I have had the pleasure of photographing Meghan, Mike and Maddybears since she was still in her momma’s belly. From the baby shower, to the maternity session, newborn session, the 1st birthday party, family photos and beyond I have seen this gorgeous little gal start to grow up:)
When Meghan was chosen for my Mommy of the Month Award I asked Megan 5-10 questions on the best tips for new and or expecting moms and women who are just plain curious:) Here is some insight into the world of Meghan and becoming a Mommy!
1. What is your favourite Recipe?
This recipe kept me sane the first few months after my daughter was born; it was something I snacked on every time I got up to feed (12am 1am,2am,3am,4am and 5 am). It’s warm and super satisfying, perfect for a starving momma or a warm breakfast on a cold day.
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water (I use 2 cups water/1 cup almond milk for a creamier texture)
3-4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon butter
Cinnamon ( I like lots of cinnamon, but you can start at 1/2 teaspoon and add more to your taste)
1- 1.5 tablespoons sugar ( I use stevia)
Coat the slow cooker with cooking spray. Add ingredients. Turn slow cooker on low for 7 hours. Wake up in the morning. Eat. Enjoy.
I loved waking up in the morning to the smell of apples and cinnamon; I would turn it on early so when I woke up to feed my daughter in the early morning, I would eat while I fed her.
2. Top 3 things you can’t live without since becoming a mom?
a) Wine. Wine and more wine.
b) Multiple soothers anywhere Maddison could potentially have a breakdown My purse, vehicle, every room in my home……
3. Fav bed time story?
The Sleep Book by Dr. Suess
4. What is the biggest surprise to becoming a mom?
First- forget those videos they show you in prenatal classes with babies latching on perfectly to a breast that has the right amount of milk to feed a hungry little one. It looked too easy (which should’ve been a red flag) but I started thinking that it was going to be a cakewalk because hey- 100% of the babies in the movies looked content, as did their moms, so I didn’t pay it any mind. Well- in the beginning (as well as the middle and the end for some) it is HARD. I had a pretty good baby (now she is hellish toddler), but I never thought it would be THAT hard. You are pretty much running off of fumes, trying to figure out what your baby wants without losing your mind, falling asleep on the toilet while you are taking a pee because that is the only time you have to yourself. Oh, and say goodbye to regular showers. You WILL get used to your “3 days without a shower even though I have been puked and pooped on” smell- promise.
5. Who’s the biggest influence in your life?
For me, this question would really depend on what point of my life I’m discussing. I like to think that Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love heavily influenced my teenage years; 15 years later, I’m influenced by people that are trying to create a better world. Honestly, I am constantly following the Dalai Lama, as well as Pope Francis (I know.. weird right?). As a Catholic (non-practising), it’s pretty refreshing for a pope to finally realize that people of other religions are decent human beings as well, and maybe being good is just about being a good person, whether or not everyone is reading the same book.
6. If you could do one thing to change the world what would it be and why?
I would partner up with Malala Yousafazi and help defend the worlwide right to education; focusing on women and children- because knowledge is power.
7. What did you want to be when you grow up?
Great question…. PASS.
8. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate (Reese’s minis). Oh, and Kraft Dinner with only half the pasta and all of the cheese-Mmmm. When I was pregnant I used to eat them together- at least now I eat them separately.
9. What has changed the most in your life since having a child?
Besides EVERTHYING?! Well, I think the biggest thing would be learning how to be a (functional) family unit- having dinners together every night, breakfast every morning and not being afraid to ask for help- because not everyone can do everything everything themselves (super huge props to the single parents out there).
10. What’s the one thing you thought you would never do and now you would in the blink of an eye?
I never thought I would love dropping Maddison off at daycare everyday and going to work! I leave the daycare after dropping her off with a smile on my face and think “she’s your problem now… suckers.”
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