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Day 30 – A Day of Work, Work, Work

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 I have switched my site to a new server. I will only be posting on this blog for the next week or two until I have completed the site transfer. 

To My Little Princess,

What a day this has been. Mami woke up to edit for a client, transfer my website to a new server, edit for another client, and work some more.

I am sorry for not being as attentive as you needed me to be, but I am glad that I got to hold you in my arms while I worked. You got to play with my hair and fall asleep on my chest.

I know that there will be many more days where I will have to work around the clock in order to establish my business.

I hope that this will be a temporary process and the income will flow in from Eat Like A Vegan and my Healthy Living Consultations.

I have faith that things will get better, soon, and we wont have to fret about whether or not you can run around and drop food on the floor here and there.

Grandma has been gracious enough to let us stay here for the month, but our time here is coming to an end soon. We have to find a place to live.

Luckily, Daddy has a job interview on Wednesday, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that he gets it. That would be so awesome, because he has been working part-time. But, we shall see what the future holds.

I am pushing through, applying to jobs, and continuing my efforts.

I really hate the thought of having to leave you for 50 hours a week, so I am trying my best not to have to, baby girl.

Now that it nears 5 a.m., it’s time for Mami to get some sleep.

Everyday of my life,

Mami Loves You

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About this Series:
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.

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Day 29 – Somersaults

Dear Little Acrobat of Mine,

After my interview with Tasleem Jamila of Radio Islam where she and I discussed living gmo-free, supporting local farms, and my services, you and I had a ton of fun this afternoon.

I took you on a trip to the backyard and brought you to stand in the sun for a little while.

Afterwards, we came back home, and I played with you in bed. I would place the blanket over my head and you would lift it up and laugh so hard.

Then, we could go under the blanket together. You would giggle and put your feet in my face telling me to kiss your toes.

I tickled you as you laughed and laughed some more.

We sang capoeira songs. Now, you know two songs – la la la eu and oi sim sim sim oi nao nao nao. You sing them on your own, clap your hands, and then make me join along.

you and Daddy doing capoeira

During one of these moments, you did your very first somersault, today!

I am so proud of how athletic you are at only 18 months old.

You are flourishing so quickly and getting so smart.

Of course, you’re still my baby girl as you demand kisses and cuddles.

You always want to fall asleep in my arms and stay there the whole time you’re napping.

I am usually happy to oblige.

I have to breastfeed you, now, so I have to go.

With a boobie in your mouth,

Mami Loves You

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About this Series:
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 23 – Lluvia

To My Sleeping Child,

In honor of today, I will write you a poem.

Hush child, sleep

Sleep upon my skin

Hush child, sleep

Lose yourself in sounds so sweet

Hush and be calm

Let’s rejoice in the hum of silence

Hush and be calm

Place your hand upon my cheek

Dream child, dream

Dream of days gone past

Dream child, dream

Dream of the future you will come to know

Dream and have hope

Manifest internal growth and peace

Dream and have hope

Trust in the natural cycle of things

Smile child, smile

Sleep

Hush

Be calm

And dream, for all there’s is hope

On this rainy day, I feel a quietude in my spirit. You lay on my lap, caressing my cheek, trying to reach my hair, and I listen to the suckling sounds of your mouth on your thumb.

I am trying to build a future for us.

May it manifest, my sweet.

In Eternal Bond,

Mami Loves You

 

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 22 – Capoeira Cuddles

To My Little Girl,

Today was a wonderful day.

Mami and Daddy took you to a Kids’ Festival on Ferry Street, because Grupo Senzala de Capoeira was doing a capoeira presentation for children.

Daddy will be teaching capoeira soon, so it was an opportunity to inform people about our group and advertise the classes.

I think you were over-stimulated by all of the music, people, and events going on at the same time, because you were holding on to Daddy and I for dear life.

Daddy held you for a long time and lifted you up, so you could watch the folkloric dances.  He was cuddling with you and bouncing you on his shoulder to help you relax.

You looked so happy with him.  I love that you get to have your Daddy in your life.

Then, I held you for a while before we did the performance.

After the events were over, we had dinner and you kept taking food from my plate.  Daddy had a slice of cake and you took it from him. It was pretty funny.

You’re, also, learning so many words.  You say “boobie,” “mine,” and “dayyyuum.” Thank Daddy for teaching you that last one.

You have also started saying a few sentences, like “where you go?”

I love watching you and Daddy interact.

Every day, you look more and more like him.

Now, you are sleeping after an afternoon of fun.

Thank you for all that you are, and for your hugs, smiles, and kisses.

Gratefully,

Mami Loves You

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 12 – Mujeres Poderosas – Olivia Rios

Good Morning to my Precious Child,

Today is a beautiful day.

Last night, Mami hosted a live chat on raising healthy families with Tatiana Amico, a health coach also dedicated to helping people live toxic free lifestyles.

