You know those people you meet, and it’s INSTANT “I LOVE YOU SO FREAKIN’ MUCH!”? Yup, that was Analee and me. A mutual friend introduced us, and the rest is history. Kelly–we’re forever indebted to you for making the magic happen.

From the time I met Analee and her husband, they were already googly-eyed talking and dreaming about one day having a baby girl (At that time, they had two ridiculously cute, hilarious boys). It was literally joy unspeakable when they found out this past year that they were going to be parents to a little lady! So many happy tears, squeals, hugs, and great anticipation for this little one’s arrival :).

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

I told Analee that I had to take some newborn pictures for her and Penny before I moved. And even though packing with two littles of my own was a crazy circus, I knew stealing away to take these pictures for her would be 10000% worth it. I may have been a little stinky, but when I told her that, she just responded with “ditto” — we’re a great pairing, I tell you ;).

In case you don’t know her, Analee is a massive-hearted hostess with the mostest, professional full time encourager, and a big-dreaming, deep-thinking mama to three beautiful kids. Her laughter is contagious, and her wisdom sticks with you. She and I wanted to keep this shoot a bit more intimate (and manageable), so it’s just her with Penelope–the newest, sweetest addition to the family. To say that I LOVED catching up with this one and seeing her with the most delicious little doughy-croissant of a baby in all the land is an understatement.

[Along with the photos, i’ll be including a reflection that she wrote recently on motherhood. It’s too good not to share. You’re welcome in advance.]

 

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

 

 

I AM MOTHER.

“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.” – William Macneile Dixon.

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

My 3 humans are everything to me (And the handsome man partnered with me in the stewarding of their unique souls expression in this life). I feel deeply honored to be their mother, through all the highs and lows, cuddles and meltdowns. 

The dance of motherhood has brought out my greatest strength and my greatest vulnerability. I have housed 3 humans in my body. I have undergone 4 major abdominal surgeries (One being an appendectomy while 5mo pregnant with Jax and nursing 20mo Cruz). Proof of life is seen by the severe diastisis in my core, that made room for them. I have provided years of nourishment from this body. The constant hyper vigilance of their well being, lack of sleep, no sick days, back pain to bed rest is no easy task. At times, I have given of my mind, body, and spirit, until it has felt like I have had nothing left. 

And i would do it over again. 

No question.

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

Nothing compares to the depth of love and joy they are (Y’all, I’m not talking about every waking minute, of course! Outside of the tantrums and whining. I’m talking about my higher self, non ego, grounded, not stressed/ triggered, but well rested mama moments. You know what I mean. I’m focused on the romantical gift side of things.)

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

They highlight my need to heal, expand, and grow up. To actually live the way that I tell them to, but don’t always show them. They call me to my higher self. And they may be dependent on me, but little do they know, they are my greatest teachers. Parenting isn’t about raising a child, it’s about raising a parent.

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

And I know I’m a broken record here, but I have been deeply impacted by Dr. Shefali Tsabary in regards to parenting. Read her stuff! The Concious Parent and The Awakened Family. 

     Santa Barbara Newborn Photography | Elizabeth Lucht

 

Sweet friend, thank you for opening your mama’s heart and sharing such beautiful and sacred thoughts on mothering. Cruz, Jax, and Penny are the luckiest to have you. Can’t wait to see you again sooner than later and give you a massive squeeze!

 

You can see more of Analee and her kiddos here!