Meet a #Mother - Sara Garza
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your family.
I am Sara Garza, mama to Ezra who is seven months old and wife to Rocky! Rocky and I have been married for seven years and we live in Oak Cliff (Dallas) with Ezra and our goldendoodle, Samson. We have photographed weddings as our full time jobs for the past seven years, but after having a baby and our lives moving in all kinds of directions, we are starting to venture out to new exciting things!
What are three daily things you can’t live without?
Coffee, Topo Chico, & wine. Is it weird it's all drinks?
If you could go back and visit yourself the year you became a mom, what would you tell yourself? What kind of encouragement or wisdom do you wish you had at that time?
Well, Ezra is seven months old, so I don't know how wise I have become in that short amount of time! I think I would say just do what works for you and your family. Everyone can give you their opinions and tell you what's "right" and "wrong", but everyone is different, every baby is different, every recovery is different and on and on.
What is something you strive to be intentional about? As a mother, how do you accomplish that in your day-to-day?
I try as hard as I can to be intentional about praying everyday. It's hard because I feel like I have a million things on my mind - Ezra, doing laundry, editing photos, making lunch, cleaning the house, sending emails while he naps among so many other tasks...but I want to make sure I am taking time to pray for Ezra and our family even if it's just for 5 minutes while I am feeding him. Along with that, I try to be intentional about playing with him while he is awake and reminding myself that housework can wait.
What does your daily routine look like? Is there any one thing that you check off your list that makes your day a success?
We wake up and all eat breakfast together and then Rocky goes to work (he has another personal development business he started). Ezra gets a good morning nap in, and then it's go-time. That kid is my sidekick! We go see friends, take dad lunch, have play dates, go to swim class, play outside...anything to get out of the house for a little bit. It's more to keep me sane than him. Rocky comes home from work, we eat dinner together, and then he gives Ezra a bath and puts him to bed. I would count my day a success if I get out of the house, which is most days. But if I don't get out of the house, it's fine. Sometimes we need downtime too.
What has been your best #mothermoment?
We went on vacation when Ezra was five months to the redwoods in California and stayed in a little cabin. Rocky and I have always been big travelers, and there were lots of special moments on that trip. We would be driving along the windy tree-lined roads with the windows down and he would be jabbering in his carseat, or we would go to the beach and watch the sunset over the ocean and I would think, "This is what I hoped would happen, that we would just take Ezra along with us on our adventures."
What was the worst? How did you handle it?
Oh by far the worst moments were in the few weeks after birth. I had some issues arise after giving birth to Ezra and breastfeeding was SO hard for a while and then I had mastitis for four weeks...I could go on but you don't want to hear about it. Anyway, with my emotions haywire, I would say I didn't handle it very well. BUT, Rocky was literally the most wonderful husband and did lots of things he probably has never wanted to do which I will be FOREVER grateful for.
What is your mother motto?
A read this somewhere and it stuck with me..."You can't pour out of an empty cup." Take care of yourself, take time for yourself, keep doing things you enjoy and need.
If you had a day to yourself how would you spend it + why?
I would go get coffee somewhere and read for a while. I would go out to the lake and take my kayak or hike around a little bit just to be out away from anyone. I would end the day getting wine or dinner with some girlfriends, maybe going to a movie. Just chill.
If you could share one thing with our community of mothers, what would it be?
Don't beat yourself up. You are doing the best you can, Mama! Stop busying yourself and take moments to just soak up what is happening around you.