Wow, nobody really prepped me for this whole motherhood thing, but I guess, how could they? I spent the better part of a year prepping myself, experiencing the little man growing inside of my belly, feeling his hiccups, receiving his kicks and jabs, and carrying him laboriously through several countries as we moved from Nicaragua to Napa, California only two short months before his birth. The ultimate payoff was seeing his sweet face the day he was born, when they put him on my chest and in a moment, his gaze met mine and he calmed his cries and I let out mine. These written words cannot express the emotions that moment evoked. What an amazing thing we do as women! How incredible it was that one second, I was laying on an operating table and the next, I have a warm snuggly babe in my arms. It’s amazing that anyone can do this; to have a child and to be a parent. You don’t have to be extremely wealthy or a high dollar celebrity to have this warm, whole happiness. Nobody told me just how euphoric it all is!
Even more amazing now, is watching him grow. My natural anxiety as a first time mother got the best of me in the hospital the first couple of days, but now, we are learning together, he and I, and everyday we get better and better at making him one big, healthy little man. Thankfully we had lots of help from the incredibly compassionate, kind and caring nurses at Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa. They had amazing prenatal classes for us to take too, like Daddy boot camp, which was life changing for my husband Benny. All the classes were led by the wonderful Napa Valley nurses, in which we saw later in the hospital during our stay and were essential in our first days as parents.
When I brought him home, I knew I had to document how small and perfect he was because this moment wouldn’t last for long. This would be my most fun and meaningful photo shoot yet, and I think you can see the Love just oozing from these photos of my tiny little bundle of perfection. I present to you, Maverick Paul Love. A six-pound fifteen ounce package of gorgeous sunshine at a mere seven days old.