I am one of those women that has a list of his and her baby names planned out well before she reaches highschool. Being a mother has always been on the top of my accomplishment list, and this session is one of many reasons why. Babies are so squishy cute but Miss Audrey takes cuteness to a whole new level with a dash of just beautiful tossed in! Her adorable cupid lips and baby yawns had be captivated the moment Lauren Gay Photography submitted the session to my inbox. I know you’ll enjoy this little bundle of beauty as much as I did!
Tell us about your birth:
I was in labor for a total of 16 hours and pushed for two. My Mom and Husband were my cheerleaders during labor and delivery. I held my baby and nursed her immediately after she was born. We were very insistent that visitors come later… after we had a chance to bond with our new daughter and take it all in. I’m so happy we didn’t rush visitors in. It was perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing!
What was the first thing you thought when you held your new baby?
That she looked exactly like her Daddy!
What was the first day home with baby like?
The first day home was exciting, scary, and exhausting. I hadn’t slept more than 2 hours since having her. I felt so overwhelmed with love and fear all at the same time. When we left the hospital I couldn’t help but think, “are they really letting me take her home? How will we survive without the nurses?!”
What are your newborn must have purchase items?
My daughter loves her bouncy seat. That is a must. We have three of them in different areas of the house! A really good swaddle is also a must!
What postpartum advice for women getting ready to have their own newborn?
Be kind to yourself. I spent so much of my maternity leave trying to figure out the “right” answer to some of the challenges we had with our daughter. I am slowly realizing that there is no right or wrong. If I make the best decision I can at the time, then that is the right answer.
Something you wish you’d known before having a new baby?
I wish someone would’ve told me that it’s ok to not enjoy every moment of new mommyhood. I also wish someone would’ve told me that it would be the hardest thing I will ever do in my entire life. I knew motherhood would be hard but I don’t think I was completely prepared. I’m not sure that you can be. I wish I knew to reach out and talk to other moms about the difficulties sooner. Once I reached out, I realized that I was completely normal. New motherhood isn’t always rainbows and butterflies but rather an emotional roller coaster. For every dark moment where I wonder if I’m cut out for motherhood, there are 50 beautiful and bright moments of gummy smiles from my daughter. It’s those moments that reassure me that I am right where I need to be and that I am doing an awesome job.
One thing that you believe is beautiful about being a mother?
I grew a life inside of me for 9 months and will continue to shape, mold, and nurture this tiny person for the rest of her life. What could be more beautiful than that?!
Words about your photographer?
Lauren is amazing and so talented. She is also very patient. I know this because Lauren photographed our wedding back in January 2014 and I was a very nervous bride! We loved working with her then and knew she’d take our family photos when the time came. She truly wants her clients to be happy with the final product and will always try to incorporate your ideas into the photo shoot. Lauren is very friendly and down to earth as well. I always viewed her as a friend and never felt like I was working with a business.
Lauren Gay is an international wedding and portrait photographer based out of Northern Virginia. When she’s not documenting your love she’s feeling the love with her husband and sweet baby girl!