I am so excited to share this post with you! As some of you may already know, I am a new mommy to my sweet son, Gabriel. He just turned six months old earlier this month and we decided to take our first family photos at Discovery Park in Seattle. The reason why I chose this location is because I love lighthouses. If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen a sneak peek of some of our pictures. I really love how they turned out and I hope you enjoy them too!
At first I was just going to publish a quick post to display our family photos but I gave it some thought and wanted to dig deeper and write about what I have learned about motherhood so far. It may come off as cheesy to some but it is meant to be spoken truly from my heart and show a different side of me that I don’t often show to people.
Motherhood is the greatest joy I have ever experienced.
It’s true when they say that being a mother brings so much joy to your life, the type of joy I’ve never known until I have experienced it on my own. It’s so unbelievable how a little person depends so much on me and makes me feel so special all the time. I enjoy every single moment with him and love watching him grow, although there are times I wish he didn’t grow so fast! His smile, laughter, and all the silly noises that he makes are always the highlight of my day.
Motherhood is hard no matter who you are.
I know we are living in an age where we tend to overshare our lives on social media. Fancy photo editing apps and filters can make it seem like you’re living in a fairy tale. I feel like a lot of people I know like to over glorify their lives and don’t like to admit how tough it is to be a mom. There are also the moms that like to shame other moms for doing things differently than them. I feel like I have to constantly tell myself that I’m doing the best that I can and that’s all that matters. What works for one person doesn’t always work for another.
Don’t compare my baby to other babies.
This can be a hard thing to avoid. Once again, people like to overshare their lives and it’s hard not to notice and compare how your baby measures up to others. All babies are different and reach milestones at different stages. I know that my son is healthy and doing well, and that’s what I need to focus on.
Take time to unplug.
If I had a dollar every time someone told me kids grow up fast and to enjoy every moment, I’d be rich! This is why I feel it is so important to unplug from cell phones, laptops, etc. and just cherish the time I get to spend with Gabriel. We go on a walk whenever it is nice out and he LOVES being outside and looking around. He gets so excited observing his surroundings and I love how he randomly looks up at me from his carrier with his big googly eyes! lol
At the end of the day, I’ll always have my family.
As a new mom, it’s normal to get lots of “advice” and criticism regarding every little thing you do, from how you feed your baby to how you change a diaper. I used to care about what others thought of me and let it stir my emotions up, and now I just don’t care! People who truly care about you will not belittle you for any reason. Instead, they will find ways to help you and encourage you to be the best you can be. At the end of the day, it’s just me and the two most important men in my life: my husband and my son. They are my world. They are my family.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and look at my family photos! I feel incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful husband and son who fills me with so much joy. If you have any thoughts you’d like to add on motherhood, please feel free to share them with me.
Maxi skirt: Old (similar here)
Maxi dress: Old from Shop Impressions (similar color maxi dress by them here)
Photographer: Michelle Douglas Photography