“During our four years of marriage, Armando has quickly mastered the element of surprise for every “monthiversary” or anniversary. From a 4 AM wake-up call for a hot air balloon ride to rose-petals arranged with an “I Love You” message, he has always thought of creative ways to celebrate our love and leave me with a deep sense of wonder as to what great adventure will come next.However, on Friday afternoon of April 15th, 2016, I was the one with a surprise to reveal. After a quick trip to CVS Pharmacy, a subtle light blue line on a stick confirmed that I was expecting. I would love to say that our initial reactions were of utter joy and delight, but we were actually both freaking out. I’ve always been big on planning ahead and a baby had not been a part of “the plan.” Were we ready? Would we be fit parents? Neither of us had ever even changed a baby’s diaper! The closest we had ever come to parenthood was with our furry canine baby, Nike, and we both knew that was nowhere near the real deal. ”
“The cure to all the fear and angst was truly very simple. We were staring at a monitor in the doctor’s office when, suddenly, the most beautiful tune of 150 heartbeats per minute made us fall in love with this tiny human. Every single sacrifice would be totally worth it.“
“I have yet to share Baby Lexie with the world, yet she has given us so much already. Each time her dad caresses my belly as he softly speaks to his daughter of all sorts of future plans, I see my husband through a fresh pair of eyes. Fatherhood sure looks good on him as he supports me day in and day out and ensures Lexie and I have the best care possible. Even his off-key rendition of “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You” melts my heart and proves to me that he does not care how cheesy he may look, he wants the world to know he has a new lady in his life to love and care for.”
“As for me, motherhood has become a marvelous, multifaceted experience, which strengthens my character and being. Every time my daughter kicks or flutters inside my belly, I am reminded that I must strive to be better, to do better because one day a little girl is going to look into my eyes and say, “Mommy, I love you.” And at that moment, I pray she will already have felt and experienced my love for her since the very beginning of her life. ”
Working with Danelys and Armando during this special time in their lives is everything a photographer could ever ask for. Not only did it feel during my first meet with them that I was just casually talking with friends over the craziness that is the Vigoa household most days with my little midgets around but also the precious gift that becoming a parent is. Our early morning session couldn’t of been smoother sailing, everything just came together that day. Special thanks to Danelys’ sister that came along to help us out!
I loved every bit of what Danelys wrote to me about her motherhood experience thus far. Maybe it’s because she’s a teacher and I have a thing for narrative writing. I know that little Lexie will be in the greatest of care and loving home with Danelys and Armando. Sometimes you can just tell who will be the parents that will stay up late working on volcano science projects… 🙂 I can’t wait to meet her soon, she will be the perfect addition to your already incredibly sweet family. Enjoy these last few weeks of having her all to yourself… soon Armando will be for sure trying to make up for 9 months of cuddle time.