To become a mother is not hard to be a mother is?
I have a magnet on my fridge.
For me this is true. My pregnancy wasn’t planned and in truth did not come at the most ideal point in my life. I wasn’t in a stable relationship, I couldn’t afford to decorate the nursery and a lot of the baby stuff, buggy, pram, bouncer, changing mat were 2nd hand. Becoming a mother had been easy being the mum I wanted to be/ want to be has been a struggle from the start.
I got the opportunity to do a bump session last week for Stacey & Luke and while editing the images this quote came to mind. It occurred to me that it’s not that easy for every woman to become a mother I have a couple of friends who only have to look at their husbands to get pregnant and several friends who have struggled through IVF treatments some successfully and some (so far) not.
It makes me sad to think that some of my friends aren’t able to get pregnant when they so desperately want to be. It also makes me feel extremely guilty every time Theresa and I argue and I think of how many people wish they had what I have.
I am eternally grateful to have Theresa who turns 12 next month. She may not have been my plan at the time but she came along at a time in my life when I needed a focus and a purpose. I believe she saved my life the day she was born and she’s been saving it ever since. The love a mother feels for their child is unconditional, sometimes in the teen years we may not like them very much but we always love them.
My simple advice to Stacey & Luke and all first time parents is enjoy every moment even the tough times because we are so very lucky to be able to have tough times with our children. I look forward to following the progress of baby Emery’s first year and capturing those special memories.
To be a mother is HARD but the rewards are never ending.
Below see some of the beautiful bumps and newborns I've had the pleasure of capturing.