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May 3, 2016 |
Hi Friends! I’m so glad that you’re back today for Part II (see Part I HERE) of our Mother + Daughter Style Post! Today, my mom is asking me about all things motherhood and I’m sharing a few pieces of my mushy heart with you. There’s just something so vulnerable about talking mommy-hood, am I right? There’s never a right answer, you always question your decisions and all the while you’re desperately chasing about little humans that you never knew you could love so much…
Q: How would you describe motherhood in one or two sentences?
A: Motherhood has been the most beautiful journey that actually allows my heart to live outside of my body on a daily basis. It’s a terrifying, rewarding, sometimes frustrating, always beautiful and ultimately a holy experience to care for such a precious gift and is absolutely the most selfless act one could ever take on.
Q: What lessons in life prepared you for motherhood?
A: I honestly don’t think that anything could have prepared me for it. There’s no way to describe the love that you are capable of feeling for someone until they hand that sweet baby to you…
Q: What was the most inspirational advice you were given regarding being a first-time mother?
A: I don’t think that this advice came until a little later down the road, when Landry was right at 6 months and a friend really reminded me to not forget about myself and my marriage, while still being a great parent. Upon having her, my first instinct was to be a true “helicopter parent” …I breast fed her exclusively, she never took a bottle, I homemade all of her baby food, and we didn’t even leave for ONE date night until she was 9 months old. I had become to exist solely for her and I was losing my own sense of being. After really taking a minute to step back and realize that I was still worthy and still deserved “me time,” I started this blog and found a baby sitter that I trusted. We haven’t looked back since and I feel that I am such a better mom when my creative tank is full (and my nails are done…wink).
I told you guys last week how my obsession with “flatform” sandals was mounting, and obviously I wasn’t alone because the pair above completely sold out last week. The great news is that they just got completely restocked in all sizes and colors, but the stock is very limited, so don’t wait on these…they WILL sell out.
I love that my mom and I both love and feel comfortable in them, they really are a stylish summer shoe for any age. She’s sent me multiple photos of everything she’s been wearing them with now that she’s back home. Boyfriend jeans, shorts, dresses…you name it these are your shoes!
Q: How has your perspective on life changed since becoming a mother?
A: In almost every way possible. Life is so short and knowing that I’m not promised tomorrow with her makes me very deliberate about every decision I make. I try to slow down, unplug a little and smell the roses with her. Aside from that, I feel like I’m now hyper aware of global issues and find myself worrying about what kind of world she will raise her babies in…so cliche…yet couldn’t be more true in my case.
While my mom was here visiting, I taught her how to navigate Snapchat and it was hysterical! She’s getting the hang of it…and I really have no room to talk, because so am I! Sorry to those of you who I’ve accidentally sent silly snaps to…whoops!
Q: Are there more children in the future and when???????????
A: Oh I didn’t even have to open the email with her questions to know that this one was included (and, yes, she really included THAT many question marks!), thanks for being predictable mama bird!
In our minds, our family is certainly not complete, but in the end that’s up to the Big Guy. To put everyone’s minds at ease, we are not actively trying to have a baby (TMI, right? Sorry…), but our hearts and minds are opening up to the idea. Not having our families close by when we had Landry really really hit us hard, both psychically by not having them here to lend helping hands and mentally knowing that I came from such a tight knit extended family and that Landry wasn’t going to have that for the foreseeable future. I would love to be closer to home when we decide to expand our family, but all in God’s time. I’m trying to be patient and allow His plan for our family to unfold…
Q: Are you the disciplinarian in the family?
A: Yes, I am…but I would happily trade that in. By nature, Dan is the more laid back parent and I’m more of the “I mean business” parent, so I think that it naturally falls on my shoulders. It’s a constant learning process for me and a daily lesson in grace and patience.
Dress on MAJOR SALE! (same dress different pattern HERE) | Military Vest | Bag (on sale under $200!) | Flatforms (hurry these WILL sell out!)
Q: What advice would you give a mother-to-be?
A: I would tell her to strive for grace and not perfection as a mom. Lose every expectation about motherhood that you have built up on your head, because the journey of being a mother will both exceed your wildest dreams and let you down all at the same time. You are giving your all, doing your best, second guessing yourself and it’s all part of the process…and it’s perfectly imperfect. Throw your hands in the air and enjoy the roller coaster ride, girl!
…I swear I had a lazy eye this day…do you guys see that?! What the…
Olive Green Dress (on sale for under $60 and still available in ALL sizes) | Denim Vest | Crossbody Bag | Fedora | Gold Earrings | Flatforms
Shop Our Looks:
Mom: Dress on MAJOR SALE! (same dress different pattern HERE) | Military Vest | Bag (on sale under $200!) | Flatforms (hurry these WILL sell out!)
Me: Olive Green Dress (on sale for under $60 and still available in ALL sizes) | Denim Vest | Crossbody Bag | Fedora | Gold Earrings | Flatforms
Thank you guys so much for following along with this series, I hope that you enjoyed it! It means so much to me to have my mom meet you guys right in time for Mother’s Day! Stay tuned because there’s one gal in our family that I haven’t interviewed for Mother’s Day and that’s about to change…yep, Landry Kate made a video for you guys! Oh man, never know what a 3 year old is going to say about you!
Missed Part I where I asked my mom all the questions? See it HERE
May 4, 2016 at 7:20 AM
Loved this series! You nailed it on describing motherhood…holy and self-sacrificial…yes yes yes!! I feel like I never knew real sacrifice until becoming a mama! Heart your heart!!!! xx
May 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM
I have grinned, and may have laughed out loud, while reading this entire post! What a special time for y’all to share together and to have it documented! Can’t wait to hear Miss Priss! Love from LA…..
Sandra Robinson says
May 4, 2016 at 1:05 PM
Loved these pictures, Mallory and Dianne! Mallory, your mother and I spent many years together with the same company. These pictures are wonderful! I am delighted to see them and the two of you together enjoying the day. I will drop her a text to let her know these made my day!! Will look forward to more.
May 4, 2016 at 2:20 PM
Such a sweet post friend! Love and agree with everything!
Jennifer Griffin says
May 19, 2016 at 6:47 PM
So sweet, I loved this cute little series, Mal!
What are you interested in seeing more of?