being a new mom is such a special thing to experience each and every time. i really wanted to share this beautiful piece written by a sweet friend. i asked casey wiegand to share a little of her experience about adding little apple (their 3rd baby) into the family, because adding our 3rd is so beautifully overwhelming to me and i really relate to how she sees motherhood. if you don't know casey yet, you are missing out, she is an inspiring and beautiful soul that i am so happy to have connected with. she always shares straight from her heart and is so open and honest in her posts not to mention her beautiful way of capturing her family. it is always so wonderful to see into other people's world and gain from their perspective, but more-so to become inspired by them. please stop by her blog the wiegands and read even more about her wonderful family and her life as a mother and an artist. you can also follow her beautiful instagram feed and connect with here on twitter as well! I just love your heart, casey! thank you so much for allowing me to share this!
Sweet baby Apple was sound asleep and my two "big" kids were eating at the table.
I was sitting between them and after a few moments Ainsleigh creeped over and climbed up on my lap. She was facing towards me and grabbed my cheeks, looked me straight in the eyes and smiled....over and over again in between kisses on my cheeks.
Something about the way the sun was shining behind her, something about those sweet dimples that she has. Adding a third little person to our world has been so amazing. They adore their new little sis. People often ask me if it is hard to love and give all three the amount of attention they need.
The wonderful thing is that it's truly triple the love!
Something about the way her tiny fingers were stroking my hair and clinging to me.
Something about the way she clenches on when she thinks I am about to get up.
She, too, wants it to last.
I desperately wanted to jump up and grab my camera but I didn't. I held her tight. Soaked it in. And am doing the best job that I can right now to repaint it as a memory.
The weather here in Texas is changing. I love the fall. I love the chiminea burning on the back porch. and the leaves that are beginning to fall. it nudges at my soul.
Today I was thinking. Recently I had to take a personality test for some "work" related things. We wanted to see where we fit best on our team and what roles we could easily be in. There were so many things about the test that were so eye opening for me to read and see written out on paper.
Something that really struck me though was what my results said about me as a mother.
*help their children become who they really are
*support their children's creativity and originality
*are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
I have no idea if my kids would actually say these things about me or if someday these are ways that they would talk about me as a mother...but I sure hope so.
I desperately want to embrace my babies as individuals...I want to help each one in their own way figure out their purpose, their passions and foster that.
I want them to feel deeply, and learn that it's okay. I want them to learn to express that.
Motherhood for me is such a joy.
A "life giver".
I can hardly believe it's going as fast as it is.
I just hope that I can help my babies find their life purpose...and help them make it happen.