I know it’s been a whole year and some change since I’ve posted content on here and not only that, since I’ve posted something personal. I wanted to give you an update on where I’ve been and where the future lies for Danii Gold.
If you’ve been living under a rock or don’t follow me on my socials, I’m a new mommy to a handsome, sweet, energetic, fearless baby boy named Xaylen. He’s 1 years-old now (not so much a baby anymore).
To say that I’ve been busy and focused on him would be an understatement. Motherhood is truly a journey filled with ups and downs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled symptoms and questions in the past 16 months lol. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ve probably been wondering…(or not)
Honestly, it wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t have morning sickness, nausea, anything. My only complaint was getting up every 2 hours in the middle of the night to use the bathroom but of course, that comes with the pregnancy lol. Towards the end, I didn’t experience contractions, just some kicking in my ribs from time to time.
Due to my son being so big, I had a scheduled c-section a week before my due date. On April 15th, I was blessed with a 9lb 13ounce baby boy. If I would’ve waited until my due date, he would have absolutely been 10 EASILY.
Postpartum & Breastfeeding:
Everything was and still is new. As you know, you don’t get a manual from the hospital, family, or friends on how to be a mother. It’s literally a learn-as-you-go experience. Of course, if you’re unsure about things you ask around and even Google questions and facts. I definitely sought for answers for everything. On top of all that, I was breastfeeding– well 40% breastfeeding and 60% supplementing with liquid formula. Since I wasn’t producing enough milk, my baby needed to eat so formula it was. While getting adjusted to motherhood, I would forget to eat. In order to produce enough milk, you need to A) Have your baby latch on and/or B) Pump, and C)….EAT. I was doing half the work and expecting a full result. I was stressing out and my emotions were getting the best of me. BREASTFEEDING IS NOT FOR THE WEAK.
Eventually, after about 4-5 months, I decided to close the boob shop and only give my son formula. That lifted a weigh off my shoulders but knowing what I know now, I would do it again with my next child and try to tough it out a little longer.
What About the website and Podcast?
During this transition into Motherhood, I put Danii Gold, the site and Podcast, in the back seat and started a new podcast with my cousin and best friend titled Black Millennial Mamas. This podcast was benefitual at the time because I was the new mom out the bunch and was detailing my experiences in real time, all while getting advice from my cousin who has 8 year-old twin boys and a 2 year old daughter; and my best friend has a son who’s 6 months older than my son.
I feel like my passion shfted because my main goal was/is to provide for my son. At my day job, I started out as a full time, 6 month temp with potential to become permanent. After those 6 months I was offered a part-time permanent part-time, which I was grateful for because I knew eventually I would become a full time permanent employee. After 6 months, God came thru for your girl, a position opened up and I took it. I knew that I needed something solid and whatever “passions” and “hobbies” I had on the side that weren’t making me money, I needed to pause it; and that’s what I did with my site and The Danii Gold Podcast.
Right now, I’m at the point where I don’t know if I still have 100% passion for the entertainment news industry; I may be leaning towards the Lifestyle and Motherhood content. Soooooo, what I’m doing is this: I’m going to bring Danii Gold back for a year, blog podcast, interviews, etc. If after a year I feel passionate and successful enough to continue, I will do so. If I don’t feel that passion anymore, it’ll probably be the last of “Danii Gold.”
So for now, enjoy the upcoming content on my social media pages, this site and interviews on the podcast AND make sure you subscribe, and follow my other podcast Black Millennial Mamas.
Thank you again for your support.