Today, I'd like you to meet April, one of our new moms from the Bravado Designs Breastfeeding Diaries Class of 2011.
With her baby due any day now, April is equal parts excited and nervous. She's amazed by the life growing inside her (especially how the pregnancy seems to have taken over her body) and can’t wait for the arrival of her new baby boy. At the same time, the job of parenting sometimes feels very daunting. For one, there is no OFF button… and while she will rely on help from her mom and mother-in-law in the early days, April finds herself wondering how she will meet the demands of a new baby without losing sight of her personal goals.
While April plans to return to her job at a media buying agency in Manhattan, she’s also committed to breastfeeding her son for at least six months (and up to a year if things are going well).
April lives in the Bronx, NY with her husband of 2 ½ years. In her free time she loves to read and blog and she also sings with The Symphony Chorus in NYC.
We asked each of the new bloggers these questions to get to know them better. Here is what April had to say:
If you had 24 hours all to yourself, how would you spend them? Probably curled up under a blanket reading.. Or if it's a sunny day I would read on the beach. I probably love the ocean more than anything else in nature.
Besides your child, what is your proudest accomplishment? Being the first in my family to graduate from college. That was definitely a proud moment for me.
If you could travel back in time, what decade would you most want to live and raise a family in? And why? I think I really like the 50's, mostly so that I can dress like I'm in GREASE, but I also think it was a really wholesome time where family and marriage were valued a lot more than they are today.
How did you meet your spouse? How did you know he was "the one?" We actually met on My Space. We had some mutual friends and I came across him. He had written a blog that really inspired me so I commented on it. I can't really explain HOW I knew he was the one. I just knew. I remember sitting in a Starbucks with him having coffee and he got up to get some napkins. I watched him walk across the coffee shop and something just clicked in my head -- "this is my future husband." We just kind of fit like a glove from the very start.
What was your favorite thing about being pregnant? Feeling the baby move inside of me. Probably the coolest thing about being pregnant in my opinion. Just knowing and anticipating this new life to begin has been pretty amazing.
What do you dislike the most about being pregnant? Morning sickness, swollen feet, hemorrhoids, snoring, lack of sleep. Ha!
What was your favorite week or month or trimester of pregnancy? Second trimester was the best! The symptoms calmed down and I had the cutest baby bump. It was the perfect size for me to look "cute and pregnant" and still be able to move around and not feel like a beached whale.
What surprised you most about pregnancy? How much my body would be completely taken over! I never considered the complexity of my body until being pregnant. It has literally affected every nook and cranny in ways I never imagined.
What is your relationship with your parents and your spouse's parents like? We were both raised by single mothers. So they are very special to us. We see them a lot and spend lots of time with both "the moms."
What piece of parenting advice are you most sick of hearing? That I am never going to sleep again. That my life is over.. that sort of thing.
What part of being a parent excites you the most? That we will have a little part of us (my husband and I) walking around on earth. That I will have someone to love and be loved by forever and that I can somehow contribute in this world by raising a good young man.
What part of being a parent scares you the most? That it's forever... that there is no OFF button. Sometimes I wonder if I can handle it and if I will be a good mother. I wonder if I'll make it to the goals I have for my own life while still prioritizing my son. I hope so.