What does motherhood mean to you?
Motherhood is messy, but my goodness, it is more beautiful than anything I’ve ever experienced. It is extending an abundance of love and grace for both your child and yourself.
In your own words, tell us about being pregnant, the mother you have become while carrying new life, and how it’s changed you.
Pregnancy is so amazing. Don’t get me wrong – there are some tough nights of no rest from being so uncomfortable and getting up every hour to go to the bathroom – but how lucky am I to have carried a precious life for 9 months and watch her be born as a healthy baby girl?
Did you find out the gender of your baby? Is there a name picked out yet?
We found out the gender around 12 weeks through DNA testing and already had her name picked out before we even knew we were having a girl! We always said if we had a little girl she would be named after my late grandmother – Lily Jade.
What are your must-have pregnancy items?
A body pillow (boppy) to fight off aches at night and a husband who is willing to give some foot rubs after a long work day.
How did you find out you were expecting?
After the first month of trying, I was too excited to wait. On the day I was supposed to start and hadn’t, I immediately went home and took a test. And then another, and another until I could trust that the positive sign and words pregnant were in fact real life!
How did you tell the father?
Once I trusted the tests (after about 5 positive ones) I Made a homemade bow and wrapped them in it and put them on our mantel. When my husband got home from work, I had a small chalkboard hanging on our dog that said “I’m going to be a big brother”. As soon as he walked in, our dog went running to him and he picked him up confused. The second he had time to comprehend the chalkboard, the waterworks broke loose and he never even made it over to the mantel.
What are some of your most cherished memories of your child and do you plan on passing down any southern traditions?
I am such a believer in establishing and carrying on family traditions. Holiday traditions and precious family traditions are some of my fondest memories of my childhood and I have all intentions of being sure the same goes for my daughter and future children.
What most surprised you about pregnancy?
I am a nurse and work in a public healthcare setting. The thing that surprised me most was how many strangers would come up and touch my belly without even knowing me or saying anything first! I felt like I was used as a Buddha belly for good luck. But to be honest, it didn’t bother me. I know most people were just sharing in my excitement and I appreciated that.
What has been your greatest challenge being pregnant?
The unknown. Since it was my first pregnancy, it left much room for worry because I never knew if the little pains I felt were normal or if not feeling her move for so long was okay. There was something new that worried me every week it seemed. I just wanted to know that she was always healthy.
What is your greatest joyful memory of being pregnant?
Some of my favorite moments of pregnancy were feeling those first BIG movements of my little girl. I also loved organizing all of her stuff in the nursery before her arrival. My husband and I would just sit on the nursery floor staring and reading baby books.
Can you share with our mommies where you purchased the items you wore for your maternity session?
Did you have any pregnancy cravings or aversions?
I craved fruit smoothies (and let’s be honest – they were about all I could keep down the first trimester) and Mexican food
Do you have any favorite maternity items you couldn’t live without?
My boppy body pillow was a MUST to get any sort of sleep the third trimester!
Tell us about your photography session.
Karen Stone has such a genuine heart and love for what she does. She captured our love and personalities so beautifully and made us feel like family while doing so. We now have her take our little girl’s milestone photos and do our family sessions and I am so thankful to be able to have these beautiful memories that she snaps forever!
Hi! I am a fun-loving, excitable chatter box, and I love getting to know new people! I am known for my laugh, and my husband always has an audience of at least one for his dad-jokes. I have two left feet and I would forget EVERYTHING if it weren’t for a calendar and post-it notes. My love language is words of affirmation, hands-down. I never made the cheer squad in high school, but I am a cheerleader and advocate for those around me.