just a little mom-gush

Yes. I’m on “maternity leave” from the Memos… dishing up some lovely guest posts and a few “encores” from the archives… but I couldn’t resist slipping in a small mom-gush post that I thought you might enjoy.

I can’t get enough of this… my sweet angel baby Jude:

How absolutely beautiful is my little blondie?

And these… precious, heart-melting moments between brothers:

I’m doing great. Adjusting to two children has been easier than I was expecting. Perhaps that’s because I got to have a normal birth this time, rather than a c-section. Perhaps it’s been because my husband had two weeks off to help us adjust to our new normal. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been incredibly intentional about “sleeping when the babies are sleeping”. Perhaps it’s just that the Grace has been thick and steady.

In any case, I’m loving it.

Absolutely loving it.

I’m loving the afternoon naps with my littlest baby tucked right up next to me.

I’m loving the smell of newborn hair and milk breath.

I’m loving the teeny tiny toes and delicate fingers.

I’m loving the squinty newborn eyes and hilarious faces.

I’m loving having a baby back at my breast.

And I’m loving having a new person in our family to love.

We are happy. So very happy.

Dear friends, just a quick little check in from me. Apparently I really like the Memos and I don’t want to totally abandon it during my mat leave. 🙂 But seriously, I really do have some amazing guest posts coming up. You will like… I’m sure of it.

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Laura
    18 October 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Oh Adriel, he is just beautiful! Your pictures are stunning and I’m so happy for you and your family. Enjoy those sweet moments; you deserve each one of them.
    Welcome to the world Jude!

    • Adriel
      19 October 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks friend. 🙂

  • Jennifer
    19 October 2011 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for the little post, I had been missing you! Your baby and photos are absolutely adorable. Congrats…

    • Adriel
      19 October 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Oh, too sweet Jennifer. 🙂

  • Carol
    19 October 2011 at 4:18 am

    What a treat to swing by here today and discover that you have had a beautiful baby! Enjoy these fresh and wonderous moments! It is sooo much sweeter the 2nd time around…the worry, the insecurities about motherhood are gone and you replace it with knowledge and pure joy. Congratulations!

  • Stacy S. Jensen
    19 October 2011 at 5:17 am

    Congratulations. I’m a new reader and have enjoyed the mom-gush. It makes me smile. There can never be too much smiling.

  • Katherine
    19 October 2011 at 5:29 am

    Very sweet! Love seeing two in diapers- means you have two particularly little ones:) Enjoy these early days!

    • Adriel
      19 October 2011 at 9:38 pm

      oh yeah, definitely two babies! just one of them is not as babyish as the other. 😉

  • amanda
    19 October 2011 at 5:33 am

    precious!!! makes me very excited about my second little boy on-the-way! (and encouraged that naps are still possible…) enjoy every minute of these newborn days!!!

    • Adriel
      19 October 2011 at 9:40 pm

      yeah, totally! i guess it’s all what you give priority to! i was just telling my husband today that it’s so tempting to use that crossover naptime to “get stuff done” but i KNOW that during this time i really need my daily nap! maybe in a month or two i won’t need it as much (or maybe i will!)… but for now it trumps most other “stuff”!! 😉 and it’s definitely helping me to feel sane and like i can DO this! 🙂

  • Lindsey Whitney
    19 October 2011 at 6:14 am

    Oh my. So adorable! I love that milk breath too, and enjoying all the toothless grins all over again!

  • Kerry McCullough
    19 October 2011 at 11:46 am

    Oh my gosh, congratulations! I haven’t hopped on the blog in a little while and I’m so happy to hear that everyone is happy and healthy– and that you were able to have a VBAC!!! I’m going to have a lot of questions for you when you get back from your maternity leave 🙂

    • Adriel
      19 October 2011 at 9:42 pm

      oh kelly… i’m “here” of course. just not putting any pressure on myself to do much of anything other than take care of the kiddos. i’m around the blog though. love it too much to totally stay away. 😉

  • Nessa
    19 October 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Gush away mama! Love seeing new photos of your family.

  • Heather
    19 October 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful brand new baby boy, beautiful family! There have been moments between my two children that have brought tears to my eyes, those moments that they are in perfect harmony. Enjoy every blissful second!

  • Amy
    20 October 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I have a four month old baby boy… and your description of motherhood and life with two is completely beautiful! I love life with my one baby, and I completely believe that your life with two MUST be doubly as amazing!

  • Branson
    27 October 2011 at 7:33 am

    This post fills my heart with joy! Hugs, sweet friend!

  • Megan @ boho mama
    9 November 2011 at 4:41 am

    Congrats, Adriel! He is beautiful. Enjoy this time, it’s magical!

  • Becca
    15 November 2011 at 1:07 pm

    He is beautiful!!! Congratulations. Your little family is so sweet together. Enjoy your time snuggling that sweet boy. I can’t wait to hear the birth story when you return.

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