To me, motherhood means an endless love and being brought true joy by someone else’s every move and milestone. As well as forever having to stress and worry about someone else’s safety haha. It’s the best kind of anxiety.
What are your must-have kid items?
NOSE FRIDA! As well as The Honest Co. conditioning detangler, it works wonders for her tangled bedhead.
Tell us about your daughter and what she has taught you about life, love, and motherhood
My sweet Nova girl has taught me about true selflessness, she will forever come first no matter what the circumstances. I am willing to give her whatever she needs from me throughout life whether it’s advice, my clothes, my food, my anything and everything. She has taught me so much patience through the endless nights of being slung over her bassinet trying to stay awake just so I can make sure she is peacefully sleeping before I can lay my head down on my own pillow.
How has having Nova changed your relationship? Any suggestions on how to keep the marriage/relationship alive?
When it comes to keeping our relationship alive we make sure to always go out on dates. Whether it’s going for a quick kayak venture for a couple of hours or just going out to lunch. I always feel so guilty saying I need time for just us but it’s extremely necessary. Having alone time with your partner really refreshes you so you can continue to be the best parent to your kid.
What are some of your most cherished memories of motherhood?
I will never forget the first time I got her to laugh, right before I was about to walk out the door for work I was kissing her goodbye and singing a weird song and she just bust out in the goofiest giggle. Safe to say I was late for work that day.
What most surprised you about motherhood?
How much I cry happy tears when I simply look at her or when I see her playing with her dad.
What has been your greatest challenge in motherhood?
Not getting frustrated with her when I’m completely lacking sleep. It’s tough to not feel frustration let alone show it. Especially to your own beautiful baby.
Has your style changed since becoming a mom?
Yes, I wear my hair up a LOT more haha
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
Drinking a glass of wine and watching a good movie with my fiancé is the perfect wind down time.
Do you have a family tradition that you are passing ontoNova?
Unfortunately no. But we have talked about starting our own traditions such as traveling to a new place we have never been every year as a family.
How do you manage to keep all of the plates spinning? What helps you juggle motherhood?
Just working towards having a happy healthy family. I always want to have a clean enjoyable home for us to be in. Having our home as our sanctuary where we love to spend time all together is necessary for us. It makes all of the small tasks not so bad knowing we have a good home for our family.
What is your greatest joy in being a mother?
Seeing how much all of my family and loved ones love her brings me so much joy. Her grandparents, her aunts, her great grandparents. They all love her so much and that makes me unbelievably happy.
If you could give Nova one piece of life advice what would it be?
Tune in to how you are feeling as well as how you make others feel. Be a compassionate person.
Meet the photographer:
Hi! Im Erin. I love EXTRA whipped cream with my coffee and enjoying time spent with my loving family. Springtime is my favorite, probably because I am obsessed with cadbury caramel eggs (I stock the freezer full during Easter to last me all year round). Wyatt and Sawyer are my two beautiful boys. Gabe is my rock and husband. We live in a very small town in Iowa where we love to go on hiking adventures along with napping together on the couch! In the summertime you can find us outside doing all kinds of things from canoeing to baseball…lots of baseball! Quiet mornings are my favorite when I can read a good book and bonus if its nice enough I can do so in my hammock. My passion for photography really started back in middle school when I joined 4-H and bought a camera to help capture life on the farm. I truly love my job and getting to meet all kinds of kind along the way.