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Welcomed into Motherhood

I’m back!

It’s been six weeks since my last post, but for good reason! Our little wildflower made her grand entrance into the world on October, 19th. And our lives have changed in the best ways.

Emerson Hazel Scott has brought more joy, love and contentment into our little world than we ever thought possible. From the moment I heard her little cry, my whole being overflowed with inexplainable joy.

All those cliche things people tell you before you have a baby: “There’s nothing like parenthood”, “You’ll never be the same again”, “Holding your baby is the best feeling in the world”.

It’s all true. Every bit of it.

I know this is all old news to all you seasoned parents out there, but the newness of this crazy thing called “motherhood” has not worn off yet for me.

And I’m not quite sure it ever will. ❤

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The waiting…

The tiny frilly dresses are hung in the closet. The flowery onesies are washed and folded. The tiny pink socks are tucked away in their drawer. The diapers are sorted. The baby swings and soothers are assembled. The bottles are sterilized and stored.

And now we wait.

As the impulse to nest fades and my energy levels wane, the anxious anticipation of meeting our little wildflower grows stronger and stronger.

I’ve never had patience. It’s the fruit of the spirit I most struggle with. But nothing prepared me for the impatience of waiting for something that means as much to me as my daughter does. As her little kicks and flutters fill my belly, her future fills my mind. She’s all I think about, day and night. What will she look like? What will she be like? Will she have her daddy’s dimples? What will she be when she grows up? On and on and on…into the wee hours of the morning I think about this little girl and practice patience like I never have before.

The Lord has taught me a thing or two about patience in these final, uncomfortable days of waiting. Romans 12:12 runs through my mind over and over as I lay awake each night:

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

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Maternity Photos

We’ve been saving in preparation of my maternity leave. After crunching the numbers, there just wasn’t a lot of wiggle room in the baby budget for professional maternity photos. While this was disappointing to me, it didn’t discourage me from getting some anyway!

I do have a degree in photography, after all. 😉

So, I ordered this wireless remote for my Nikon D610, bought a pretty outfit (deets below), and waited for the natural lighting in the nursery to be just right. *Sidenote: the nursery is my favorite room in the house because the lighting from the west and north facing windows is gorgeous throughout the day!*

I’m happy with how they turned out. Nothing fancy, but at least I’ll have these to look back on someday to remember this special time, and that baby bump that I love so much! (:

I got this bodycon dress from the plus size section at Charlotte Russe. The floral kimono came from a yard sale right down the road from my house, and it was just $2! Necklace is Seabreeze from Premier Designs Jewelry.

Remember ^^this book^^ from my last blog post? Seriously, I’m obsessed with it!

Of course, our beloved pooch Silas had to make an appearance! He’s gonna be such a good dog brother ❤

 

I’ll be posting more nursery detail pics in the future. I’m so happy with how it’s turned out so far. Just a few more finishing touches to add until it’s ready for her arrival!

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To my daughter…

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant, stumbled upon a piece by Sydney Davis called, Why I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Wait. I was so moved by her words. It inspired me to write a letter to my little wildflower. I’ve spent weeks putting these words together for her, in hopes that one day she’ll read them and know her worth, and just how loved she was even before we met her.

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My daughter –

My beautiful, fearless, kind, strong, roundhouse-kick-to-the-face-of-conformity daughter.

First – I want you to know that the love I have for you has been measured out from before you were even conceived. Since the first thought of you I haven’t even began to comprehend how it is possible that God loves you more than I do, but I know that He does. I want you to always know that too, and hold that love close to you all your days. Know without a shadow of a doubt, pretty girl, that the love held for you is so immense that it sits among the stars. The very love that breathed the stars into existence so that you might one day wish upon them, is the same love that holds you carefully and tenderly, nestled in the hands of an Almighty Creator. That, paired with the love your daddy and I have for you, will be more than enough to get you through anything.

Also, I want you to know that there is nothing you could do that would make me love you less. Nothing. 

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