"I have dreamed of having a baby my entire life, specifically a baby girl. I felt like it was something that would happen far in the future, but it's happening right now! And it is very surreal, even 35 weeks in. For me, I think being a mom is especially exciting because I see it as an opportunity to have that mother/daughter relationship I never had as a child. Growing up with an addict mother, I feel like I missed out on a lot... Being a girl is hard. It's even harder without a mother there to guide you and teach you necessary (and unnecessary) life skills, that you don't really realize are important until you're older. I was provided great friends, female figures, and role models to help along the way, but there was so much I had to learn and teach myself on my own. (Still do!) However, if it couldn't be my own mom, I wanted a baby to share those moments with... mother/daughter moments, that most girls are either incredibly thankful for or completely annoyed by. ;) So how ecstatic was I to find out not only that I was pregnant, but that it was a baby girl growing inside me! I feel like my life is coming full circle. I can't tell you how much I look forward to giving my sweet girl the experiences, love, lessons, and advice I wanted and needed so badly at different stages in my life. I only hope that my previous struggles of figuring life out on my own can now be used to be everything June needs in a momma.
Despite some of life's setbacks, I have been blessed with a wonderful father, great friends, the sweetest stepson, AND a loving husband who keeps me constantly laughing and makes me feel beautiful and attractive everyday. I hope to never take that for granted. I'm so thankful to be with someone who makes me feel loved and wanted, even when I don't see it myself. So thank you, Hunter, for being the most fantastic husband to me and daddy to our kids... We couldn't be luckier to have you! I also want to say how extremely grateful I am for this maternity experience because this will probably be my only baby, and I want to remember later, when it might be difficult to, that I once grew this beautiful little life inside my belly. I hope June sees these photos one day and realizes how much happiness, warmth, and excitement she brought to our lives even before she was born. "