My Motherhood Story: Swaddled Snuggles
To say that it was a pleasure to meet baby Stone and his mom Bailey would be a ridiculous understatement. This Texas native welcomed us in to her casual chic DC home with open arms, and showed us only the finest southern hospitality. (Our water glasses may or may not have been cooled down with big square ice cubes meant for whiskey.) We're SO excited to share some beautiful photos from our time with this smiley duo, and some of Bailey's reflections on how motherhood has totally transformed her life – in the most wonderful ways.
Name: Bailey Weaver
Occupation: Mom :)
Favorite Things: Pizza, snow, haircuts, and historical fiction
"(Motherhood) brought out someone that I think I was always supposed to be, a more comfortable, more natural version of my previous self."
What do you admire most about your mom? The way she is always herself. No matter the environment or the people she is around, my mom is genuine.
How has being a mom changed your life? Gosh. How has it not changed my life? Becoming a mom reached deep inside of me and brought out someone that I think I was always supposed to be, a more comfortable, more natural version of my previous self.
What is the most important thing motherhood has taught you? That everyone is someone's baby.
Proudest mom moment? I feel proud when he smiles at people other than me and my husband, because I imagine him growing up to be a friendly, considerate boy.
"I feel proud when he smiles at people other than me and my husband, because I imagine him growing up to be a friendly, considerate boy."
What is a day in your life like? Silly. Full of lots of weird noises, talking to someone who can't talk back, and rolling on the floor. And lots of walks through our neighborhood.
How do you stay inspired? I learned early on after having Stone that I need to have something for us to do outside of the house every single day. Even if it's just the grocery store or a coffee shop, getting out and being with him in outside in the world is just so much fun to me.
How do you see creativity developing in your son? It's so interesting to see his preferences start to develop. Which toys he consistently reaches for, the things that he laughs at and concentrates on. It's crazy to see that he's such a unique person even as a baby!
What did you frame with us? A photo of a swaddled up Stone in my arms about two weeks after he was born.
What makes it special to you? I'm wearing a bracelet that was given to me by my best friend who has taught me a lot about what it is to be a good mother. Also, it feels like a good representation of our first couple of months together. I had a pretty hard recovery after he was born, so sitting and snuggling him was all I could do for a while.
How do you feel when you look at your frames? So thankful.
Is that dust in our eyes, or are we tearing up? Do you have a photo that captures how you feel about your mom? We'd love to frame it for you.