Name: Jaclyn Diaz
Child & Age: Angel – 2 and a half years old.
Hometown/Current Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Quick Bio: I am a journalist, fashion blogger and the founder of InsideAccessTv. I graduated from Florida International University in 2011 and hold a BA in mass communications. I was born in Chicago, but raised in Miami, and 3 years ago I moved 25 mins north to one of Miami’s neighboring cities, Fort Lauderdale a.k.a The Venice of America. I’m the oldest of three (even though I look the youngest-ha), and I am very proud to be a part of Miami’s hispanic population. I love to dance, but I especially love to dance salsa. Like every other girl, I love fashion and shopping but I also love to save money, so I’m always on the hunt for the best deal. I also love food and I love to eat, which I guess makes me a foodie- a person who has an ardent interest for food. One of my favorite things to do on my down time (besides relax) is taking photographs of nature or of my son.
I worked at WSVN Channel 7 in Miami for five years and in 2012 I quit my job at the station and put my journalism career on hold to stay at home with my newborn son Angel. It was also the year I went to Vegas to marry my best friend and father to my son. For the last two and a half years, I have been a full-time mommy working part-time from home. As a freelance journalist I wanted to do something that would help jump start my career and allow me to do what I love without restrictions. I decided I would start my own online entertainment show, InsideAccesstv.com. It’s an online web show that gives viewers an inside access to South Florida’s current trends, fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment. Please follow us on instagram; insideaccesstv or like our page, insideaccesstv.com. Your likes and support are truly appreciated.
Q: What’s your most memorable Mommy moment to date?
A: One of the most memorable moments I’ve had to date is when I gave birth and held my son for the first time. I remember I was in the ‘zone’, eyes shut so tight I was seeing black, still pushing, when the doctor laid him on my chest. It happened so quickly that It took me a few seconds to realize that the agony was over. I remember looking at him in disbelief and tears of joy crawling down my face. I couldn’t believe this was my baby and that he was finally here and in my arms. I remember his barely opened eyes looking at me and I at him, his pale pink wrinkled finger holding mine and whispering “hi baby, I’m your mommy” to him. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him and I couldn’t stop kissing him. It was the most beautiful moment of my life and I will ever forget how my little Angel made me and everyone else around us feel.
Q. What is your “go to” snack/toy/show/trick when your kids start to fuss?
A: My go to snack when Angel starts to fuss up is a lollipop. He loves them and will practically do anything I ask of him for one. I know it’s not the healthiest snack but it works. He gets what he wants and I get him to sit still for a few minutes. Besides, don’t you remember how much you loved candy and lollipops when you were a kid?!
Q. As a Mommy what is it that you feel you do “right”?
A: What I feel I am doing right is how I am educating Angel. I have been a hands-on mother from the beginning. I try to integrate flashcards, letters, shapes, music, art and a lot of outdoor exploring as part of our daily routine. Before Angel was two, he knew his shapes, three colors and could sing the alphabet all the way to G. I pride myself in what I have accomplished with my son at such a young age. It’s reassurance that I’m doing something right.
Q. What is your favorite piece of advice to new Moms?
My favorite piece of advice to new moms is to talk to your baby. It doesn’t matter how young they are. Talk to them as if he/she knew what you were talking about. I almost feel like Morgan Freeman because I’ve been narrating everything for Angel since he was a baby. I know it sounds crazy and you probably will look crazy doing it. But I really feel that it has helped Angel develop his vocabulary. I explain and describe everything to him. Where we’re going, what we’re doing. What ever you feel like talking to your baby about, do it. It’s so easy for our little ones to understand the world around them if you help explain it.