I've been thinking a lot about motherhood lately (so many maternity and newborn shoots this spring!), and how entering into it changes something deep in your soul. Growing up, my little sister Jill was totally MY baby – I did anything and everything I could to help my mom with her, until the day Jill was old enough to tell me to stop mothering her, haha. I've always wanted to be a mom first. Motherhood is more than just a part of me — it lives deep in my core, changing my perspective on almost everything in life. To calm a crying baby, to help a tired, overwhelmed parent, to squeeze and snuggle and kiss the top of a newborn's head (sometimes I can't help it, though I promise I'll try!). It's instinctual, it's magical.
I believe the instinct to protect, to feel, to empathize, and to love HARD on someone doesn't have to come with the birth of a baby, but is within us all already. It's being a good samaritan, being there when a friend needs you, and standing up for someone who can't stand up for themselves. Currently, for me, it's slowing down to listen to my daughter to help her sound out what she's asking for, finding a preschool for the fall that will help expand her little heart and mind, and picking up the extra slack around the house when my husband has to work late. It's reaching a little further than is comfortable, and letting that service to others fill up your soul.
BUT! I digress. Lindsey and Jesus are already amazing parents, as I witnessed at their daughters' newborn session a few weeks ago. It's truly magical stepping into a home with a newborn (or two) inside, with sleepy parents and all of the new baby equipment freshly unpacked and strewn about the house. Their smiles are just so genuine and full of love. They're experiencing a new chapter unfolding, and through all of the diaper changes and late-night feedings, they smile. And maybe cry a little here and there too because, newborns.
Isabella & Mariana were born on April 5th and they are just gorgeous. One looks like her mama, the other, more like dad. Both are just so sweet, so tiny, and are loved so, so much! Plus, check out their nursery!
P.S. Check out Lindsey's maternity session.