*WARNING: LONG SAPPY POST AHEAD* ....... I love being a mom. Truly, I feel it is kind of what I was always meant to be. I love Bear with a love I never knew existed and a love that has completely transformed me. And one of those transformations is that I have a new found appreciation & love for myself. The world we live in today places so much importance & worth in how you look and it's really hard not to fall into that trap. It would be easy for me to look at this picture and pick myself apart.. the lighting isn't doing me any favors, I have some hairs out of place, my smile is kinda funky.. and then I would hate the picture. That's what I would've done before but I stop myself and instead I think, BUT wow.. I look so happy 💛 (because I am). And I have the most amazing babe in the world and I am SO lucky. And I absolutely love this picture because of those things & I know someday many years later I will look back at this picture and think that these were some of the best days of my life. Bear & I look so happy & I look normal & a little tired bc let's face it being a mom is sometimes (a lot of the times) really tiring and I wouldn't change it for the whole wide world. Beauty truly, truly comes from within. It comes from conquering the things life throws our way with grace and love. I can honestly say I love my body much much much more now, stretch marks and weird pudgey-places-that-were-never-pudgey-before and all, than I ever have before. Because with this body I carried & nurtured & gave birth to & continue to feed & love & nurture an amazing baby boy and THAT is beautiful and something to be so proud of. Being a mom is hard but hey I'm rocking it 💪🏻 & I have a beautiful, healthy baby that I love so much. It has been one of the hardest seasons of my life and I am coming out the other side wiser & happier & filled with love & that is true beauty my friends 💛 Not the crap this world tries to tell you.