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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Moms That Rock- Ashley!

This girl and I go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back. I remember hearing that she had a baby this past year so I had to track her down. This is Ashley Martinez. Above is her 2 1/2 year old Gabriel named after his daddy Gabrial. I love that.

Question time!!!
Q: How old were you when you had your son?
A: 17
Q: Do you feel some judgement when you tell people you have a two year old?
A: Absolutely. Especially when they do the math in their heads. People can't see the difference between teen parents and teenagers portrayed on television as sex and drug crazed weirdos. Hopefully that image changes but there will always be someone judging.

So all anyone can do is ignore them and focus on the positive

Q: What are some things you do to balance out school/work, and family?
With school it was hard since my classes were literally only offered once a day so I had to go by their schedule, but when I would get home, I would spend all my time with Gabriel and Gabe until it was time for Gabriel to go to bed. Then I read him a story and sang him a song. Then I stayed up late and did my homework and I explained to my teachers at the very beginning that I had a child and there were probably going to be days when he was sick. He always comes first.
Q: What are your dreams for yourself and your family?
A: Myself, I want to be a dentist. I got a late start so I won't be starting until this year but I'm very dedicated. Eventually I want to have our own land and a nice house, and of course I want more kids haha. I want Gabriel to be happy and successful in whatever he chooses to do and I want him to know I support him and he can come to me with anything. Same with any other children I have.
Q: How important is teaching some sort of faith to your child/ furute children?
A: Gabriel's story every night is from a preschool version of the Bible and then I let him tell me everything he is thankful for and say "thank you God" at the end. We also attend church most Sundays. If, in the future he chooses not to continue in the Christian faith then that is his choice, but I am trying to give him a faith to believe and trust in. I think having a good foundation is important even though it is difficult. I still struggle with my faith, but I see some of the beautiful and pure things Gabriel does and I know that that is God working in my son. I also believe that Gabriel is a gift to me from God, no matter how anyone else views him. Since God blessed me with Gabriel I find it only fitting that Gabriel learns about God.

Q: Last one. What do you like to do when it's just mommy time?
A: Lol I like playing video games XD like Halo and Zelda and Mario Kart. I also like reading.

We've got a gamer.:) The last video game I played was probably SKATE. I think that was in 2009 when I got my Xbox 360. All i'm saying is no one would want me on their Halo team...
This mom rocks!
This is something I really admire about her parenting. On facebook she posted a hilarious picture of her son covered in chocolate. He had eaten I think ten cupcakes that morning and very cleverly moved a chair so he could reach the cupcakes...Literally a classic toddler moment. Well some lady on facebook told her she should punish him by making him wear one of those know...the ones that are like "I punched my brother so now I have to wear this sign". This picture was her response. Here is the text if it's a little hard to read. "My mommy knows that I am a TODDLER and I need to figure things out. She knows I am NOT  trying to be bad. I am not a bad boy!"    Yeah she is fierce. And she is very right...she had never created a rule about not eating cupcakes for breakfast so little Gabriel thought it was all good. He created a plan and was determined to get those cup cakes. He even cleaned up the wrapers :) Made me proud to know this mama.

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