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As a child growing up, I always thought that college was going to be the biggest change in my life.  It meant leaving my parent’s house and taking on more responsibilities on my own.  As I was finishing up college, I knew that the next step of finding a real job was going to be another turning point in life.  It was the end of school and it was time to really start making my own money and pay my own bills.  For me, it also meant leaving the state where I grew up (Michigan) and moving to Missouri.  I was truly going to be on my own as my parents wouldn’t just be a 15 minute drive away anymore.  As I moved to Missouri and started my first real job, I knew the next stage in my life would be to find a life partner, and that was a big deal.  I met Marvin when I was 21 years old in our company’s cafeteria.  We met through a mutual friend and hung out a lot over the next few years.  Three and a half years later and he was down on one knee proposing to me.  And half a year later we were married.  After so many years of learning to be independent, marriage is about compromise, compassion, and consulting one another about decisions.  We worked to make our marriage strong before the next stage in life, kids.

Pregnancy and the birth of Austin was truly a breeze for me.  I never once got sick, I ate well, Austin was a very active baby in utero, and labor pretty much happened just like I hoped it would.  But as everyone says and I believe is the truest statement ever “A baby changes everything”.  And it does.  Going through months of recovery for an after labor body, sleep deprivation, trying to figure out cries, poopy diapers, breastfeeding, and hours of rocking and shushing can take a toll on you but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Becoming a mother is by far the biggest change and reward that life has to offer.  I am so lucky to be the one to bring precious little Austin, a big smiler, a belly laugher, a real talker, and an active kicker, into this world.  I look forward to holding his hand through life’s many changes as he grows up.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom who has always been there for me and is even here for me now to help take care of Austin while we’re at work.  Happy Mother’s day to my mother-in-law who has raised an amazing father for Austin and who will be back soon to help raise Austin as well.  And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there who are simply amazing.

37 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Emily Reiter
    May 13, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    This is beautiful, Sandy! Words and photos both. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  2. Yuanting
    May 13, 2012 @ 1:35 am

    Happy mother’s day to you, what a cute baby!

  3. Magali
    May 13, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    This post is so BEAUTIFUL Sandy! Happy Mothers day to you!! <3

  4. LeeAnne, Style N Season
    May 13, 2012 @ 2:37 am

    Happy first Mother’s Day to you, Sandy! And a lot more to come!
    And you look fab in your previous post with the purple, grey and green!
    I hope I too will be a Mom soon, though I just got married, I’m sure my husband would want that, haha!

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    http://stylenseason.blogspot.com

  5. Natasha Fatah
    May 13, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    This is a melt your heart post.
    Happy Mother’s Day Sandy. Sending you a big hug!

    xoxo
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  6. Nani
    May 13, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    This is so sweet. Happy mothers day mama!

  7. Georgianna
    May 13, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sandy!!! It is such a delight to say those words to you. I’m so proud and happy for you, Marv and Austin. Have a wonderful, special and memorable day – you so deserve it!! Thank you for sharing your journey into motherhood with all of us. xo – g

    p. s. Love that second photo of you two!

  8. Emily
    May 13, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    This is just beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day Sandy, enjoy every second!

  9. Audrey Allure
    May 13, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    So sweet :) I hope you have an AMAZING mother’s day!

  10. Amy Shaughnessy
    May 13, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Aw! I love this post! Happy Mother’s Day. Being a mom makes me appreciate my mom and everything she did for me.

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

  11. tk
    May 13, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day! You look so beautiful in both photos.

  12. Tang
    May 13, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Happy first Mother’s Day Sandy! Hope you’re enjoying it.

  13. Megan Lane
    May 13, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Awe these photos are so sweet!! As are your thoughts on being a mommy to Austin :) happy mother’s day!

  14. Diana
    May 13, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Congratulations!! Wishing you a wonderful Mothers Day weekend…

    xoxxo Diana

  15. Christine
    May 13, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Awww!! I love this. Hope you had a wonderful first Mother’s Day.

  16. ElleSee
    May 13, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    You said it perfectly! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  17. sooae
    May 13, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    you stated it perfectly. <3 there's something so special about black and white photos. Love this post, happy mother's day beautiful mama!

  18. SewPetiteGal
    May 13, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day! Those photos of you with Austin are beautiful and heartwarming – love them!

  19. Jen @ Librarian for Life Style
    May 13, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Lovely photos — happy 1st Mother’s Day! :)

  20. Shannon
    May 14, 2012 @ 1:30 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Sandy. I love these pictures of you and your little guy. Totally precious.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

  21. qin
    May 14, 2012 @ 4:38 am

    aww so sweet :)

  22. Sarah
    May 14, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    Lovely post! I can’t even imagine how our lives will change after our baby is born. I can’t wait to be a mommy – seven more weeks :)

  23. Sharon
    May 14, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Such a sweet post! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day, Sandy!

    -Sharon

  24. Ms. Megan
    May 14, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    How sweet Sandy!!! Happy (belated!) Mothers Day to you sweetie!!! xo

  25. yvonne
    May 14, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    aw this is so sweet Sandy! Hope you had a wonderful first mother’s day with your lil guy. love those two photos of you!

  26. Linda
    May 14, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Happy (belated) Mother’s Day, Sandy! Your little boy is adorable.

  27. Susan
    May 14, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    What a beautiful post! Hope your first Mother’s Day was as perfect as your sweet boy. xo

  28. Chelsea
    May 14, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    So, so sweet! Those photos are precious. Happy first mothers day to you!

  29. oomph.
    May 15, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    Hope you had a wonderful first mothers day!! Beautiful pictures.

    [oomph.]

  30. Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia}
    May 15, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    these pictures are all just too precious, Sandy!

  31. Lisa
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    The 1st photo, with your gorgeous wavy hair tousled, in a simple tee and jeans, is sooo gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! Love how you and Austin lock eyes! Happy Mother’s Day. It truly is a gift to be a mother!

  32. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    May 15, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Aw! What a sweet life recap! ;) Happy First Mother’s Day!

  33. Loulou
    May 15, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    How wonderful Sandy. Congratulations. These pictures are gorgeous … Surely something you’ll treasure forevermore!

    Loulou

  34. TJ
    May 15, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    oh gosh, a very first mother’s day must be so surreal and beautiful!
    many congratulations to you! happy belated mother’s day!
    xo TJ

  35. Marisa
    May 16, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    This is so beautifully written, Sandy, I almost cried! Happy Belated First Mother’s Day!

    Marisa
    http://style-rhapsody.blogspot.com

  36. erika
    May 16, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    happy first mother’s day!

    and thanks for being real about being a mom. I’m not a mother yet, but I love reading your stories about your experience! (expect me to come begging you for advice…)

  37. Miki
    May 17, 2012 @ 12:26 am

    Happy belated mother’s day! You guys look SO cute!

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