Sylvia- Story of Motherhood | Washington, Dc

I have known Sylvia for several months now. We met through a local church that hosts art classes every Monday morning. She is so soft-spoken, gentle and kind with her daughters. I knew I wanted to feature her for a Motherhood session! I asked her last minute and in two days we mad it happen. Enjoy her Motherhood session filled with sunshine and cherry blossoms.

2017-04-10_0022 1.How has Motherhood changed you as a woman? 

As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I completely changed. I started becoming the version of me that I wanted to be, yet had been putting off. I became self-less for my children, disciplined, efficient, more conscious, and somewhat patient. I also gained the anxiety that comes with being a mother of two.

2017-04-10_0024 2017-04-10_00232. What is your full time occupation?
I am a full-time Mom, which I’m sure you know means: Nurse, Teacher, Chef, Chauffeur, Maid, and Disciplinarian among other things.
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2017-04-10_00373. Tell us about your family (number of children, the family you were raised in)
I am one of four children, being the second to youngest of two boys and two girls. I also have a large extended family on both sides.
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4. What is one family tradition you have raised your family with? 
Our traditions surround holidays. Although every year we have exchanged Valentines, this year my partner and I started the tradition of hand-making our Valentines for the girls. It’s fun and feels more meaningful.
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5. What are your “must-haves” as a Mom? 
Calm music for trying times (you can’t lose it while Sade or Enya are playing), my best friend, and a comfortable bed and comforter for those too few hours of sleep.
2017-04-10_00306. What is something you are talented with or passionate about? 
Making stuff out of things. I’m a creative, crafty type. I like to design and sew, decorate, and repurpose things. I’m also a passionate naturalist and environmentalist.
2017-04-10_00277. Any advice for new Mothers?  Just put one foot in front of the other.  2017-04-10_00268. Where do you call home?   Our apartment in downtown Washington, DC.
2017-04-10_00299. What is a favorite past-time you do with your child/children? 
Going to farms to pick fruits in the summer and just playing/exploring in nature.
2017-04-10_002810. What has motherhood taught you? 
 I learned that I am physically capable of much more than I ever thought. I also learned how much you can accomplish in a day- that I really did have all the time I needed before having children. It has also taught me the fullness of the meaning of love. 2017-04-10_0035
2017-04-10_0038 11. What is your favorite quote about motherhood? 
I’m sure I’ve heard a lot of great quotes, though I also attribute my lack of short term memory to parenthood. We have a sign hanging on our front door that says “Love is all you need.” We use it as our secret ‘password’ to get into the house, and I think it sums things up nicely. 2017-04-10_0036 2017-04-10_0034-Sylvia
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