For the first time in my life, I’m an undecided voter. I shared some of my personal concerns about Trump and Clinton in a piece for Refinery29.


Via Refinery29:

Though Election Day is less than three months away, I still don’t know whom I will support for president. That wouldn’t be so surprising if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve spent most of my adult life working in Republican politics. I’ve helped direct millions of dollars and hundreds of volunteers to sway undecided voters while working for several GOP candidates, including for three Republican presidential campaigns. In 2012, I worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC). And that fall, I joined Mitt Romney’s presidential team.

But now, for the first time in my life, I am one of those undecided voters I once courted.

I’m a woman, a new mom, a wife, and a proud Hispanic American, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and a Cuban political refugee. Above all, I am an American who believes in the importance of getting involved in our nation’s democracy. Yet, given that this election seems like a bad joke, I am not surprised by the growing apathy surrounding it.

The things that Donald Trump has said and done make me uneasy and physically uncomfortable. Trump’s reckless language about women, Hispanics, refugees, and immigrants, as well as his attacks on religion and his recurring assaults on fellow Republicans make me feel like he is taking my vote for granted.

Introducing Santino Antonio Agen, weighing in at 10.6 pounds and stretching 22.5 inches. He was born today June 11 at 2:11pm. Nurses are stopping by our room just to see his enormous size! And Jarrod is already on the phone with Major League scouts. Thanks for all the prayers, thoughts, & well wishes. Love Bettina, Jarrod, and Little (big) Santino

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A few weeks ago I went to a “moms-to-be” party at a local Miami baby store called Tutti Bambini. Greeted with smiling faces, happy helpers and every baby product I didn’t know I needed, I joined in all the festivities with lots of other very pregnant soon to be mommies.

During the festivities I was lucky enough to win a mini-maternity shoot with the store’s photography studio – Tutti Bambini Photography. Thank you so much to Cristina and the entire team for making the experience so special.

Here are some photos from the shoot.
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I’ve gotten a lot of “new mom” advice over the last few weeks – solicited and unsolicited, but all well meaning.

As a first time mom I am always searching for information before I jump head first into this life changing uncharted territory called parenthood. So when I saw this video, I couldn’t help but think…..que cute! So of course, I wanted to share.

Some of the advice includes, “Make room for baby,” to “take time for yourself,” and this tear jerker, “The one thing you can’t understand and prepare for, that you’re not going to know until you experience it, is all the love. Be prepared to love something more than you ever thought you could.”

h/t Huff Post

We went in for an ultrasound during the 31st week of pregnancy excited to get a new view of our growing baby boy. Being first time parents makes everything more exciting, thrilling and scary and anything that will give us a better understanding of what is happening “in there” makes the parenting butterflies a little less intense.

The last ultrasound we did was during our 20th week of pregnancy when the doctor’s reconfirmed we were going to have a boy.

So we were pleasantly surprised to get these amazing and vivid pictures of our little man. (and his cute little face!!) I was really not prepared to hear that he was in the 90th percentile of growth and likely to weight about eight or nine pounds at birth. I knew I had a big boy. I didn’t know I was growing a giant baby! AY!!!

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He is precious!! He has a full head of hair and likes to keep his hands by his face, just like a little boxer.

Everyone who has seen this photo have commented on one thing, how much he looks like his father, Jarrod! I guess we will see soon enough.

This is the 27th week of our pregnancy with Baby Agen. Apparently, he is the size of a head of cauliflower, which means he is about 2 pounds and around 14.5 – 15 inches long with his legs extended.

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Given that the last few sonograms had him measuring two weeks bigger than average, I think this kid is way bigger. I can no longer see my feet! We still have about 89 days in the #CountdownToBabyAgen