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Meet Southern Mother Emily M. With Beautiful Lifestyle Newborn Photos
In your own words, what does motherhood mean to you?
It has been more joy (and more worry) than I have ever known. I immediately will do absolutely anything to keep my baby happy and healthy.
What are your must-have newborn baby items?
Sleep sacks for easy swaddling, rock n play, gripe water and gas drops, boppy pillow, breast pump, onesies with the built in flip down mittens.
Tell us about the first days of bringing your baby home, the ups and the downs
It is amazing to immediately fall into the Mom roll of caring for your sweet tiny baby. I loved spending my days soaking up the tininess, him falling asleep on my chest like a tree frog, and kissing those cheeks. Even waking up to feed him in the middle of the night wasn’t so bad because I got to scoop him up and hold him. But the unknown and the worry is what’s hard. Not knowing why they are so fussy and spending way too much time with Dr. Google in the middle of the night were the hard parts.
Did you bottle or breastfeed, what is your advice for new mothers?
Breastfeed. My friend told me that breastfeeding is the most unnatural natural thing in the world and it is so true. It takes a lot of commitment and sometimes a lot of struggle. There is so much for both you and the baby to figure out with latching, plus it is can be stressful to keep up supply and know if he is getting enough. If there is any doubt about your baby’s latch or effectiveness breastfeeding go see a lactation consultant sooner rather than later and call them whenever you need to!
What are some of your most cherished memories of motherhood?
Every day is still something new and wonderful. He is only 3 months old and I just live for every smile and laugh!
What most surprised you about motherhood?
So. Much. To worry about. I knew I’d worry but I had no idea how much! Google can make things worse so call your mom or whomever you trust instead.
What has been your greatest challenge in motherhood?
To find a balance between trusting myself and my doctor and all the different advice you get. There is so much to worry about and it can be overwhelming to try to do everything perfectly.
Has your style changed since becoming a mom?
Just wear less makeup, more natural and quick face.
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
TV, husband, and our 2 dachshunds. Remembering to spend time like we used to.
How has having a baby changed your relationship?
I now find love and endearment for my husband when he cares for our baby. It’s like I need to see that to be happy in our relationship now. It’s also challenging to remember to talk to eachother like before and not only telling each other what needs to be done with the baby, chores, etc.
Looking back to your first days of parents, what would you tell yourself?
Everything is temporary! For some reason, everything seems like it will be forever, but it changes to the next stage so quick so don’t get too wrapped up in the struggle of nighttime cluster feeding or gassiness or whatever the current worry of the moment is because of it all ends and changes quickly.
What is your greatest joy in being a mother?
Seeing my baby happy is everything.
If you could give your child one piece of advice what would it be?
Trust yourself and don’t change for other people.
Tell us about your session and what the images mean to you.
Emily was amazing and so great with Dalton and our 2 dachshunds! I wish I could have her photograph every few months of his life because these pictures are so wonderful.
Meet the photographer:
Hi, I’m Emily! I’m a wife, a mama, a photographer. I love catching those moments that only come around once and seem to go too quickly: engagements, weddings, expanding bellies & growing families. Most days you’ll find me chasing my two little ones with a coffee cup in hand.
I cherish photos because they capture one split second in time and remember it for us. The curve of your little boy’s smile, the way your baby girl sleeps with one arm behind her head, the tilt of your body as you balance a toddler on your hip. These are the photos you’ll hold in your hands a week, a year, a decade from now and be grateful that they remember for you.
I love soft, bright color & images that brim with joy and life. Give me a call. Shoot me an email. Let’s chat and start planning a session that’s all your own!