Saturday, May 18, 2013

My First Mother's Day

What an incredibly special mother's day this FIRST Mother's Day as a mom!!!
Haha...he looks so happy, huh? Check out those FEET!!
 For me, there is no greater calling than being a wife and mother and I truly LOVE my role as both (yes, already!). People tell you having a child will change your life, but no one can prepare you for the amount of love that fills your heart when you meet your little one for the first time. And you fall more and more in love with each passing day, even when you think you can't love them any more than you do right now. It's pretty indescribable and something no one can prepare you for.

Mother's Day was our first full day at home as a family. Baby Jase & Daddy got me the sweetest card, and of course I cried as they read it aloud to me. (Post-pregnancy hormones are WAY more serious than pregnancy hormones!) So sweet! It even had his little footprints in it. (This kid has some GIANT feet!! He's already rockin' 6-12 mos socks!!)

My favorite part of Mother's Day was Jonathan telling me how natural I am as a mom and how I act like Jase has always been with us. He has been super encouraging and said that he knew I'd be a great mom, but that I'm exceeding his expectations already. He said it's probably because my mom is so great and I've always had such a good example. And man, did he hit the nail on the head.

My mom is the ROCK of our family, and particularly in my world. Growing up I remember many of my friends being "best friends" with their mom. Well, it was NOT like that for me. I was jealous at the time & wished we got along like that. She was super overprotective and disciplined me when I did wrong. Everyone told me we'd be "friends" when I was older, and I had no idea how true that was. Looking back, I am SO THANKFUL she wasn't my "friend"...and didn't care about that. She took her job as my mom very seriously, and more than anything always made me feel SOOO loved and so very special. There was not a day that went by that I didn't feel like I was the most loved and special kid on the whole planet.
 She is one of the strongest, wisest, most talented women I know, and if I can be half the mom she was to me, Jase will be one blessed little fella. She has truly been above and beyond helpful (helpful isn't even the word- I couldn't have made it without her!) this entire pregnancy and since Jon has had to go back to work. She loves my sweet baby and I can tell he already loves her so much. It's so sweet that he recognizes her voice and smiles at her.  She has that natural, motherly instinct and he will calm right down for her if his mommy is taking too long to her ready for him to eat. (It took a while when I was engorged- YOUCH!! No worries, posts to come on all of this fun!)
Mom with me on the left; Mom with baby Jase 27 years later. (P.S. Can you tell who he looks like?? Seriously, he's almost identical to me as a baby!)
This Mother's Day, I am so thankful for my incredible Mama & for the Lord blessing me with the gift of being a mother. I am so excited about this journey of motherhood....


Christi said...

Happy first Mother's Day! I can't wait to read Jase's birth story! One thing I clearly remember is how nobody could have prepared me for what it would be like when I met my child the first time. There are no words. It will be like that with each of your children. And the love just grows everyday. My first baby is becoming a teenager tomorrow, and my heart explodes with love.
Aww, postpartum hormones...aww! And big feet! Yes my son was/is like that. I found children's place or old navy socks didn't shrink like most & stayed on well since they folded over! Be prepared to buy shoes often. For years, I could hand down his shoes because he'd outgrow them before wearing them out! At 13, he's a 10 in men's! But at least he wears out the shoes before I have to buy most!

Mowens said...

Happy Mother's Day. I love the picture of him screaming and you looking like you just won the lottery. You make me excited to have that one day! So beautiful and a natural. Congratulations!

Tiffany said...

Danielle, Motherhood looks BEAUTIFUL on you! I've never seen you look as stunning as you do in those pictures with your sweet son.

I hope your recovering well. Can't wait to read the birth story and all those fun details! :)

Your words about your mom are so sweet. I hope my daughters feel that way about me someday!

Ms. Chianne said...

Congrats Danielle! Jase is absolutely perfect! I'm so happy for you girl and I know that you are going to be a WONDERFUL mommy! Happy first Mother's Day!!

Unknown said...

Happy First Mother's Day!! Your little Blessing is adorable! He's so long and does have big feet! :)

Erin said...

I'm obviously so behind on everything but had to comment on this sweet post. You LOOK like a natural already, so I'm sure you are! Jase is so lucky to have you! He's perfect!!!