meet amanda. . . aka mamawatters . i have admired this lovely lady on instagram for quite some time and got in touch with her about doing a lifestyle session with her and her two babes, theodore louie + stella vivienne. theo might be the cutest newborn on the planet and stella is a spirited little cutie.
i walked into amanda’s home and instantly felt inspired. it is so welcoming, warm, and filled with goodies and trinkets that i was instantly attracted to. the thrifted furniture, vintage finds, toys, diy projects, and art. i knew i could tell a story. the story of theo’s growth after being in the nicu, the story of how the watter’s family has grown ever since their move from iowa, the story of how amazing motherhood can be and the magical look in stella’s eye when she’s looking at her mom, the way they like to paint together including stella sneaking into the bathroom and painting on day old anthropologie towels. the way they make hot cocoa with tons of mellows. the disappointment when stella realizes little freshie is closed on monday’s or listening to her roar like a lion, the way they explore through the city holding hands and feeding ducks and wearing tutus .
and that’s just what they did.
i asked amanda a little about her family, what motherhood meant to her, her favorite part of our adventure, and her favorite things about each of her children .
also, her advice for mama’s to be .
+ my favorite part of our session together was when we ventured to the park. it is one of our favorite places in the whole wide world and is where our family flocks to make memories, no matter the time of year.
+ being a mother is something i have always wanted to be. it is profoundly exhausting and deeply moving all at the same time. it has continued to reveal more joy and smiles than i ever thought was possible to experience in one lifetime, and for that I am so grateful. Motherhood has brought forth my true self, and in turn, has given me such a beautiful and honest perspective on life. it has taught me how to appreciate what i have been given and has made me slow down and savor the little things, while focusing on virtues such as patience, persistence, and forgiveness. it has made me so thankful and indescribably happy. it is, after all, also harder than i could ever dreamt, but it is what makes this journey such a humbling one.
+ oh, i how i love this little family of mine. we love getting out and about to explore our city just as much as we cherish saturday nights spent inside watching movies. we do pretty much everything together and are each other’s support system. the four of us are also very silly and love rolling around in our bed on the weekends, reading books in goofy voices, and sharing stories around our dining room table. we often joke how funny it would be if there was a hidden camera in our home to capture all of our quirks. people would think we are quite weird i am sure. but fun, nonetheless. andrew and i are grateful for the ways our children encourage us each day to learn and grow and continue to pursue the best versions of ourselves.
+ my favorite thing about stella bear is also the thing that makes her quite difficult at times – her independence. she has always been such an autonomous little squirt, and we love her for that. and theo, i love his gentle nature. he is such a tender and sensitive little soul. i adore that about him, for it is such a contrast from his older, more serious big sister.
+ if i had one piece of advice for mama’s to be, it would be to remember that everything is a phase. everything, whether it be torrentially frustrating or wondrously cute, is fleeting. remember this when your toddler is having a meltdown in public and also when she gives you a bear hug on your legs while you are making supper. it helps one appreciate the entire journey with all of it’s ups and downs.
i am so so so happy to now call amanda a friend and cannot wait to have more play time with stella and have more cuddles with theo .
enjoy the small window of their lives that i got to photograph this day .