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."