Let’s Get Real – Jones Family

I’m really looking forward to sharing this next post in my “Let’s Get Real” blog series! My sweet friend Callie was kind enough to share with me about her and her family, and I hope that you are able to relate and connect with her. She is amazing!

What’s special about this time in your life? Why did you choose to do family pictures now?

I thought that this was the perfect time to take pictures because my family is now complete. It’s a little bittersweet for me that we’ve had our last baby, but at the same time we are ready and have all the we need and can handle. This is a big milestone for me because I have been either pregnant or nursing for the last 6 years. Our photoshoot marked the end to that chapter. I was really happy to capture the moments of us all together as a family, so that we can remember this point in our lives. I find so much joy seeing us in a still moment, happy!

What are your kids doing well at? What makes you the most proud of them?

My kids are each really special and surprisingly different from each other. I am so proud of their little personalities and the things that they come up with.

My oldest, Oakley, is so perceptive, conversational and creative for a five year old. She’s crazy stubborn, but dependable.

Brecken is my wild two year old. He is a total boy, but still likes to dress in pink and wear bows in his hair. After back to back pregnancy losses, was my rainbow baby. He is helpful and empathetic, while also being a tornado wherever he goes.

My youngest, Teagan, is my feisty girl and surprise baby. She is 13 months younger than her brother. They seem like twin toddlers running through the house. When she was born, she gave us a scare and was life flighted to the NICU, where she stayed for a week. Thankfully, since then she has been strong willed, bright and bold.

What’s your biggest struggle as a mom right now?

I am in full mom mode all the time and have been so focused on my kids for a long time. Self care doesn’t always really feel like an option and I definitely feel like mom burn out takes over some days. I am still trying to find that balance, but my kids are happy and that’s what’s important to me.

If you could give advice to other moms with kids your age or in similar situations, what would that be?

Becoming a mom changes you so much. You don’t really know until it happens to you and nothing can prepare you for your new life. Being a mom is being constantly surrounded and needed by someone, and yet it can be shockingly lonely. Take time to transition and embrace this new identity, then try to find other moms who are going through the same thing.

What are you doing to keep the romance alive between you and your husband?

My husband and I have been together for twelve years now, half of which we have been married. We were young when we met and so much has happened since we were freshmen in college. Becoming parents has been our biggest challenge and has really changed the dynamic of our relationship. Balancing being a wife and a mom is one of the hardest things. Luckily, we are best friends beneath it all and are still able to find ways to connect. I think the best thing we do is stay up late after the kids finally go to sleep. Even if we are exhausted and should really be getting rest, having time by ourselves helps a lot. Watching a show, having a snack, or just having a good laugh together helps us to unwind and forget some of the craziness that three kids bring to the day.

Thanks again for reading and I hope that you were able to find something that you could connect to!

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