With the craziness that comes with two kids, I actually find myself looking forward to nursing Isla these days. It is the much-needed quiet time where I am forced to slow down for a few. Moments where I can stare in awe at this little blue-eyed babe that JD and I have been blessed with. Time where there is not a care in the world but my sweet Isla. We are 7 months in and it has been a beautiful journey. I feel relaxed. I feel confident. Not a day goes by that I take for granted the ability to nourish her.
When my uber talented friend, Dana from Pictiur Photography, asked if Isla and I would be muses for a dreamy nursing milk bath shoot, I could not say "yes" fast enough. Last weekend Isla and I spent the morning snuggling in a bath together with beautiful flowers floating around us while Dana captured some of my favorite photos to date of my little Isla. How fun it has been to see this come full circle from my maternity milk bath pictures when Isla was in my belly to now being cradled in my arms.
This is the beauty of motherhood. The moments when we feel like a hot mess on the inside. When our babes are begging for food. When we're comforting our fussy little ones or pouring our heart into a warm embrace. The moments that only a photographer can capture so perfectly. Then we look back on in awe of the beauty and love that radiates through the chaos of mom life.
I needed these pictures. I needed this reminder of the glowing love between Isla and I. I needed to slow down for a morning and take in these powerful, fleeting moments snuggling my baby.
This is motherhood. Some days it is full of dry shampoo, stretchy sweatpants, tears and feeling like a train-wreck--then there are days like Saturday that fill my tank so full of love and appreciation for the blessings of motherhood and these sweet babes of mine. So often, it takes an outsiders view to see this.
These pictures mean so much to me now and I can only imagine how much they will mean to me 18 years from now when I am kissing my baby girl good-bye as she heads off into the world. Please time, slow down.