Celebration Day

Monday, May 23, 2016

First off I must apologize for the late post. The party was on Saturday May 14 and it is now the 23. I really have tried to make the time to at least post the pictures, but I wanted to elaborate on the fun. Unfortunately the day after the party my kiddos got sick. Yes, all 3! So I hope you can understand when I say I have been a bit low on energy by the end of the day. Thank you to those who follow along on social media and have wished us a speedy recovery. We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. A week later we are just starting to shake the fevers.

So without further ado I am so so happy to say we hit our fundraiser goal!!!!!!!

To be honest we were so relieved that most of our guests understood our cause and what this really meant for us. The thought of being able to help a child without the means for clubfoot treatment is such a blessing. We are truly humbled by this experience and grateful for all those who came and gave to such a great cause.

Thank you
-Adriana Cavazos
-Gilda Cordova
-Yamilet Sosa
-Atul Patel
-Paola Sosa and Family
-Ledesma Family
-Luis and Sara Garcia
-Linda Rosales
-Mirtha Sosa
-David Sosa
-John and Lisa
-Sarah Madrigal
-Anonymous Donor
You all helped a child with Clubfoot receive treatment. May God bless you all.

Josiah really enjoyed himself that day. He had his first cupcake, which he devoured! He enjoyed watching the older kids play games. He even received some great gifts. Among those gifts were his first pair of actual shoes, which we purchased from Sweet N Swag. He has worn them about 4 times since that day and they have managed to stay on his feet, which is a miracle because he takes everything off! We love them!

Overall the party was great, the guests were great and the memories are held so dearly to my heart. On this day we wanted to collect memories not things. We wanted to emphasize how much this year of Josiah's life has taught us to be grateful. To give back. To care about others needs before our own. To show love to someone we have not met by giving them the gift of walking. I am so proud to say we accomplished all of these on this day and it will forever be in my heart.

Happy 1st Birthday Josiah

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 2015





 October (same shirt different day!)








A year ago today my life was blessed with a priceless gift. He was 7 lbs 2 oz of perfection and I was blown away from the very moment I laid eyes on him. 
I know every parent falls in love with their baby. They say how perfect the baby is and don't see anything but the sun shining out of that little tush. Josiah was not the exception for this mommy. The nurses and doctors kept asking me if I was aware of his feet being deformed and I said, "Yes" to the obvious, but to me, Josiah was so perfect. His feet did not bother me one bit. I still kissed them and smelled them and held them every chance I got. 

I knew that as time went on and he started treatment for Clubfoot, I would no longer be able to enjoy his little feet. I knew that this is the only chance I had to enjoy the original version of my little man. 

Today he has come so far and I get to enjoy those little feet 6 hours a day. I still think he is pure perfection and my love for him has grown with every passing day. 

Josiah inspires me daily. His Clubfoot drives me to raise awareness. To help other children in need of treatment. I have learned so much from my son and am grateful to God for his life today. 

Happy Birthday Josiah!

If you would like to help a clubfoot child in need of the gift of walking properly Click here

Are You Giving Advice or Mom Shaming?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

We all have that person we can talk to about anything and everything. That one you call when you have a little drama or just need to vent with. We call those people our friends, besties, or better yet family. We trust those "besties" to keep our secrets, lend an ear, cry with us, and grovel in our self pity- if need be. We know this person will always be there for us and we count on them for it. Especially when becoming a mother!

 You don't know why your baby has been crying for 4 hours, so you call this person for answers. You can't remember how the recipe for playdough goes, so you call this person to check if it's tartar sauce or cream of tartar. You're mad at your husband for not putting the seat down for the hundredth time so you call this person to vent on how you fell in! They are always willing to give advice, talk you off the ledge, and make sense out of the situation for you. But what happens when their "advice" feels more like mom shaming? 

"Well he's probably crying because you don't feed him enough!"
"Why are you making playdough when you can buy it at the store?"
"I already told you, you need to teach your husband a lesson!" 

Really?! Is this what we call these friends to hear? I don't think so. 
And we can't say we haven't done it because I know at some point, we are all guilty of being these types of friends!

Recently I witnessed a mother arguing with her adult daughter. The daughter felt like the mother never understood her and that she constantly felt judged on her parenting skills. The mother felt like the daughter was being too sensitive and that every mother has to deal with some sort of child drama. 
Each woman had her valid points, but because of the mom shaming they could not see those points. The daughter seemed like all she wanted was a hug and for her mother to say, "I understand your struggle, times will get better."
The mother wanted her daughter to say, "You're right mom, I'm being dramatic. You dealt with it, why can't I." 

I understand both women because as a young mother I too feel like there are days my hands are full, I get no help, nobody understands me, I'll probably age rapidly and my kids won't come visit me at a care center! (I know, I am being dramatic)
But, I understand the mother because she raised children already and she knows better days are ahead. That her kids won't always be that little and sometimes we do tend to overreact.
However when we have off days we don't see these points of view, we just want someone to listen or lend a hand.

In my first scenario say, "Hey, all men do it! Maybe you should put up a sign in the bathroom to remind him." and, "The baby probably just needs some gas drops, do you need me to come over to give you a breather?" and, "Look up playdough on Pinterest, you can find everything there!"

Instead we make the person feel worse and forget that as mothers at some point we feel exasperated too, and we too will need a good ear to vent to at some point.

So your friend mothers differently than you?! That's okay. She's raising boys you're raising girls. It really is different! I see my girlfriend's daughter's and I notice they deal with different problems than I do with my boys. So, I keep my opinions to myself and if asked I tell them how I would do it, but I ALWAYS throw in a, "It's your choice." I try to reassure my friends that I can give the advice, but if not taken I will back up their decisions either way. That's how real friends do. Don't make them feel bad for wanting to go in a different direction. We are all learning how to be mothers along the way. Our job is to lift one another up, cheer them on and pour a cup of coffee to drown your sorrows in.

 I know I'm not a perfect friend. I forget to text back. I don't answer my phone if I'm trying to put the kids to sleep. I get so busy with life I forget to check up on others. But, I am blessed and very fortunate that the women I call my besties totally know me and understand that my hands are full, and when we get in the same room it's like we haven't skipped a beat- we just pick up where we left off.  I would hope they know I am here for them if I am truly needed.

Lets try to be the best mothers we know how to be and keep the mom shaming to a minimum if not at all. Let's stop the mom shaming madness!!

May your Mother's Day weekend be filled with joy and laughter with the ones you love.

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