Do you remember Amber + Chris’ Boho Chic Maternity Session we posted a couple weeks ago? Well they have had their darling Gia and Amanda Gallant struck gold again when she was able to capture this darling family! Everything about this session is perfection. The simplicity is amazing and every little detail captured makes us crave that new baby smell and softness. We had the pleasure of talking to Amber about her journey of becoming a mother and as you read her words I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this family even more!
Holding my new little girl, inhaling her new baby smell, and feeling her soft skin against mine, it feels as if she has always been with us. Getting pregnant wasn’t the easiest thing for me. I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), which didn’t come as a shock since my cycle came only twice the year before I got pregnant. It was over a year-long process for us and it became stressful towards the end of that time as I started to think I may not be able to conceive. After seeing multiple doctors, an acupuncturist, and finally an herbalist, I was told it would most likely take another year. While the logical side of me had given up, my heart and mind still longed to be a mother.
That same year, while Chris and I were on summer vacation in Puerto Rico, I began to wonder what was going on when I noticed some extra tenderness in my body and was tired more often. The morning after I came home, I took a pregnancy test and it was an instant positive. I was shocked and excited beyond belief! Chris had to fly to San Francisco for a couple nights straight from Puerto Rico and the weekend wait for him to come home felt like an eternity. Wanting to tell him in person, I bought a tiny crocheted little bear hat and set it up with a book called Little Bear’s Adventures. Since Chris’ nickname for me is ‘Bear,’ he got it right away and, we celebrated together.
I truly enjoyed my pregnancy and embraced the belly bump. In some ways, nine months was a long time, but in other ways it flew by. My body continued to change as this amazing new creation grew inside of me. My appetite increased and I just HAD to have something sweet after lunch every day … a chocolate chip cookie or piece of fruit! Thankfully, that was balanced with my obsession for salads and anything citrusy.
The pregnancy definitely allowed both Chris and I time to enjoy each other in our last months of being just the two of us. We were able to come to the reality that we were about to be parents. I traveled to NY a lot for work, which was enjoyable until I hit the third trimester. Chris and I took a “babymoon” to Japan when I was six months along, wanting to get in one last big trip with just the two of us. Travel is such a huge part of our lives, and it was so much fun exploring Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka; we had to have walked about ten miles a day. I’ll never forget that beautiful time.
Chris is a furniture designer/maker and is very handy so I have had fun giving him projects for Giavanni’s room. He built her an exposed closet with enameled white shelves and copper hanging rods, and I have loved designing her baby wardrobe that hangs on it. We re-purposed an old changing table my cousin used on her kids 20 years ago, painting it white and adding copper drawer pulls. Chris is currently building my rocking chair and her crib. Can’t wait to see how they both turn out!
Now that our little Gia love is here we both continuously say we still can’t believe she’s ours and that we are officially parents. It’s very surreal to think about this little human that came from the two of us! She is our little miracle, a true gift from God. Before she was born, I feared that I wouldn’t know how to be a good mom since I am not naturally nurturing. Oddly, it has come pretty natural to me and it is like I all of a sudden know how to hold her, care for her, and comfort her. I am not an emotional person, but the moment my little girl was born, I felt a tremendous emotional release and the tears just flowed. I am this baby’s mom. She came from my body.
I kiss her every chance I get and Chris takes her on little tours of the house and backyard, telling her what everything is. I can’t wait for her to smile at me, giggle, interact with us, and to see what her personality will be like. Will she get Chris’ eyes and my curly hair? My dream for her is to grow up with a great sense of humor, confident in who she is and how God made her. We feel overjoyed and so blessed to be parents and look forward to days ahead.