guest post: my favorite moment during my very first week of motherhood, by Joy Cho

Tuesday, November 8

Joy Cho, from the ever inspirational Oh Joy! is a new mama too! {Her beautiful little Ruby is only a few weeks older than Ever} Amazingly, she agreed to share her new mama moments with us - which I am thrilled about! Thanks so much Joy! And congrats again mama!
A week or so before my baby came, I was at a friend's house and she showed me this book, When You Were Born, that she received after delivering her first baby. There was a line in the book that describes a mother seeing her baby for the first time, and the mother exclaims, "I know you!" Those words brought tears to my eyes as I could only imagine having that feeling someday soon. When Ruby came into our lives (a week and a half early), my labor came and went so fast, that I barely had a moment to realize what had happened or get as emotional as I thought I would during her delivery. Although I knew she was once in my belly and now out in the world, it seemed so surreal that it just didn't hit me right then. Later that night, when we had her in our hospital room, I looked down at her and she started hiccuping. Those were the same hiccups I had felt in my belly multiple times a day for months, and here she was out in the world doing the same thing...hiccuping multiple times a day. I found myself looking at her and saying out loud, "I know you!" because at that moment, I realized that the person I had been carrying around for nine months, who was physically closer to me than anyone else in the world, was finally here. She had the same personality I grew to know and love just by feeling her movements previously in my belly. And now I have this chance to get to know her with the same quirks but with us now as part of our family.

family portrait by Rifle Paper Co.
all photos by Oh Joy!

35 comments:

Petchie said...

So cute! I love these mommy guest posts!

xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

Adelyn said...

How precious!

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Rae Veda said...

What a sweet post. I can't wait to be a mother. xo, rv

http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

Victoria said...

I really loved reading this post. You described it so perfectly. Thank you, Joy!

Julie Khuu said...

Aw what a beautiful story Joy! This series is so fab Syd!...I've got LOTS of time before motherhood myself, but reading these little snippets seriously brings joy to my eyes...can't wait to read more!

xo-Julie
Peace. Love. LOL!

www.HauteKhuuture.com

Kassie said...

I love the feeling of knowing them... we grow so close to them even before they go!

What a beautiful baby!

melissamevans said...

goose bumps!!...I've read this book many times, to children that I've baby sat over the years.....such a cute book....amazing post!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

that family portrait is darling. and that story made me tear up!

Haley K said...

oh i loved Joy's new mama moment! Brought me back to a similar one I experienced :) For me it was also the night after having my son that it all really soaked in...what a beautiful moment :) Excited to check out Oh Joy!

and hope you're still enjoying every second with your son Sydney!

My Songbook said...

What a beautiful moment! The moment you described is similar to a moment I remember as well. When my daughter was all bundled up and sleeping the night I had her, I knew that she was mine, and I was hers. Motherhood is so beautiful.

Alicia G said...

Beautiful post :) And I must have that family portrait!!

Liz said...

loved this. Joy is so creative, sweet and stylish! this post was so endearing :)

Simi said...

I love reading all these "favorite moments" posts. and that family portrait is SO beyond adorable :)
~simi

Sandy a la Mode said...

this is such a sweet story by joy! i love reading all these cuz it gets me soo excited for december when my baby boy is due!!

wildchild said...

oh goodness. that is just so sweet. and i love the portrait too :) adorable.

katie [the bright life] said...

So sweet, I love all of these posts. Ruby is beautiful...and so is Joy! Xo, Katie

Jenn said...

This is beautiful and something I have been trying to explain recently.

I had a miscarriage two months ago and this really helps describe how I felt grief for a person I had never met--I still knew the baby I carried. Thank you for giving me the words to describe that feeling. I have faith that in the future I will be able to know my babies out in the world : )

Emma Frances said...

I love all these beautiful moments that have been posted! They make me so excited to have my own little ones someday! How sweet!

Tokyofaces said...

Lovely photos!

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Lindsay R said...

That just made me cry... So sweet.

Lindsay

Kate said...

Well that just made me tear up! My husband and I are expecting twins in May, and while everyone kind of sympathizes that it will be tough, we just simply wait to hold these babies in our arms... We've been wanting it for so long. Ack, getting misty again!

Shannon said...

I teared up too! That was so thoughtful and beautifully written. And your baby is beyond beautiful.

xo,
Shannon
http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

Tian Shanae said...

so cute

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Dearest Lou said...

What a darling post! The baby is so tiny (:

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hannahstiff said...

That is one ADORABLE baby!! I'd love to guest post about my favorite moment from the first week of motherhood. My daughter is 3 months old now. My fashion, lifestyle blog is named after her:

4scarlet.com

DiamondsandTulle said...

Oh Love Joy and Ruby too! What a sweet post! I hope to have this "knowing" sometime in the near future too!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Nastassja said...

Such a beautiful post. I can't wait to 'know' my future babies like this too.

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Beth said...

It's comforting and wonderful to read stories like this. Makes me less nervous to have a little babe in the future.

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Heather said...

Please email me! I have a question about your blog! :)

HeatherVonsj@gmail.com

Pichi Pumi said...

You described it perfectly. It was the hiccups that made everything click. That is how I knew her.

So now with baby number 2 due in December I get excited every time she starts to hiccup in belly. Because I know it will be the same once she is here.

Magda said...

so cute baby :D

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Tish said...

Oh Joy...(no pun intended) the "I know you" part made me tear up. ♥
Thanks for sharing such a sweet story.

Kristen said...

that book is the first gift i have received since finding out i am pregnant. such a precious story. thanks for sharing. xx

kristen

L!$@ said...

I can't wait for these moments. I need to find a husband already :P

Emily Camp said...

Congrats on the Baby!

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