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Happy Mother's Day

05.08.2016
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

I want to start this post by wishing a special day to my mom... who I miss very much now that I live almost 2,000 miles away. I have been blessed to have a very close & special relationship with my mom and I am so appreciative for all that she did for my sister and I growing up.

She is the glue that holds our family together and I am so thankful for the example that she set for me to be a loving parent. Her prayers and support have always been felt and and even though I don't say it enough... thank you so much for everything!

Happy Mother's Day mom! I love you and can't wait to see you in 10 days!

(photo by Parker J. Pfister)


This year, however... I do have a completely new perspective on Mother's Day as I've had a front row seat to watch Ashley become a mom... and let me tell you... it has been a thing of beauty!

I'm not saying this to brag, or to brown-nose, but I honestly think Ashley deserves the "Mom of the Year" award for the 2015/2016 season.

Even before Audrey came along at the end of May last year... Ashley took such good care of her health during her pregnancy. Daily pre-natal vitamins, clean healthy eating, yoga, meditation, etc...

She read so many books on parenting, nutrition for newborns, and spent countless hours prepping the nursery and making sure the baby had a fabulous wardrobe! (no joke, my daughter has more articles of clothing than I do.)

Then on the evening of May 26th... her water broke in the Whole Foods parking lot and we headed to the hospital.

I'll never forget that night as long as I live. Ashley was so strong, and so brave, and the next day we were blessed with a healthy baby girl!

This last year has been filled with firsts for us and we both grow more and more in love with our Audrey every single day.

Audrey is such a sweet and happy baby and I have no doubt it is because of her mother's influence. My prayer is that Audrey grows up to be "kind and confident", just like her momma. Those two share such a special bond and they both are so excited to be in each others presence.

Ashley seems to have endless patience with Audrey (and thankfully with me too). Never complains when she has to get up to feed her or comfort her. She has really taken to motherhood and it looks so good on her!

She does the whole cloth diapering thing... makes Audrey fresh, healthy food every day (none of that processed crap for our little girl). She sings with her, laughs with her and reads to her non stop. All while continuing to run her successful photography business! She really is a super mom and Audrey and I are both so lucky to have her.

We took a million photos this past year and here are some of my favorites:

Just moments after she was born (the cord was still attached at this point):

(photo by Aunt Alicea)

First nap together on Audrey's birthday:

In our backyard when she was about a week old:

Baby's first trip to California (3 months):

Our backyard in the fall (6 months):

New Years Day in California (7 months) photo by Rich Lander:

Our wedding day (10 months) - photo by Parker J. Pfister:

Another favorite from our wedding day (taken with my iPhone):

Lastly... check out Audrey's BirthStory on Ashley's new website:

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