Reese -Story of Motherhood |Washington, DC
I met Reese about a year ago. I photographed Ethan’s newborn photos and then their holiday cards. I love the way her little family interacts together. They are so casual and calm, yet fun. It’s hard to believe Ethan is one already!
Enjoy her Story of Motherhood.
I’ve been a mom for 14 months and I don’t feel any closer to figuring out this new gig. But if motherhood has taught me anything, it’s that there is great power in the mom’s network. Tapping into it when you’re in need of advice, support, and the much-needed breather, can go a long way to navigate the unknowns of first-time motherhood. I should have anticipated this, but I found it to be both unexpected and incredibly generous.
Friends I hadn’t spoken to in years reached out with their very long, and thorough lists of recommended gear and offers to field any question (because they already knew that no matter how much I prepared, I would have many). They checked in on me with offers as simple as, “I’ve been there — call anytime.” Or the ever knowing, “Be kind to yourself, you already love your son more than anyone else could.”
When I returned to work and subsequently traveled out-of-town for the first time, strangers — but moms themselves — gave different assurances to help me manage my emotional struggle. One advised on how to avoid the non-stop waterworks on day 1. When another mom and I realized we were both traveling without our sons for the first time, we spent the next hour talking about our joys, fears and failures as first time moms. And when I checked into my hotel, the receptionist told me I was at least the eighth working mom she spoke with that day, and that I was “not alone.” The day I became a mother, I was immediately invited into a large, special community. I continue to find comfort in these friendships, and immediate connection among strangers. Now if someone can just give me the energy to keep up with my son… 🙂