Gift of life

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Breanna Tolley gave birth to her first child Thursday. Tolley said she thought she was ready for motherhood until she saw her daughter, Cambree Tolley.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Thinking of Mother’s Day always meant thinking about someone else for Breanna Tolley.

Until Thursday night.

At 8:19 p.m., Tolley gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Cambree Tolley. After four years of trying to get pregnant, and two weeks before Tolley and her husband, Sam, were going to turn to in vitro fertilization, Tolley discovered she was pregnant.

“She came just in time. It was a rough road getting here, but we did it,” Tolley, 22, said as she cradled her baby in her room at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Tolley and her husband have been married for five years and both have always wanted a family, she said.

“I think I want one more, but (Sam) wants 12,” she said.

Tolley was born in Tucumcari and grew up in Logan. As a child, Tolley had little contact with her mother, making Mother’s Day a non-subject at home.

“Now that it’s my turn, I’m going to make sure I have a family for my kids. Even if something happened and me and my husband broke up, we’ve already decided that it wouldn’t come between each of us and our kids,” the new mother said. “It’s just too hard.”

Entering into motherhood was something Tolley said she was ready for. At least she thought so.

“I thought I was ready until I saw her,” Tolley said. “I think being a mom is so special.”

Besides general jitters, Tolley said she’s excited about the experience of motherhood.

“Her dad thinks she’s going to be a race car driver and I want her to be a rodeo girl. There’s no telling, but she’ll be busy,” she said.

Two doors down, Emily Jaramillo was resting after giving birth to her second child. Her son, Jayven Jaramillo, was born May 3, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces. Jaramillo said she loves being a mom and that it’s a rewarding experience.

“Just seeing them smile. I love making my daughter laugh,” the 26-year-old mother said.

Jaramillo’s two-year-old daughter Briana is excited to have a little brother, Jaramillo said. Jaramillo said Mother’s Day is important because moms forget to take care of themselves.

“Being a mom is a full time job and you don’t have time to think about yourself. You’re responsible for the lives of your children and nothing else is as important as that, not even yourself. It’s nice to have our own day,” she said.

Jaramillo said the most important thing a mother can give her children is love.

“We won’t have a normal life. I’m a single working mom with two kids. But I can be a mom and a dad for my kids,” she said.