Maria José Ovalle
I can’t resist a good smoothie. I’m always experimenting with recipes — and by recipes I mean just throwing in a bunch of stuff in the blender and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I have a hard time getting my 5 fruits and veggies a day so this is a great way to get that in. Also, having a nutritious smoothie keeps me from eating junk and helps me make better choices.
As a 34-year-old woman, I know that I am extremely lucky to have all four of my grandparents alive and in good health — yes they are old, but have no serious illnesses or debilitating conditions. I am happy to say that I have a good relationship with each of them, despite them living in Chile. I make it a point to call them at least once a month and more importantly keep them updated on their great-grandchildren.
Children grow so fast! By the time I got around to letting my son wear a pair of jeans I bought him just a few months earlier, they were are too short and too tight! I was tired of spending so much money on clothing that he would quickly grow out of, even after enduring serious wear and tear from our afternoons at the playground, from either falling or climbing his favorite tree.
Now with a new baby the expenses are higher, and I can’t just go out and shop whenever I please. I have had to become a savvier shopper and find ways to stretch a dollar while still keeping my kids well-dressed. We don’t all have other family members or friends to inherit hand-me-downs from, so it is up to us as moms to find the best deals out there.
My son was very small, just 5 lbs when he was born. I wanted to hold him all of the time and keep him close and warm. His stroller being so big and spacious and made him look even smaller — I didn’t like just putting him in there. I had received a baby carrier for my shower, but the minimum weight requirements were for 8 lbs and up. Obviously my little guy was going to fall right through and it didn’t look very snuggly or comfortable.
I didn’t know anything about carrying your baby or the benefits, but a friend had a carrier that was made from t-shirt material and it just wrapped around her and the baby. It was super easy to get on (this one had the straps already made) and she just put her baby in and he slept on her chest. She pulled in the straps to adjust to her needs and presto! Ever since I saw that I wanted one — so I embarked on a baby wearing journey and did so with my Little L, our second child.
My daughter is coming up to 9 months and my mamá has been asking when I’m going to get her ears pierced. Without realizing it, I have been avoiding the question and more importantly, the actual ear piercing action.
But had you asked me before she was born if I was going to do this I would have said “por supuesto!” After all, I had mine pierced at 3 months and traditionally in Latin America babies leave the hospital with tiny studs in place.