Sammie Portillo

Sammie Portillo Mama Feature on Motherhood: Breaking the Looking Glass

Happy Monday! This week we have the pleasure of introducing you all to Sammie. She is a young mom to a her beautiful daughter, Zoey Grace. Sammie is a professional photographer and loves using her daughter as a model. She also loves the mermaid hairstyles and colors and pulls them off so well!

You can follow Sammie’s adventures through Motherhood along with her amazing photographs on Instagram.

She also has a lifestyle VLOG she updates often, subscribe to her VLOG too!

She took the time to answer our questions about her viewpoints into Motherhood and what is truly important for her. ❤

Our Q & A with Sammie:

1.Tell us a little about yourself, your child(ren), what you do for work and any hobbies you have.

I am a single mom to my 2 year old daughter, Zoey. She is my entire world and completes me in every way possible! Her dad is very much in the picture. He is very involved in her life, we have a great co-parenting relationship!

I am a photographer which is kind of mind blowing considering that photography has always been my favorite hobby, getting payed just feels like an amazing perk. I only wish I had started my photography business sooner! The best part about it is that I get to choose when I work and I get most of it all done at home so I can still be with my little one!

As far as hobbies, I enjoy working out and working on crafts, such as scrap booking and jewelry making. I also like projects that I can include my daughter in.

Sammie and Zoey

2. What would your pre-kid self think about you now if they had the chance to meet you?

My pre-kid self would probably be astonished and very concerned, I never thought I would have this life, not in a million years. Growing up I always envisioned myself working on a career first and then thinking about marriage and THEN starting a family. Things didn’t go nearly as planned but I believe everything happens for a reason! Zoey is the biggest blessing in my life and I wouldn’t change a thing.

3. What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of how far I’ve come since finding out I was expecting a baby at the young age of 19. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from my mother, she helped me start my own business and gave me the encouragement I needed to raise my daughter on my own. Zoey and I are now in our very own apartment and doing very well!

Sammie with her fab mermaid hair and Zoey together.

4. What is one thing you gave up after becoming a Mama, why?

One thing I gave up after becoming a Momma was finishing school. I gave up going because I had to focus on caring for my daughter and making money to support us both. Although I do plan on finishing up once she starts pre-school and I have more time.

5. What is one thing you do now that you SWORE you’d never do before becoming a parent?

One thing I swore I wouldn’t do after becoming a parent is sleeping in. I planned on having very busy days and getting a lots of work done early in the morning. That went out the window once my little one was born!

6. Tell us about your most rewarding moment in motherhood.

My most rewarding moment in motherhood…hmm that’s a tough one. There are so many, it’s hard to pick! I’d say probably the first time my daughter put a sentence together to say something sweet. For instance saying “I love you” or using her “please” and “thank you”s. It makes me happy to think that I’m raising a sweet polite girl.

Zoey and Sammie

7. Describe your most challenging moment in motherhood.

My most challenging moment was introducing discipline. I use the ‘time out’ method to discipline Zoey and at first I wasn’t sure if it was the way to go. I just knew that I wasn’t ready to try spanking or anything like that. The first time I put her in time out she seemed confused and I just didn’t know if she could understand what was going on, so I felt like I was just being mean to her. I can tell that she understands what time out is now but it was definitely a more difficult decision the first few times.

8. What do you do for only yourself now? If you don’t do something just for yourself now, why not?

The thing I do for only myself now is exercising. It relaxes me and helps with stress. Any chance I get I’m running to the gym!

9. What do you think you really good at with being a Mama?

With being a mom I’m really good at understanding my child, she may not be speaking full sentences yet but just the way she acts and her body language says a lot. I find it very easy to notice if she is uncomfortable or if she doesn’t feel well.

10. How did this questionnaire make you feel?

This questionnaire made me feel all sorts of emotions! Haha in a good way!

Sammie and Zoey together

Thank you Sammie for taking the time to answer our questions! ❤

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