So, I took my shot on Instagram (@thenewmomontheblock) and used the ask a question feature on my Insta-story. I compiled a list of the questions people asked on there and to my surprise I got more questions than I imagined. If I am being honest, I did not expect to even get a question since I have tried using that feature before and got ZILCH. I’m really glad you guys have reached out and ultimately help me with this post! So without further ado, here is the 20 questions and answers you guys wanted to know.
- Q: Why did you want to create this blog?
A: I created The New Mom on the Block because I wanted to share my thoughts and ideas with others. I wanted to be able to connect to a community lifestyle that I live every day.. #MomLife But ultimately, I created The New Mom on the Block because I was missing something from myself and that was getting back into some of the things I love such as writing and connecting with others.
- Q: Why “The New Mom on the Block”? Why not another name?
A: Funny story about how New Mom on the Block came to light. My husband and I were at the Atlanta Airport waiting to board a flight to Palm Beach for our 1 year Anniversary – YAY US! My husband pretty much grew up down there during the summer as a child and he wanted to show me all of the places he loved. ANYWAY, I am notorious for getting off topic but it’s fun. I’m a great story teller I swear! But, we were at airport and I had talked to him about me wanting to start a blog but I was hesitant because I am very self-conscious about a lot of things and letting others judge me publicly is one of them. I was afraid people wouldn’t like it etc. but I decided that if it had a name, then I could do this. I can create a blog and find my niche somehow. I am passionate about being a mother. It was the one thing I knew I was going to be as a child. While everyone else was deciding what to be in the 2nd grade I wanted to be a mom. My husband and I were talking about different names that may fit me and OF COURSE we got off topic and started talking about how I went to a New Kids on the Block concert not too long ago and being the youngest person at that concert (I’m only 26). I joked and said, “I could totally be The new mom on the block” and we both looked at each other with that look like YASSS QUEEN that is it!!! And that is how the name was born!
- Q: What is your toughest challenge on being a mom?
A: My toughest challenge on being a mom is being a mom to 2 kids. When it was just Caleb and I it was manageable. We could go on little mommy/son dates and do whatever we wanted. Now with 2 my attention is divided and unfortunately, with a baby my attention is not divided equally. It’s been tough realizing that it is okay that my attention is divided and to not beat myself up over it.
- Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: My favorite color is Sea Foam Green! It has been my favorite color since I was about 11 years old. I just think it is such a pretty color and the name is fun too!
- Q: How do you like being a stay at home mom?
A: I have to admit that I hated the idea of being a stay at home mom at first. I was totally against the idea. My husband and I fought for my entire pregnancy about this decision. I have worked ever since I was 16 years old and sometimes I was working 2 or 3 jobs. I liked having my own money and no one else telling me what to do with it. I felt like that freedom would be taken away from me and I didn’t like the idea of me not contributing to the family. I ultimately decided staying at home was best because my kids deserve it. I still did not like it when I realized I was not going back to work and fell into post-partum depression like I could never imagine. It was so tough but my husband was an angel about it and now I LOVE being a stay at home mom. I get to pick Caleb up from the bus stop, let him do extracurricular activities he wouldn’t normally get to do, let him play sports and do summer camps. Mila, I get to watch her grow and hit every milestone. That was something I was not able to do with Caleb since I was a single mom for most of his young childhood so I cherish every moment I have with the two of them and I could not be happier.
- Q: Are you and Ricky going to have more kids?
A: HELL NO! lol excuse my language but we definitely do not want more kids. We love the idea that we don’t have to juggle more that 2 little schedules on top of our schedules.
- Q: What are you going to school for?
A: Accounting! I graduate with my Associates in May! I was originally a Finance Major but my lovely husband convinced me that while Finance is great, I still will never know the accounting side without the accounting degree. SOLD. I decided I wanted to understand all sides of running a business so I majored in Accounting.
