Motherhood is everything and the only thing. Once you have children nothing else matters. You become a guardian, a hero, a shoulder to cry on, a caregiver, amongst so many other things. It’s dirty, it’s messy, but it is everything.
How Many Children Do You Have?
What are your must-have kid items?
Dreft Stain Remover, Mrs Meyers Clean Day in Lemon Verbena, and snacks!
Tell us about what each one of your children has taught you about life, love, and motherhood.
My oldest, Bowen, has taught me so much about so many things. He’s so kind and good-hearted. Sometimes I find myself looking up to him. Almost like Bowens the one thats really teaching me. Sloanes my middle child, and also my wild child. I see so much of myself in her; her sass, her sense of humor, and her goofy ways. In today’s world, it gets easy to feel inadequate, but I look at her and all of the similarities that we share, and she’s still perfect! Sloane has taught me not only to be myself but also to love myself. And then there’s Pecas (or Pey), she’s one and the youngest. She was a surprise and she came at a time that I thought couldn’t be any worse. However, God has a way of reminding you how little you actually know. Pey has brought our family together in ways that are indescribable. She is the missing piece that I never knew was missing.
How has having children changed your relationship? Any suggestions on how to keep the marriage/relationship alive?
Prior to children, we were both young and carefree. We knew nothing about life. Having children and creating unforgettable memories has given us so much. My best word of advice, is to never stop dating, even if you’re married with three kids, there is always time to do something considerate for your spouse. It always goes a long way.
What are some of your most cherished memories of motherhood?
That first smile! It takes about a month or so for a baby to begin smiling, but once they do. You’ll never forget it.
What most surprised you about motherhood?
It is hard! Everyone always talks about how great being a mother is, how rewarding it is, or how in love with their children they are. Which, that all is very true, but you hear a lot less of the stresses that come with it. In just 10 minutes of my day, I will split up a fight, save a life from death by jumping off the couch, re-dress 2 out of the 3 kids for the 5th time, and have to explain why we don’t live in a castle. And that’s only 10 minutes.
What has been your greatest challenge in motherhood?
My greatest challenge in motherhood has been patience. You have to have patience with everything, and I’m talking about when you’re late for church, because you spent 30 minutes with your daughter who insisted on wearing a Cinderella gown, kinda patience.
Has your style changed since becoming a mom?
My style has basically stayed the same. I still like to get dolled up from time to time. However, I have incorporated a lot more comfy-clothes.
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
Nothing beats a hot bath. I swear it’s a solve all. If I’m sick- hot bath, if I’m tired- hot bath, if I need a break- lock the doors and hot bath!
Do you have a family tradition that you are passing onto your child(ren)?
Saying your prayers! My mother was a single mother of two with little to no help. However, she always managed to give baths, make sure we were fed, loved on, and that our prayers were said. However small that tradition may seem, it has gotten me through so much.
How do you manage to keep all of the plates spinning? What helps you juggle motherhood?
Grandmas! Well, that, or my google calendar.
What is your greatest joy in being a mother?
The joy itself. There has been so many times when I’ve had a hard day, but when I come home to those three little smiles, I forget the world.
If you could give your child(ren) one piece of advice what would it be?
Keep your head up! Sometimes life is hard— very hard, and at times you may feel like it is all crashing down around you, but the power of confidence, positivity, and prayer, even if it’s not how you feel, can get you far!
About your photographer.
She is simply the best! She’s kind-hearted, dedicated, and very talented. She took our pictures a while back and I still have people reaching out to me about who photographed us and how to get ahold of her.
MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Hello! My name is Jaime and I am a 26 year young photographer from Salado, TX! I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2013 with a Bioenvironmental Science degree and currently live in Houston with my husband, Jeremiah, as he attends Chiropractic School. I first started photography in 2016 and have been loving life ever since! My favorite things are my family, fur baby, food, photography and traveling.