When a local (and amazing!) photographer had an idea for a Mother’s Day shoot and she wanted to include me in it, at first I thought she had the wrong person. “I only have a child in utero,” I said. After all, I had gotten used to Mother’s Day being a challenging day where I tried to remain positive and focus on my wonderful mom instead of the fact that I still was childless.
I sincerely didn’t know if she had the right person. Me in a Mother’s Day shoot? Surely, she wanted someone more…motherly! Turns out that her vision for the shoot was much like my outlook on Mother’s Day this year (which also happens to be my birthday!), a bit like I’m living in a dream that I’m not quite sure translates to real life. But one that I’m happy to be in.
An Enchanted Mother’s Day
I’m still in that blissful stage where I have visions of my perfect little bundle of joy and all she is to become. I haven’t yet experienced those sleepless nights and endless diaper changes. While I know those things are imminent, it’s kind of nice being in this utopian stage for a little while.
So before I trade my flower crown in for the frizzy ponytail, and my Shoprollick dress in for stretch marks, here are my latest wishes for our little one who we’ll be meeting in a few short weeks :).
To my darling daughter,
I hope that you have a deeply rooted faith that’s all your own.
I hope that you laugh like your father, full of joy and often.
I hope that you never let fear dull your sparkle.
I hope that you grow up with rich friendships, with people who will lift you up during all of life’s stages.
I hope that you find your authentic self and live it unapologetically.
I hope that happiness and joy are constant companions,
I hope that you find your purpose and live it to the full,
and most of all
I hope you never, ever, forget how dearly you are loved.
Photography: Jenna Lynn Photography
Clothes: Shoprollick “Petal to the Metal” Dress
Makeup: IG @Makeupyoubeautiful
To see more beautiful mamas and creativity from this Mother’s Day shoot, be on the lookout on Jenna’s IG and website coming very soon!
And to all the many moms-in-waiting out there. I totally get it if this post makes you sad or angry (or both) but I hope that you can also view it as proof that dreams do come true. Including yours.
Happy Mother’s Day.