn’t it always Mom that has to be in the middle of it all? The love and battles of sibling hood!

My husband and I actually grew up together, so we’ve been in each other’s lives for a long time. We’ve only been married for going on 5 years now, but the love was always there. It’s crazy how life turns out. Before we were married my husband had 4 other kids, so my daughter was blessed to already have siblings in her life. She is closest with her big brother in the photo on top. They absolutely love each other.

 
When I found out I was going to give birth I was nervous because I didn’t want my step son to ever feel like he was going to be left out because we were having a baby. I was so happy that he was happy he was going to have a little sister. Although, he really wants a little brother and keeps asking when we’re giving him one.

He has been such a huge help to us and especially for his little sister. He sings to her, plays with her, and loves to hold her in his arms since she was born. This is the love we hope to keep in their hearts forever!

I cherish these moments of watching them grow in love!

I believe we learn how to love others by our siblings. Our parents teach us how to be loved.

Growing up, how we see our parents interact with one another is very important. If we see our parents show each other love, it opens a child’s eyes on how they should be loved. We want them to know how to appreciate their spouse, love their spouse, and do acts of kindness for each other. What good is it to be married and not be happy? Not only does it poison a marriage, but also poisons the children’s minds on how to love and respect their future spouse.

 

If all they see in their parents is anger, fighting, and/or bitterness that’s exactly what they grow up to be like; or they’ll want to be the opposite of it. Who wants their children growing up thinking their parents hated each other? Why wouldn’t we want them to see the best of us?

I know things happen, and well sometimes things don’t end up working out for the parents, but should that stop us from being the best example we can for our children? If anything that should make the parents want nothing more than to make the children know their still very loved, and life will still go on.

I really hope this read was a good one for you. My husband and I are not perfect, and what we go through we share with the ones we love. Being parents is not an easy task. I believe mostly because now you have a little one(s) looking at what you do; as well as looking up to you for guidance in life. Hope y’all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with you family and hope that the love doesn’t end because the holiday did.

With Love & Encouragement

Mrs.Mommy.Loza

Breastfeeding Challenge

So I’ve breastfed my little Princess since she was born. The moment the doctor put her on my chest, she latched on in minutes and it’s all she’s wanted. My LO (little one) won’t take a bottle or even a pacifier. So getting things done has really been a challenge.

She’s definitely attached to me, and refuses to go with anyone else. Well except Daddy of course. I’m starting to try to make her a little more independent now, and I want her to be able to be ok with me not being in the same room with her. It’s crazy because she won’t even go with my Mom, and I know it makes my Mother sad. The moment I get up she looks at me like; “You get up, and I’m going to cry!”  Then I feel bad of course and pick her up so she won’t cry. I want to show her love, but I also don’t want to create a monster in the process.

I was at the doctors the other day and I seen the picture above and just had to turn it into a blog, and do a fun little edit on it as well. Not only did the painting speak to me, it was a beautiful moment captured of a Mother nurturing her child. I realized not a lot of women can handle breastfeeding. Seeing this picture made me feel happy inside, because I’ve come so far in this area. It’s my connection with my little Princess, this is how she knows I’m Mommy, and she’s my baby! Although it is really tough to stick with, I’m definitely glad I have stuck it out this long.

So I’ve had a few people ask how I was able to do it this long. All I can really say I followed when I looked it up was; eat lots of oatmeal and drink plenty of water. Some of the Mommies I know that breastfeed as well say they even bake oatmeal cookies. I’m guessing that does help because those just happen to be my favorite cookie. Make sure to eat lots of veggies as well and fruit. I haven’t had a problem with lactating, I’ve always had more than enough for my LO. So I try to continue doing what works.

I am going to start working out this Monday I’m hoping that my Princess will learn to love it as well. I hear this can help with her becoming more independent and it gives her a healthier lifestyle. Plus her Daddy is a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu, and an undefeated fighter in MMA; so you know that fitness is in her jeans. That’s going to be another blog though.

If anyone has any tips or advice for breastfeeding, healthy recipes, and ways I can get my LO to be more independent feel free to leave them in the comments section. I thank you ahead of time, and I thank you for taking the time out to read my journey through  Motherhood.

With love, and encouragement 

Mrs.Mommy.Loza

From Daughter to Mother…

It’s been seven months now since my daughter made her presence known in this world. I can still remember it like it was yesterday! The pain, pushing, and the first look at the apple of my eye. What a beautiful day that was; and I don’t mean an ordinary kind of beautiful! It was such an experience that still to this day is so hard to describe with mere words.

I am the daughter of an amazing woman, and wonderful Father! My parents have nine kids, and I’m the third oldest. Growing up with my Mother and Father was nothing less than beautiful! Of course, all families have their ups and down, and for me the downs were the best parts of my life growing up. Weird right? Let me explain; it was through the downs that we learned the most about life, family, and holding it all together.

My parents went through a lot, and it was mostly because they had nine kids. Life was rough for the two of them, yet they held it all together as if it were a walk in the park; or so it seemed to us kids.

My Dad was like any other Father that came out of East L.A., and some family members may not have liked him for that. It didn’t matter to us though, he did what he had to do. Was he perfect? Nope! He was a Father that had nine kids, and seven of us are girls. He raised us to be tough fighters, teaching us how to stand up for ourselves and each other; especially because of where we grew up. He knew it was not going to be easy for us, my Father had to raise us the way a Father should in a city as crazy as East L.A. And yet, he was kind and loving at the same time. I had the best of both worlds with him, my Dad showed me how a man should love me. I believe that’s exactly why I grew up a Daddy’s Girl!

My Mother on the other hand taught us everything else! She taught us how to be strong, how to get up when we fall, how to rise above the negativity, and how to love and trust God with everything inside of us! My Mother is my Hero, and the flame to my candle. She made my world, and I still to this day love being her daughter. She can do it all; from party planning, praying on her knees for her husband and children, cooking for us, teaching us to be strong women, and taught us to be sports fans. When I say she can do it all, I mean it! She’s truly an amazing woman! I don’t know what I would do without her! She made me who I am today! I don’t say it to boast myself up, because Lord knows I’ve been anything less than perfect! And still, she has loved me unconditionally. She has made sure that I understand the role of a woman, daughter, wife, and Mother! It’s all written on my heart in stone; and all because she instilled the word of God since I was a little girl. I can only pray to be half the Mother she is, and hope to instill in my daughter all that she has taught me and more!

This is my love letter to my parents, and I thank you for being so good to us!

Dear Mom & Dad,

I’ve waited 37 years to say these words to you both. Mostly because I’ve finally understood everything that they’ve ever done for us now that I’m a Mother! I know now it wasn’t easy, and yes y’all stumbled a few times; but, you’ve gotten up together, and finished the race. Now you’ve been promoted to GrandParents and I truly hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor!

I hope y’all have enjoyed this short and sweet version of the first 37 years of my life. I welcome you to enjoy this next chapter. #ThisIsMommyLifešŸ‘øšŸ½ So let’s enjoy it!

With love, and encouragement

Mrs.Mommy.Loza