Monday, April 27, 2020

#MommyMondays: Things I Wish I Knew To Register For (Or Shouldn't Have Registered For) + Other #MommyLife Hacks

A Personal Product Review For My Fellow First-Time Mommies

by Jo Anne

Jo Anne
Before I begin my first review, I must give a major shoutout to my hubby for being the best! His job isn’t just finished when he gets off work. He comes home and does his part as a husband and father. It’s very important to have a support system! Remember: it takes TWO to tango.

Introducing M Report Contributor: Jo Anne Castillo

The M Report would like to introduce a new voice to the conversation - Jo Anne Castillo! We're so excited to share insight from the new mom. She'll host #MommyMondays with brand new content.

Let's get to know Mama Jo! 

Jo Anne

M: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do?
I am from Stafford, Texas, born and raised. My normal nine to five is being a Tax Analyst for a Fortune 500 company. But my real job is being a wifey and mommy!

M: Tell us about your journey into motherhood aka tell us about your baby!
I am the mother of a sweet seven-month old baby boy, BJ, who loves to keep Papi (nickname for my husband Bryan) and I on our toes! BJ's favorite show is "Puppy Dog Pals" and anything Mickey on Disney Jr. If BJ's not eating or sleeping, he’s probably chewing on a TV remote or trying to climb whatever’s in sight. My journey into motherhood has been exciting, yet frightening, however, we couldn’t imagine life without Baby BJ.

M: What’s the best thing about being a mother?
Knowing that there’s a tiny human being whose life depends on me and thinks I hung the moon and stars in the sky.

M: What’s the most challenging?
Also knowing that there’s a tiny human being whose life depends on you ... but I guess you could say not knowing what to expect. Once you think you have one thing down, it changes the next day.

M: How has the pandemic impacted your new chapter into motherhood?
Though this pandemic has been an unfortunate event for the world, it has also been a blessing in disguise to be at home with BJ and watch him grow. My husband and I are fortunate enough to work from home and we have learned to appreciate what matters most - faith and family.

M: What’s your advice to young women out there who are unsure about becoming a mom?
There is no such thing as being “ready” to be a parent. Nothing in life will or can prepare you to be a mother, no book or course. But the lessons learned along the way are the most rewarding.

Click "Read More" for the adorable photo of Jo Anne's family.