My Very First Mother’s Day

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.


  1. May 13, 2012 / 12:38 am

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

  2. May 13, 2012 / 1:35 am

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

  3. May 13, 2012 / 2:20 am

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

  4. 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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  5. May 13, 2012 / 6:38 am

    This is so sweet. Happy mothers day mama!

  6. 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!

  7. May 13, 2012 / 9:38 am

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

  8. May 13, 2012 / 11:59 am

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

  9. 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.


  10. May 13, 2012 / 12:14 pm

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

  11. May 13, 2012 / 1:42 pm

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

  12. 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!

  13. May 13, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    Congratulations!! Wishing you a wonderful Mothers Day weekend…

    xoxxo Diana

  14. May 13, 2012 / 8:08 pm

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

  15. May 13, 2012 / 9:28 pm

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

  16. 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!

  17. May 13, 2012 / 10:00 pm

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

  18. May 14, 2012 / 4:38 am

    aww so sweet 🙂

  19. 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 🙂

  20. May 14, 2012 / 7:54 am

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


  21. May 14, 2012 / 9:26 am

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

  22. 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!

  23. May 14, 2012 / 5:23 pm

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

  24. May 14, 2012 / 8:23 pm

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

  25. May 14, 2012 / 10:37 pm

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

  26. oomph.
    May 15, 2012 / 2:53 am

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


  27. 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!

  28. May 15, 2012 / 2:40 pm

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


  29. 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

  30. 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…)

  31. May 17, 2012 / 12:26 am

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

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