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I can not believe that Evelyn is 12 weeks old tomorrow. We've had a baby in our house for almost three months, y'all. I think the most surprising thing is just how easy the transition was mentally. Maybe it was having all those months of pregnancy to talk, dream, and wrestle with what it meant to us to be parents, but we haven't missed a beat, and honestly can't imagine life without her now that she's here.
Today, I wanted to mix things up and share a bit about what we're loving as parents, what we miss, and (of course!) the gorgeous shots from our first ever family shoot! Since this whole post is about G, Evie, and I, I've brought G in to answer some questions too!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING A PARENT?
A - I love watching Evie discover the world around her. She's so engaged and interested, and every day she sees more and more. I also melt for her smiles. I will do just about anything to get one of those cheesy grins!
G - Thinking about all the wonderful experiences that we'll have together as a family. The things she'll learn and the memories she'll have from our home.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU THE MOST?
A - How easy it was to become "Mom". I always worried that it wouldn't be natural for me, because I don't like babies. Well, I still don't like babies, but I ADORE my daughter.
G - Just how naturally she became part of us - part of Ash and me. And I'm still surprised how much a smile from her can melt my heart.
WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
A - Effortless shopping! The days of leisurely fitting room sessions and hopping in and out of multiple stores are gone. It takes so much work to pack her up, park where I can get her in and out of the Mini easily, put her in and out of the car (are you exhausted yet!?), and then shop! She's quiet if the stroller is moving, but as soon as I hit that dressing room, it's a scream-fest.
G - Being able to go anywhere we want, when we want. Especially restaurants, bars, and events that we just can't take a baby to at this point. We also miss being in community with our church. We had to wait for her to get her vaccinations before heading back into such a large crowd.
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED FOR?
A - I am excited for her to be able to sit up on her own! It'll open a whole new world of things to see for her, and I can't wait!!
G - I'm excited for her first word. I can't wait to be able to start talking with her.
ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OTHER NEW/EXPECTING PARENTS?
A - Give yourself lots of grace. This isn't easy. You will have moments of breaking down and feeling like a total failure. But you're not a failure, and you can do this. Let go of everything but the baby some days and soak in each moment. They go so fast (so cliche, but true!). Also, you don't know fear until you have to trim those bitty nails for the first time...
G - Decide with your partner before the baby comes how you'll handle raising the child. Agree on boundaries, how to love fully, and dream together about what you want your life to look like with a baby.
That's it! I hoped you enjoyed this update. Let me know if you want to see more of them in the future =)