When I talk about being a mother I get very emotional. One of the main reasons is because I didn’t think I could ever have a baby. The day I found out I was pregnant, I was 25 weeks along (I know crazy). I was elated especially to find out I was having my baby girl that I prayed for and dreamed about for so many years. Once that passed, I was terrified hoping my baby would be born healthy. Six months of not knowing and no prenatal care…yeah I was a mess! On December 24, 2012 (my miracle baby) Eva Peyton graced the world with her presence. A healthy, beautiful little girl weighing in at 6lbs, 10oz. My heart was full!! Eva is the greatest blessing God could have EVER given me, yet the most FRIGHTENING because now I have a lifetime responsibility to this little human.
BUT WAIT: How could I speak about A Mother’s Tale without speaking about my own. The queen of my heart and the lady in my life that exemplifies the true meaning of being a great mother. My mother was a stay-at-home mom to 3 girls while my father worked. She had the harderst job if you ask me. My mother taught me how to love, be grateful, be humble, work hard for positive outcomes and never limit myself. Strive for the best in everything I do. She also taught me to stand for what I believe in, trust my gut instincts and take care of home. My mother was what I aspired to be to my kids one day. No matter what we go through or how much we disagree on things, I know she will always have my back. Words can’t express the love and appreciation I have for this woman. Now that I’m a mother, I replicate those same values in Eva. God blessed ME When He Chose HER.
For me the natural state of motherhood is UNSELFISHNESS. So for the past 4 years, I’ve spent mothers day with Eva. I wouldn’t want to celebrate with anyone other than the reason I’m a mother in the first place. A simple mani and pedi day, dinner and a movie or something as simple as baking a cake with her means everything to me on MY day. This year is still up in the air but as long as I’m with my baby girl I’ll be at my happiest.
I am astounded by how much I love her….
Hope all you mommy’s out there have a memorable Mother’s Day!! What are your plans for your special day? Leave a comment
Ever have a day when you just want to randomly dress up and snap some good indoor pictures?….Well Eva has those days often and with my smart phone (Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge) I make it happen! She’ll say “Mommy, can we have a photo shoot?” Sometimes it’ll be 10 o’clock at night (of course only on weekends would I actually say yes). I love when she gets in that mode for the simple fact that it brings out so much of her personality and builds her self confidence. She gets so excited when I compliment her on a job well done and show her the outcome of our fun indoor photo shoots. I enjoy activities that instill creativity, imagination and make her personality shine. She’s an independent little lady who loves to be praised when she does good. Since birth, Eva has always been a natural in front of the camera. I might have over 6,000 pics of her (probably even more) and she’s only 4. I know, can you say OBSESSED haha. She’s my one and only so what can I say…
Here are my 3 simple rules for a indoor photo shoot: 1) Catch good natural light (close to a window preferably) 2. A cute outfit 3. Killah/fun poses (sometimes props)
These are the shots we captured yesterday just for fun. Dress by @marinandmorgan photos taken by mommy
“Pose for the camera now flick, flick” (in my Beyonce voice)
I get asked alot what kind of products/regimen do I use on Eva’s hair, so I decided to write a post and share pics of her wash day. I’ll be the first to say I’m no hair guru but I do know through many trials and errors what works and what to stay away from. I recently discovered Eva has low porosity hair (hair that resists moisture and conditioning oils). Not to mention product builds up easily and her hair is protein sensitive making it feel very brittle at times. So I started using the Shea Moisture Low Porosity Line and just after one use I already see the difference. Of course I tested it on myself first because I have the same hair porosity and wanted to make sure it did what it was suppose to. Therefore, I love it!!
Deep Condition: I first pre-poo with Righteous Roots Kids Oil which is a pre-wash detangler that cuts wash day in half. I’ve been using it for about 6 months now and it is magical! Along with this I combine it with As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner then cover hair with a plastic cap followed by the ThermalHairCare hot head (a deep conditioning heat cap) and let it work it’s magic for about 30 mins while she plays.
Co-wash: basically means washing the hair with only conditioner. I usually shampoo but I’m starting to only add that step once a month. Co-washing will help in keeping her hair moisturized being as though shampoo tends to strip the hair. I use Shea Moisture Low Porosity Protein-Free Conditioner (I wash it twice) to make sure I get rid of any build up of products in her hair.
Picture below shows freshly clean hair without any product applied. This also shows more of her length.
Styling: Once hair is washed and damp I apply the Shea Moisture Low Porosity Leave In Detangler followed by Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or one of my faves Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter. I twist and pray it last at least 3-4 days.
I’ll be sure to update on any new products we try in the future but for now this regimen works good for Eva. Stay tuned for a future blog about The Pre-Poo “Pre-Wash Detangler” by Righteous Roots Oils.