This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pine-Sol and Latina Bloggers Connect. However all opinions are my own.
I am lucky enough to be mom to the most beautiful boy in the world. Julius is a perfect example of how the most unexpected of gifts, can be the most wonderful. He came a little bit earlier than was planned. His dad and I had been together for a while but hadn't quite gotten around to planning children, when we were suddenly expecting. It was scary but at the same time it was the most wonderful news I had ever received. As soon as I knew Julius was inside me, I loved him more than anything in the world. While I am not condoning nor recommending for anyone to get pregnant before they are ready. I don't believe that it has to be the end of the world. Women are strong, we were made to survive and to rise above anything that is thrown our way. I am in school, I am a good mother to my son and I have many hopes and dreams for the both of us, that we will achieve. Being a mom has only made me stronger and more responsible.
You don't ever know what life has planned for you, but whatever it is, you can rise above it. I had no idea I would have this perfect little guy looking up at me with those amazing eyes of his, so soon. So I am a young mom, but I am still doing everything I had planned to do. Sure it's going a little bit slower and now I have a little person who I have to tend to before school. But we are handling it just fine between him, his father and I. All I know is that there is no way that I would ever go back, having him has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.
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There are so many women in my life that are my role models. Many are women who have had not just one child, but many, at a young age and still achieved all their goals in life. I am just looking forward to it all, even the challenges. I know it's not always going to be as easy as it is now and we will hit some bumps in the road. But as long as I am with my son, I can handle it and I look forward to the challenges.
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