We all love being a mom, before we talk about mom life, share with us who you are. We want to know your story- what do you love to do? what are you passionate about?
Hello my name is Areli Garcia. I’m 27 years old, I was born and raised here in Albuquerque, NM. Both my parents came from Mexico looking for a better future for us. My mother has always been an outgoing independent woman. My dad was around but had alcohol and drug problems. He was always in and out of jail most of the time. Eventually he got deported and life went on without him. You can say we had it rough for a while. Being the oldest of three I had to mature at a really young age. Seeing my mom work long hours I had to step up and help with my brothers as well do home chores. By the age of eleven I was already cooking. I have always been an active, creative, positive, outgoing person that won’t take no for an answer. One thing I love to do is play soccer. Soccer can be a competitive sport and I like the challenges that comes with it. Now I am a mother of a 6-year-old autistic son. Which I’m passionate about more than soccer. He was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism and you should see the long way he has come. I love looking for new opportunities that can help him in this world and keeping him busy with all the energy he carries
Mom is a title we are all proud of, tell us your birth story!
We planned on getting pregnant for a while, lasted about a year until we ﬁnally conceived. My pregnancy went great with no complications whatsoever. The complications started when my water broke and I had no idea being that I was a ﬁrst time mommy. Well, I lost almost all my water when I got to the hospital. By then Diago was depending on my oxygen. Let me tell you guys, I have always struggled with asthma but have been able to manage it and that day my asthma triggered. It was scary to know that my baby was depending on my oxygen for him to breathe. After a good while I got a panic attack and decided to stop breathing. All I remember from that day was a scenario like in the movies of me coming in and back from fainting just seeing the bright white hospital lights. I had an emergency c-section with no consent whatsoever. Both of our lives were at risk. After all we went through, ﬁnally my Diago was born at 34 weeks. He was born preemie so we had to leave him behind for a whole month in the hospital so he could get his little lungs stronger. Going through that situation was scary but at the end of the day all worth it.
What advice do you have for first time moms?
What has this quarantine taught you?
This quarantine has taught me to take life as it comes. Appreciate every day we wake up and be thankful for what we have. Spend time with our loved ones because we really do have our time counted. Most importantly be selﬁsh once in a while and ask yourself what is it that I want or need. Make yourself feel good. You always come ﬁrst before anybody or anything. Whatever you’re going through always smile because you never know who’s day you’ll make.