Yulia Pogodina Ambroiso
Grace E. Garcia
When did you know you were ready to have kids?
Yulia Pogodina: I just turned 30, broke free from a relationship that didn’t lead anywhere and was having the time of my life, getting ready to go to Burning Man with my close friend Kira and her Brazilian boyfriend. One month before Burning man Kira called me and said she had 2 pieces of news: one good and one bad one. The bad one was that they were not going to Burning Man with me. The good one was that she was pregnant with twins. When several months later the twins were born I was there at the hospital. I held them in my arms when they were only a couple hours old, and I never wanted to let them go. I witnessed my younger friend becoming a mother, and it changed me forever. Before that moment I never dreamt about having kids or even a family of my own. It was the first time ever that I experienced the desire to become a mother. 5 years later I had Leonardo.
What did you love more about pregnancy? Was it a difficult or an easy pregnancy?
Yulia: My pregnancy was a bliss, all stages of it. I never felt healthier and more beautiful. I also was at peace with myself and the world. My husband and I kept joking that I was what they call “hormonal” all my life, and when I got pregnant my hormones balanced out. Nothing could upset me, I felt so confident and empowered. I account my son’s happy personality to it – I do believe that the way we carry on our pregnancies lays out a base for our children’s character.
Dreaming of Leonardo
How did you give the news of your pregnancy to your husband? How did he take it?
Yulia: I was very nervous to tell him because we didn’t plan to have children at that time and we were not married yet. I remember holding my breath and looking him straight in the eyes when I blurted “I think I am pregnant”. But I saw happiness in his eyes when he heard the news. He hugged me tight, and I think he said something like “This is it”. We had our 1st wedding on the day that marked the end of the 1st trimester.
What was the day Leo was born like?
Yulia: Leonardo was born on a beautiful sunny Mother’s day Sunday of 2015. It was 7:50 am, the sun was shining through the window of my hospital room on East 16th street, in Manhattan and it felt like a dream…