I've been a Mom for three years. THREE YEARS. It seems simultaneously a lifetime and the blink of an eye. It's weird having something mark the passage of time so visually as watching your child grow--especially in the early years when they go through so much growth and change. Wasn't I just holding her in the crook of my arm?
We have had a lot of life since she entered ours. In the past three years we have gone without more sleep than I ever thought possible, we sold most of our belongings, sold our house, traveled through a majority of the U.S., seen more stars and sunsets than previously in my life, explored the beauty of the desert, pulled her tiny hands out of more holes of unknown creatures in the desert than I ever want to think about, called poison control, kissed countless hurts, had rain pour through the roof, questioned who we are as a family, ran successful businesses, put our feet in creeks and oceans, hugged more friends and family than I ever thought we had, done weening, sleep training, potty training, cried more tears and laughed almost every day.
A friend of mine recently used the phrase, "I feel like I'm getting back to myself." And I realized that I will never be the self I was before I was Mama. Because now that I am Mama I am stronger. I love deeper. I am more patient. I am more hard working. I want so much more for her, for us, and even for myself. I know more profoundly the words "cherish" and "fleeting." I am a version of myself that I never knew could be possible.
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Beth Bowman is an intimate wedding, destination, and elopement photographer with a heart for adventure based in Lexington, Virginia. She thrives on awkward, intimate, and authentic moments. Her mission is to document moments of love and light that they may encourage and inspire others during hard times--that love is the only true adventure. Her style is romantic, creative, and genuine. She believes in getting out in the rain, head back laughs, taking risks, and brave love stories.