What I Want To Say To Every New Mama

I get to hang out with new mamas here in the studio all the time. I quickly get a sense of who they are as people, what kind of mother they'll be, and often they share their concerns about being a mom for the first time. Here's what I always want to say but sometimes it doesn't come out right, or at all.

Mama, try your hardest not to worry. There will be times where you'll wonder and where you'll hope. Times when you know you don’t have all the answers and you pray that your best will be good enough.

Thoughts are probably dancing in your brain like - Do I have enough clothes for the baby? Will I be able to breastfeed? Is the nursery room ready? Will I know what my baby wants? Can I give them every single thing they need? This is normal.

I know you want to be a good mama. I know you want to love this baby so well. I can see it in your eyes and hear it in your voice, in the whispers you say to that baby during our pregnancy photo session.

You will be able to help your baby discover their dreams. You'll kiss away their fears at night and play with them in the day. You will be the one to tell them the words they need to hear most and I want you to know it is all going to be okay.

You may wonder if you're ready. Will you ever be ready? I don't think any of us are ever really are.

It's so hard to get through the long and painful days, through the back pain, getting in and out of the compression stockings.  Know you have the strength to do it, and that you're incredibly beautiful just the same.

And I pray that the images we've taken together will be a consistent reminder of how beautiful you are, how wonderful your pregnancy was, and how amazing it felt to share your feelings with your unborn baby in my studio.

And when you feel your baby subtly move within you, please take a deep breath and know that you've got this. You're going to be an absolutely amazing mama, and this baby will always have you. xo