In your own words, what does motherhood mean to you?
When I was pregnant, I thought motherhood would be peaceful and serene. I was going to be the Mom who had it together and made parenting look like a piece of cake! Boy, was I wrong? Motherhood is full of sacrifice, patience and lots of coffee. In the five weeks of being a Mom I’ve learned to take many deep breathes and call upon the wise when I need help or have questions. (The Grandma’s)
How Many Children Do You Have?
What are your must-have newborn baby items?
My number one must have is swaddles!! You can never have too many. There’s something about the swaddle that makes your wailing newborn go from screaming bloody murder to cooing a lullaby in your ear.
Tell us about the first days of bringing your baby home, the ups and the downs.
In the first days of having our baby Leo home, we had the greatest company of his great-grandmother visiting every day, and helping us care for him. Once the sun went down and it was just my husband and I the nights got a little rough. Feedings every two to three hours, diaper changes consisting of surprising fountains, and let’s not forget the crying that breaks your heart and ears at all hours of the night.
Did you bottle or breastfeed, what is your advice for new mothers?
I’m breastfeeding my baby boy. At first, it was quite a struggle. By the second night, I was ready to call it quits because he just couldn’t latch. I told myself to give him one more chance, and with the help of the nurses and lactation consultants, we eventually got it! My advice to other moms who wish to breastfeed is DO NOT GIVE UP, especially if it’s something you really want to do. It’s not only beneficial for the baby, but it’s also beneficial for you!
What are some of your most cherished memories of motherhood?
My favorite memory is watching Leo’s face while holding him, and seeing his little smirks pop up.
What most surprised you about motherhood?
How much energy it takes to be a Wonder Woman. You not only care for your child(ren), but you also have to care for your self.
What has been your greatest challenge in motherhood?
Remembering to sleep when the baby sleeps!
Has your style changed since becoming a mom?
More nursing friendly clothes.
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
Sleeping. I try to sleep every chance I get.
How has having a baby changed your relationship?
With little Leo in our lives, it has been harder to give attention to each other. We do try harder to make time for date nights. So we can get away and enjoy each other’s company.
Looking back to your first days of parents, what would you tell yourself?
Go and get a massage, and try to take a nap while you’re there.
What is your greatest joy in being a mother?
Getting to see my baby’s face and watching him hit his little milestones. I feel so proud to call him my own. I never thought I could have this much love for one person.
If you could give your child(ren) one piece of advice what would it be?
Don’t take life too seriously, enjoy the little things.
Tell us about your session and what the images mean to you.
My photographer, Kristal Bean, was truly a pleasure to work with. At our photo session, she was very calm and relaxed which helped me feel more at ease. I was a little tense before she got there, but that seemed to have melted away as she walked in with a warm smile and embrace. She made our poses feel so natural and pure. Now we will always have photos to cherish the birth of our first born.
Kristal Bean specializes in maternity, Fresh 48 and newborn photography in The Woodlands, TX. She loves celebrating the beauty of motherhood with other women and spoiling them with a luxury photography experience. Kristal and her husband, Jordan, have three daughters and one sweet golden retriever.
Kristal Bean Photography