When I first gave birth to Julyiana in October of 2017, the first 3-6 months were tough, to say the least. She was this tiny 19 1/2” being that fit perfectly in my arms. I remember waking up at 5 AM, watching and waiting patiently for the sun to rise and the sunlight to hit the lake in our backyard, bringing out the most vivid hues of blues and greens. I would be feeding and rocking Jules back to sleep for the second time that morning. I was sleep deprived, exhausted, drained, emotional, and felt like a big mess. Sometimes I would cry, because all I wanted to do was sleep. I would remind myself, “She’ll grow up and I will miss this, even though it’s tough. Cherish these moments deeply.” Those positive thoughts and words would bring me comfort on days when I just felt like I hadn’t slept for weeks.
I remember imagining that one day, our daughter would be on her feet, finding her way out of our bed in the mornings, and quietly entering into the living room - stretching her little arms and yawning like a baby lion. Many times I had thought that day was far away - that the first year of her life we would be living in slow motion. But here we are… she’s 15 1/2 months. I understood that she would grow up and I would miss her being a newborn, but I never thought it would happen so fast. It’s true when people say…
“The days are long, but the years are short.”
Photos taken January 8, 2019
The golden light and warmth of the sun made this winter day in January feel a little more like summer. And truly, is there anything better than being with the ones you love?
PHOTOS Jaymi Britten
DIAPER Honest Company