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Divine Mother Antje { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Confidence in Mothering

Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews

{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Antje }

Confidence in Mothering

Antje came to the studio to celebrate the birth of her fourth child who is now 5 month old. She told me “I never thought I would have four kids, but so far it worked out good.”

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“I had my first two children with my ex-husband, and then I got married again. We decided we wanted to have children in common. I thought, why not just one more. But then it felt so good, we tried again! I think I’m very fertile.”

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“My first two pregnancies were easy, I had no problems and I lost the pregnancy weight pretty quick. My last two pregnancies I had pregnancy diabetes. I didn’t feel sick at all, but my glucose test didn’t come back good.” But her experiences as a mother have been overwhelmingly positive it’s no wonder she has such a wonderful outlook on motherhood. “I was lucky, my kids were so good and easy.  I had no trouble breastfeeding.”

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When I asked Antje how being a mother has changed her she answered with “I was super shy at first, being a mother got me really confident. With my first child, I was alone in a new country; taking care of the my child all by myself made me feel really good.”

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Antje, thank you so much for participating and sharing a little of yourself with us. Congratulations on your happy growing family, may your days be full of joy and laughter.

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Antje participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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Divine Mother Anna { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Worth the Wait

Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews

{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Anna }

Worth the Wait

It was difficult to keep my composure during Anna’s interview. The love and joy, still so very fresh, was overpowering.

“It’s been kind of rough. It took us 3 years to get pregnant.”

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“We were working with the OBGYN. At first we worked with my hormone levels, then they told me I had to loose weight.

I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so I decided to get Gastric Bypass Surgery.

That’s what these scars are from.”

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“She’s the only reason I did it, I was happy with myself, but going into surgery I was told I couldn’t get pregnant for 18 months post opp.

I was 8 months after the surgery, I had almost lost 100lbs, and I was switching from one birth control to another and… we made her!”

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“I was excited but also scared. I thought, what if my body couldn’t provide… I kept waiting for something to happen. Even recovering from the surgery, I knew a lot of people had trouble, but nothing. Everything was perfect, the pregnancy was perfect. Nothing was wrong.

I had a homebirth, and everyone I loved was there. Her birth was the happiest day of my life. It really was perfect.

Giving birth was amazing. Every emotion is running though your body. One second you’re pushing, the next your baby is here.”

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After our session, Anna shared her homebirth video made by Tiffany Hudson Films and let’s just say you might need a handkerchief if you’re watching.

Purely amazing!

Anna, thank you so much for participating and for sharing yourself with us. What a beautiful journey you are living. Congratulations on your healthy pregnancy, amazing birth, and beautiful daughter. What a privilege worth the wait.

Anna, you are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Anna participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Video by Tiffany Hudson Films

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Divine Mother Amber { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Military Spouse & Mother

Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews

{ Divine Mothers of June Session 1 }

{ Amber }

Military Spouse & Mother

When I asked Amber about her journey as a mother, her experience was deeply tangled with her life as a military spouse.

“I never thought I would be raising my child away from my family… But I think that’s also a high point for me, because now I know I can do this… not alone, but away from my support.”

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“I never really saw myself in this situation, but we’re here and we’re doing it. We’ve been lucky, we haven’t experience long separations, but my husband did have a job with lots of TDY’s (work related trips). Right now he works 14-16 hour days.”

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“But I don’t feel alone. I’ve made good friends. This is just something we have to live throughout right now.”

As a fellow military spouse, it’s wonderful to hear the shining optimism in Amber’s voice. The long work days, constant separations, the moving, and the sheer uncertainty that rules the lives of military families is emotionally exhausting. Adding in the stress of motherhood can make for some cranky women! But sweet Amber is not one of them, well, at least not today!

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When I asked Amber about how motherhood, particularly during pregnancy, has changed her identity she told me.

“It’s not about me, I have to take care of someone else first. There’s a whole other life to take care of.”

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“It’s not your body, but it is…” Goodness, how that resonates.

She later emailed me to add, “I don’t think being a mother defines who I am, but it has made me a better person.” It really is a mothering truth. Loving someone else so deeply, changes you.

Beautiful Amber, I wish you a wonderful happy and healthy pregnancy. You are glowing with the amazing light of new life.

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Amber participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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THE DIVINE MOTHERS OF JUNE SESSION 2 { MOTHERHOOD PHOTO+INTERVIEWS }

A sneak peak into the images captured on Divine-Mothering’s second event from the Photo+Interview Series.

“This session was a little smaller than the last and it allowed me to relax and really enjoy getting to know the women better. It was amazing. I felt like I made new friends. And the stories…

It was hard to keep my emotions in check.” -Photographer, Liliana Taboas from Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

 

Divine Mother { Amber }

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Divine Mother { Anna }

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Divine Mother { Antje }

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Divine Mother { Michele }

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And my highlight for the evening… What I hope will be a tradition to continue at the end of each session, a group photo <3

 

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Thank you, ladies, for participating! You are all incredible <3 <3 <3

I will be blogging about each of their mini sessions in the coming week and I absolutely can’t wait to share more.

If you are interested in the photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia, please visit her website here.

If you are interested in participating in one of the Motherhood Photo+Interview Events, check out our FB Page and click Events.

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Divine Mother Natallie { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Self Love for the Next Generation

Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews

{ Divine Mothers of June Session 1 }

{ Natallie }

Self Love for the Next Generation

“I’ve always had issues with my self image.”

Natallie is a beautiful mother of two girls who is now intent on making sure they are well on their way down the path of self love and self respect.

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When I asked her why she wanted to participate in this project, she replied that she wanted women to feel proud of themselves. These photo sessions are about “Being proud of who you are as a mom.”

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Being a mother of two girls, specially, Natallie wants her girls to learn to love themselves as they are. “I vowed to never say anything negative about myself in front of them. Nothing. I don’t want them to learn that from me.”

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“I don’t want them to think… that their mother, the person that to them is so wonderful and special… that if she thinks something is wrong with her, then what’s wrong with me?”

Natallie, you are an incredible mother. The seed of self love that you are trying to instill on your daughters will surely take root. And hopefully, it will take root in all those who read this. Because the truth is that we learn this self hate. As we talked about this subject I myself remember the time of my life when I began to understand the narrow construct  of what is considered beautiful in our society.

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The only way to combat this narrow view of beauty is to challenge it. And that is what we are doing here. Challenging what is considered womanly, what is considered feminine, what is considered appropriate, what is considered sexual, what is considered natural, what is considered beautiful.

Natallie, you are so incredibly beautiful. Thank you for participating in this photo series and sharing yourself with us. I hope that you continue practicing self love toward yourself not just for the sake of your girls who admire and emulate you, but also to show yourself the kindness and love you deserve.

May we all remember to be kind to ourselves.

Natallie, you are amazing!

You are beautiful!

You are truly divine!

Danielle participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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