A Time to Remember

Talking with moms over the years I have found that everyone has a “sweet spot” when it comes to their favorite age and stage of their children.  Of course we love them during all the stages, but there seems to be a magic time in our children’s lives when things just work.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that we have everything figured out during that stage or we can know exactly what they want, but things just mesh for a few days or weeks or if we are lucky, months.

I love the newborn stage.  If you have had the opportunity to care for a newborn, your thoughts might be wandering to the sleepless nights (and days), the gooey neon poop, and the cries of gassiness.  Yeah, honestly, I get overwhelmed with that, too.  But shifting my perspective a little bit gives room to soak in this precious time.  I am so thankful to have experienced the bond of being a nursing mother.  There have been few other experiences in my life that point to the perfect provision of God than carrying, giving birth, and nursing my children.  He truly equips mothers to sustain the life of their children.  I love the moments of peace and surrender when my babies just rest in my arms, content at the breast.  They are getting the nourishment they need for their bellies and their hearts, skin to skin with their mommy.  God’s design is beautiful.

Here is a peek at a mother’s day session I was able to capture this year.  This mom is so gorgeous.  It is an honor to see her love for her child.  The gaze they are sharing here is an example of the reason motherhood is so precious; that little face staring back at you as you pour out your love in caring for their needs.  This sweet shot was taken during a nursing session, and it just reminds me how lucky I am to give other moms the opportunity to remember these moments that so quickly pass on as their babies change and grow swiftly in their first year of life.

So enjoy, beautiful mommy.  Treasure your little one’s gaze and use this memory to nurture his heart with hope and unconditional love as he grows.

Nursing Mother