“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
I have always admired strong women. After giving birth I am completely amazed by women. Our bodies are such a gift and they are capable of so much. I never knew the strength I had inside of me until March 5th, 2017. Labour was the hardest thing I have ever done and I am so grateful for the support I had with me in the delivery room. My sister in law was there the entire time giving me encouragement and so much positivity. My midwives and nurses kept me focused on the present moment. One of my best friends walked into the delivery room just as I was pushing! At the time Arctic was born there was at least ten women in the room and you could feel the support and love. I have a deeper respect for all women.
My fiance kept us all laughing during labour with his whit and jokes! My pregnancy was not easy. He made so many sacrifices and made sure I was taken care of. The best moment was when my fiance was given Arctic. I have never seen him look so in love and in complete bliss. I thought I loved him before we had a baby, now watching him be a dad I feel as though my heart is outside of my body. He is so in love with Arctic and this little girl is so lucky he is her Dad.
My mom raised me to “be kind,always”. She is the type of mother who would never just take my side because I’m her daughter. She would always encourage me to take into perspective the other persons feelings. She raised me to be independent, strong and live my life leading with my heart. I spent my childhood in our backyard playing with our German Shepherds and driving my Barbie convertible car with my sister by my side. I dressed my poor brother up in my clothes and put all my cousins in numerous plays that I directed and starred in. I loved my childhood and I am so grateful to have been given the parents I have. My parents were so young when they had me. My Dad had just started his company. After becoming a parent I am just in awe at how much my parents sacrificed for us and just how much they love us. I have such a deeper appreciation for them. This is truly what life is all about. I feel like things are coming full circle. It has been such a blessing having my family come meet our new baby! This last week has been like Christmas morning everyday. I am just trying to be present and soak in every moment.
Photography by: Amy Hemmerling