About This Blog

There are many ways to document childhood memories. Baby books are the ideal traditional approach. I've also heard of some newer, more modern ideas, like creating an email address for your child and sending notes until you give the kid the password on their 18th birthday. Of course, photographs and videos are a wonderful option as well.

I wanted to give you a combination of all of the above. A blog seemed like a no-brainer since I've always loved to write. It's probably my second favorite creative outlet, behind dancing of course, even though I'm notorious for using way, yes way, too many commas. I began my blogging career (career? hobby?) years ago with a little food blog called Cooking for Gringas. Your daddy and I were dating, and I wanted to learn how to make the delicious foods that your culture is nice enough to share with white people like me. It was fun while it lasted, but it was set aside when I was invited to blog about our wedding for a site called Weddingbee. It was an incredible experience and even though I was only writing for them for about a year, I made friendships that have endured to this day. After the wedding, I took my Weddingbee audience to my own blog, Dr. Princess. I wrote about Atlanta, food, DIY projects, random life experiences...it was a lot of fun, but I had some difficulty finding a central theme. Eventually, I put all of my writing on hiatus to focus on reading - 22 textbooks and 137 articles, that is, while I studied to become a board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy. I missed writing, and that combined with my love for you led me back to the world of blogging.

Why "Love & Broccoli?" Well, I suppose it's a mom's job to give tons of unsolicited advice. As I'm writing this, I haven't advised you on anything yet because I haven't met you yet, but I can already anticipate that most of this advice will revolve around two themes. Your daddy and I strongly believe that love is the most important thing in the entire world. I cannot overstate this. Everything you do and every decision you make will come down to this. Loving yourself will build your confidence and allow you to be resilient when life inevitably goes awry. Loving those around you and doing things out of love will always come back to you, even if it's not in the way you expect at first. And as for the broccoli, well, health is important. Your mommy believes in eating well and exercising, and would be a big old hypocrite if she didn't! If you're celebrating something, you grab that burger and beer! If it's a holiday, bake your little heart out! But when you're down, turn to cleaner foods and a good workout; you'll be amazed by how much better you feel. And luckily for you, your mommy makes a killer roasted broccoli.

I created this blog so that I could write to you about everything you do from the mundane to the monumental. Your daddy and I are brand new at this parenting thing, and I thought it'd be fun to recap everything we screw up and everything we learn along the way. I hope that this will be a fun journey for your friends and family members to follow, and I hope it's even more fun to look back on someday.

{your mommy and daddy FaceTiming with your abuela when we first told her about you}

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