JENNIFER :: MOTHERHOOD

indianapolis-family-photographer Describe how it felt the first time you held Jameson in your arms: Unbelievable, I truly will never forget that moment. It is this immediate 'love at first sight', did I really create this perfect tiny human moment...

How has being a mom changed you as a person? Learning to be easier on myself, slowing down to take in moments (small seemingly unimportant moments), realizing the importance of being present in life...

What’s the best part about being Jameson's mom? Seeing this tiny human develop a personality all his own, being the recipient of unconditional love, seeing pure joy in his eyes, hearing the sweet sound of 'mom ma' come out of his mouth, and knowing he is my tiny human!

What’s the most challenging thing? I feel that this list could go on for a very long time... But what do I find the most challenging? Being present, I want Jameson to look back on his childhood and remember me being an active participant in his life. I want to look back and remember being an active participant in his youth. There are so many distractions, so many things that keep us from being present...

What has taken you by surprise about motherhood? What do you wish someone would have filled you in on beforehand? That other mothers can be so judgmental. It is really sad.

What do you most wish you could hold onto forever about Jameson being little? The excitement in his eyes when he does something new; says a new word, figures out how to climb the stairs, or jump for the first time. The joy and elation a child exudes is so pure, they are happy that you are happy and they are so proud of themselves. Indescribable...

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What do you hope Jameson grows up to become? What type of human are you trying to raise? I want Jameson to know the power of prayer, to feel empowered to stand up for what he believes in, to have the ability to love and be loved, to accept differences, to find what inspires him, to be successful (in his own eyes), to be comfortable and accepting of himself.

If you could give a word of advice or encouragement to other moms, what would it be? There will be moments you feel like a complete failure, seriously a complete failure (like you have never felt before)... It is okay, this will not be the last time, but give it an hour or two and that sense of failure will be immediately met with the most amazing sense of pride looking you square in the face! Trust me...

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