Ever heard people say to expecting moms, "you'll just know what to do?" Though it may seem like a switch is flipped at birth and we instantly kick into mom-mode, the 10 months you spend carrying your baby serve as the perfect transition, readying you for the moment you meet your little one. Truly, from the second you learn you're pregnant the changes begin; some subtle, some not so subtle. Caffeine and alcohol are the first to go, nitrates, then the skin care regimen, the desire to eat organic foods, etc. From the moment you realize that you're responsible for building a human, you're a mom. True that until your baby arrives, you haven't spent sleepless nights cradling a crying baby. You haven't felt the excitement and fear of driving your infant home to start anew in your new role as parents in your old home as a couple. The sacrifices that as women we're so fortunate to endure to create a life are certainly nothing, if not motherly. Expecting moms who spend months on bed rest so their babies have the best chance of survival, moms who spend months with HG, struggling to keep food down so their babies can grow, moms who struggle with depression as their hormones wreak havoc on their minds, moms who struggle with fertility treatments to have the opportunity to create life, the list goes on. Whatever road you walk in your pregnancy, you're walking it as a mom.
The word pregnant is defined as "full of meaning; significant or suggestive." Pregnancy is purpose. Pregnancy is hope and fear rolled into one. Pregnancy is strength and beauty; mental and physical strength, strong nails, luscious locks, full lips and the most beautiful glow. It was one of my most favorite times in my life. I truly felt content with myself, happy with my body despite the changes and 25 lbs. A growing belly meant a growing baby and that was an amazing feeling. Pregnancy was for me, a moment that restored my faith in humanity. Doors were opened, strangers took interest, initiated conversation and there was a general feeling of warmth that radiated on the outside of my little bubble.
Mother's Day is tomorrow. Maureen and all the expecting mamas, I hope you're celebrating this amazing time in your motherhood journey. It's the beginning of a road you'll be on for the rest of your life. Forget mom jeans and minivans (unless you're into that), motherhood is amazing. It's the hardest and most rewarding job you'll ever have. You'll sleep less, love more, find great dry shampoo, under eye concealer/brightener and the fountain of youth by way of Amore Pacific or Tata Harper.
Happy Mother's Day to ALL the mothers and especially those who are making sacrifices every day to create a healthy baby. No matter where you are on your journey, the best is yet to come (just ask my mom who is OVER THE MOON as a grandma).
Enjoy these images of the gorgeous Maureen, who completely rocked her session in Newport, RI.
If this has inspired you to think of yourself or someone who is pregnant as a mom today, here are some ideas of ways to celebrate:
- Set up an email for your child and write a note from you to bebe on your first mother's day or, write a card or a note to bebe and put it away.
- Ask your husband/partner to take some maternity photos of you, or book a maternity session with a photographer (I know one ;)
- Get (or book) a prenatal massage or facial
- Treat yourself some great natural, non-toxic skin care, I love the two brands referenced above
- Invest in some great nursing bras, I love this one.
- Treat yourself to some cheap and chic flowers that will brighten your home. Carnations are surprisingly cheery and last forever.'
- CALL YOUR MOTHER (and thank her!)
<3 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! <3