Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mommy, Did You Know?

I am a photographer of kids by profession, but I am, first and foremost, mom to a beautiful little girl named Cecilia.

Self Portrait at 35 weeks
My husband and I began our journey as parents back in February 2015 when we moved into our first home together and found out that I was pregnant. After a check-up with my OB-GYN, I immediately downloaded "What to Expect When You're Expecting" on my iPad, subscribed to the Baby Center mobile app, joined a few mommy forums, was given books by my sister-in-law on pregnancy and parenting, and went through the motions of pregnancy. I did and didn't do everything my doctor told me, and then some from books and apps. I got advice from my friends who had children ahead of me and even took some classes on breastfeeding and child birth.

I was what you would call a diligent first time mom who did everything by the book, who was afraid to make mistakes, who wanted everything perfect for her first child, and yet I didn't really know what I was doing. It was a series of ups and downs, thankfully, mostly ups. I was blessed to have a relatively easy pregnancy.

Our First Family Photo
On October 16, 2015, our baby Cecilia was born. She was unconditional love at first sight. Her arrival was the greatest blessing my husband and I could ever have. And while I had some idea of what I should be doing, I really had no idea where to begin. But I learned along the way.

When I look back at my pregnancy and going through post partum (and as I still go through my journey as a mom), there are many things I wish I knew or I wish someone had told me that would have made life much easier. Others would tell me that I am harsh with myself, that I am doing fine, that I should just go with the flow. And so I write this blog to share my stories, experiences, products I liked and disliked, to help other moms, like you, understand the changes and emotions you are going through.

I saw a quote somewhere that I would like to share, "There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one."

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