Sunday, May 17, 2015

Self Love

Since becoming mama, there's so many things I've realized that I want to teach my daughter, things I want her to learn on her own and things I hope she never has to experience. Recently, I've been really working on myself. I'm working to be happier, healthier, and find joy in even the mundane daily tasks of life. Through this I hope to teach my daughter that it's ok to be exactly who she is. She doesn't have to impress anyone. God has made us exactly who we are and He has designed us for a purpose.

I pray she grows in confidence and knows that she has the ability to do anything she wants. As women we are often put down in one aspect or another beginning in childhood. I hope my daughter can overlook the negativity and realize she is a strong and powerful female. Her body is an amazing masterpiece and she be respected as so. Her mind is stronger than she knows and I pray she realizes the power her thoughts have over her. Confidence is beauty, and I wish all women knew how strong their bodies are, how powerful the mind is and how beautiful they can be.

Mamas, hold your daughters close and teach them that women are full of strength. Be her role model. Find confidence in yourself. Don't talk down about yourself, especially your body in front of your daughter. She's always watching and she's learning from you. Teach her how beautiful and strong your body is, so she can see that hers is the same. Show her how powerful your mind is, so she knows that she too possesses the same power in thinking. And always keep her close to show her women can and should empower one another.

"Talk to yourself the way you would talk to your daughters."
-January Harshe

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Things are ever changing

You're constantly growing bigger and bigger, learning new things and gaining independence. Your life has been so full of "firsts" and I know there's many many more "firsts" to come. Watching you and your reactions brightens even the darkest of days. Viewing life through your eyes is exciting and innocent. 

Recently, you had your first taste of solid food and boy was that an experience. As we've done for several of your "firsts", we set the camera up and snapped away as you had your first taste. Carrots. You went from opening up for more to giving us the most disgusted little face ever. You weren't sure what to think. 

Watching these "firsts" brings about so many emotions. It's difficult to explain. At one moment, excitement takes over and you look forward to each new milestone and watching your little one grow up, the next, you're fighting back tears wondering how in the world your baby is growing up so quickly. I'll admit, as a mom who exclusively breast fed for over 6 months, starting solids was difficult. Watching the reaction and facial expressions was priceless, but I also had to come to terms with the fact that little miss is no longer 100% nourished from my body. I've realized I'll be doing a lot of that as she grows up and learns to care for herself and that's ok, it's all part of being a mom. All of these moments will one day just be memories. Slow down, take pictures, it's all happening so quickly, you'll want something to look back on.