August was Breastfeeding Awareness Month. I decided to breastfeed many years before J came along and before he came, I was scared and worried not because I might not be able to but because it seemed so strange and exposing. And it was, but then it became so much more. It became a bond and a journey and a lifestyle and I love to help other moms celebrate all of that and bring awareness to the beauty of the journey. So I organized this nursing event to capture all these mamas and show them off.
“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” ― N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Years and years ago, I decided I was going to do EVERYTHING RIGHT as a parent. Teenagers are dumb. There is no right way. There is the way we choose, the path we walk, and in that way it is right for us and that is all that matters.
Years ago when I learned about the power of breastfeeding, I knew, I KNEW that I would nurse my children.
A year and a half ago when that baby was born–despite much apprehension about the actual breastfeeding, I was determined to make it work. But we hit a snag and my little J and I needed help. I was distraught and lost because this was what I wanted and the mum featured today changed that. She calmed the storm and put us back on course. She humbly turns all the credit back to mom and baby–but no ship arrives in port without a navigator.
As a thank you for making our lives better, I wanted to give her a gift so I invited myself over, sat them down, and started making them laugh. I asked mummy to tell embarrassing stories (she did not disappoint) and the girls to share what they loved about mum and they laughed nearly the entire time! Their family is one of love and laughter and empowerment–because both daughters loved how much their mum listened to them, valued them, and treated them with respect.
Thank you to my friend, midwife, and lactation consultant. You will always hold a special place in my heart!
Bonus, my mess maker entertaining himself at the piano while I worked!