Mother’s Name: Jillian Roberts
How has motherhood changed you as a woman?
Motherhood has changed every fiber of me. I think it makes me feel more alive. To me, motherhood is a dichotomy where I have become my strongest self and my weakest self all in one. I am capable of anything when it comes to my daughters. The depth of my strength and love surprises me at times. But I am also a worried, sappy, tearful, emotional mess! I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Tell us a little about your family?
David and I have been married for six years and have been together nearly ten years. We met as college interns in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a Florida Gator and he is a Tennessee Volunteer. As you can imagine, football season is a pretty big deal around our house. We lived in Florida for the first three years of marriage, and have lived in East Tennessee for the last three. We have been extremely blessed with our two little girls who are ages one and four. They are silly, sweet, sassy, spunky and smart all rolled into two tiny little packages.
What is one family tradition you have raised your children with?
Our children are still pretty young, so we are still building our holiday and other annual traditions like cooking specific Thanksgiving dishes, having pajama parties on Christmas Eve, and going on Easter egg hunts. I’d say our biggest day-to-day tradition is our bedtime routine. David and I switch bedtime each night so that both of our girls get one-on-one time with us to read books and talk about their day. I find this to be the most special part of my day. The one year old is still learning to talk, so we will often hear a new word or tiny new sentence, which is super exciting. Our four your old will often tell me stories about her day. I learn about silly things that happened at school, but sometimes I learn about little arguments she had with friends, or that someone got hurt on the playground. I find it’s the best time to help her identify, express and cope with her emotions.
Favorite family vacation?
The beach! I’m from Sandestin, Florida and we love going back each year to visit family and friends. Who doesn’t love a little sand and salt in their hair? It’s good for the soul.
What advice would you give new mothers about raising children?
If you’re a control freak like me, you will quickly learn the difficult lesson that as soon as your tiny, sweet little baby enters this world, you are no longer in control. So learn to let go a little bit (breathe!) and enjoy the ride. Learn how to ask for help without feeling guilty or defeated. Don’t put much stock in others’ opinions or advice. Don’t compare your child to other children. Listen to your head and go with your heart. Trust your instincts! Try and see the world through your children’s eyes. Learn how to forgive yourself because you will make mistakes. And you absolutely, positively cannot forget to take care of yourself.
What are your beauty must-haves as a mom?
Dry shampoo, undereye concealer, blush and mascara. Those four things can do wonders in less than two minutes.
Kind words about your photographer?
Erin is fabulous. This was our second session with her and it won’t be our last. It’s not easy being in front of the lens, but she makes it feel easy and natural. My youngest is FAST and she never stopped moving during this last session, but Erin kept right up with her and had the best attitude even though it was sweltering that evening!
I was born and raised in Illinois and moved to the great southern state of Tennessee. I make my bed in Knoxville, but I love to travel all over East Tennessee. I consider myself a walking contradiction; a Type A personality with a creative streak, a yankee who says fixin’, and a lover of comedy who couldn’t tell a punch-line to save her soul. My days are spent making modern, simple, no-frills, photographs and spending time with my husband and baby girl. I am blessed that my art allows me to meet new couples and new families every day.
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