- Q: What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
A: OMG. There are so many moments I can’t even determine which is the worst. There was this one time when my husband and I were just dating but we had broken up.. so I guess we weren’t dating? LOL but anyway it was in this 6-months that we weren’t together that a pretty embarrassing thing happened to me. So, I was working a 2nd job for a marketing company that was hired by Marlboro so I worked at bars in Atlanta and Athens and gave out free or $1 packs of cigs. I know, what was I promoting but I was making bomb money and I liked going out on the weekend anyway so it was fine. Well, one night I was at a bar in Buckhead and RICKY WAS AT THE BAR. LIKE WTF right? How dare he show up while I am working and he didn’t know I’d be there. I was so on edge that night after we ran into each other because we would constantly exchange glances it was the worst but the part that was embarrassing was this one time that we locked eyes and I literally fell going up ONE stair… just ONE. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN. I couldn’t even deal with looking at him anymore. He still married me in the end though so I guess it couldn’t have been too bad.
- Q: What kind of food do you like?
A: I am the ultimate foodie! I love all kinds of food. I am half Laotian and half Mexican so there is so much to love from both cultures. I could never not like any food…except for pickles. I hate pickles.
- Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Umm… I am a literal grandma in a 26-year-old body. I am so chill when we don’t have the kids because I don’t know what it is like to just be in silence. Once, Ricky and I just went home and went to sleep for 12 hours! LOL but we like trying out different restaurants and I like to get my nails done, or get my lashes done (@Glambyjai_) or just cuddle up with a nice book or relax in the bath and listen to a podcast or listen to a great book with Audible.
- Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Is this a short joke? I feel attacked, haha. When I am done with school I would ultimately love for us (Ricky and I) to open our own accounting/wealth management firm.
- Q: Are you still always late to everything?
A: LOL, yes. But I am getting better. Ricky helps me stay on track when it comes to getting to places on time.
- Q: How does it feel to have 2 kids?
A: Do you want the good, the bad or the ugly? I’ll just give you all three. The ugly is that I feel exhausted having 2 kids… God bless you parents with more than 2. The bad is they are 10 years apart and already fight with each other and one of them is only 1. The good is that they’re the best kids in the world and as exhausted as I am, I am blessed beyond belief to have two perfect children.
- Q: How do you get in the way of your own success?
A: Man, this one is deep! I love that you asked it though. As stated before I am very self-conscious about almost everything. I grew up not really feeling like I was much and that didn’t go away as I got older. I let the fear of striking out keep me from playing the game but NOT this time. I am paving my way to greatness and setting myself up to win in anything I do. It is a big challenge for me but I know I can do it.
- Q: Why do you love Target so much?
A: You just don’t understand. Target is like my sanctuary. I am not in love with Target, I am obsessed. I am Target’s clingy girlfriend lol. Target has everything I ever need, especially Super Targets. I love walking around with kids in tow and just browsing. Do we always leave with something? Duh, but who doesn’t?
- Q: What size shoe do you wear?
A: lol, I wear a 4-5 in kids. I have baby feet and it sucks! I can never find affordable shoes or shoes on clearance but when I do, BEST BELIEVE I buy them lol
- Q: Why did you cut your hair?
A: It is just hair lol it will grow back. I loved having long hair but my hair was very unhealthy and it needed to get healthy again before I maintain that length again.
- Q: How did you and Ricky meet?
A: No one ever believes us but we met on Match.com! We met, exchanged numbers, talked for a bit, he asked me out, I said yes, then the day came for the date and I chickened out! I told me I couldn’t make it because Caleb was sick! We both were dumb and went back to our exes (and ended up breaking up with them.. AGAIN) but we kept in touch and didn’t decide to go on a date until about a year later!
- Q: What are you?
A: Like, human or my ethnicity? lol I am half Mexican and half Laotian (From Laos).
- Q: Do you miss working at BB&T?
A: Yes and no. I loved my BB&T family but I keep in touch with mostly everyone there so I don’t necessarily have to miss them. I loved my clients but I love my family more.
thanks for reading!
April – The New Mom on the Block