It was the first time that I hosted an online event, and it was a wonderful experience. I am looking forward to doing it, again.

As it turns out, i is Thursday, so you get to learn about the 4th Mujer Poderosa, Olivia Rios, who I am really excited to write about.  

Often times, we think that role models have to be , presidents, movie stars, revolutionaries or people with stuffed pockets, but I think looking to only those types of people misses out on people who live the struggle daily and find ways to constantly be excited about life.

Olivia (or as I called her for many months Princesa Bolivia) and I met in the summer of 2010 in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico.  We both received grants from the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship to study Mixtec through a program by the University of California, San Diego.

While neither of us learned much Mixtec due to the complexity of the language, since saying Mixtec is like saying “Roman Languages,” which include French, Spanish, Italian, etc., we learned a great deal about indigenous culture and language structure.

Our connection, however, really took place outside of the classroom.  Olivia often accompanied me to my field site, and I would go to hers.  At the time, I was engaged in anthropological research in Oaxaca City aimed at understanding how people made use of the arts to contest state power.  Olivia was interested in indigenous dances as forms of performative expression.

We would sit at the cafe together and listen to the performers, dancing, and enjoying the art that surrounded us.  Then, I would accompany to local dances on pyramids and monuments.

boli y yo

me and Olivia

The real fun times came during our many, many nights at a local night club, Tentacion, which had live, local bands performing Musica Norteña on a balcony stage above our heads.  Through dance and our love of being in constant motion, our friendship flourished.

We, along with two of our classmates, also made a ridiculous voyage by bus, bike, and boat down to Guatemala to visit the historical site of Tikal, which was a total spiritual experience for me that I hope to tell you about when you are older.

What makes Olivia admirable and a good role model for you, my dear little girl, is her intense capacity to have faith in LOVE and her spirit for adventure.

During our last nights in Oaxaca, Olivia had the courage to love and return to Oaxaca in pursuit of that love.

Many of our conversations have been about the need for love in our lives in its multi-faceted forms – love of self, love of culture, love of soccer, love of life, love of travelling, and love of others.

I want so much for you to have the courage to love as you grow no matter the pain that might come.  Of course, I pray that you will never experience heartache, but I cannot protect you from the entirety of the world.  So, know that if someone ever breaks your heart, I will be there to help you mend the pieces.

Always be open to adventure.  Had I not met Olivia, I would have never went to Guatemala or learned what joy dancing quebradita is.

These days, Olivia continues to pursue her passion for life by teaching small children in California.  She will be applying for a Fulbright scholarship next year, and, soon after, she hopes to pursue a doctorate degree.

But, of course, what Olivia is most excited about is her new found love, who she met at a Ramon Ayala concert.  She is grateful to have found someone that is in tune with her life and values the things that she does.

I urge you, my little one, to have the courage to love, always, and never settle for less than what you deserve.

Wishing you a life full of joy,

Mami Loves You

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 11 – 18 Months of Life

Dear 18 Month Old Baby of Mine,

Look at you! Growing steadily and flourishing.  I cannot believe it has been a whole year and a half since you came into my life to stir it all up into a wondrous existence.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of watching you play with my mother.  You bring joy to us in ways that we could have never imagined possible.

Love does not even fully encompass the deep emotion that I feel for you as I watch you develop into your own being.

I cannot help but stare at you as you sleep. You look so at peace and comforted as you breathe steadily on my lap.

Your rising and falling chest speak to the miracle of presence in this world.

I never imagined that I would become a mother, some day, but, alas, here you are.

Every day you challenge me and force me into becoming a stronger and happier human being.

Today, we danced in the living room as I tried to teach you how to jump.   I held you in my arms and jumped with you as you cackled in laughter.

You remind me  of the simple pleasures of life – to enjoy being in the present moment.

For many years, September 25 was a difficult day for me as it is the anniversary of my father’s death, but you have given it new meaning.  On this day, I can now celebrate another month of your life.

You have changed many aspects of my life and have brought me back to center.

I feel so lucky to be able to watch you grow, sing, dance, and play.

My favorite part of today was when you and I sat together on the living room floor and you were babbling a story to me. I could make out a word here and there. I continued to ask you follow up questions and you would begin to laugh. I think you were telling me a joke or just celebrating life.

Then, we took out a piece of paper and you began to scribble on it. You handed the pencil to me, and I wrote our names.  I asked you what was in the picture and you babbled to me, once again.  There was a ball, a banana, and daddy.

After we talked about the picture, you began to dance again, so I joined you.  We hopped. Twirled. Stomped our feet in jubilation.

Your hair is growing in, now, and curls that speak of your Afro-Caribbean ancestry have begun to form.

I cannot help but wonder what you will look like as a young woman.

But, there is no rush to be a big girl.

Day by Day, Week by Week, Month by Month, Year by Year – I feel blessed to be here to watch you blossom.

Amazed Every Day,

Mami Loves You

 

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.