Iver Golden

"Life surprised us with baby number 2!  Having been through the birth process once, we knew more going into this one than the first time. It wasn't that our daughter's was bad, but we knew it could & should be more special. That's why we chose a home birth. The intimacy & feeling of self-empowerment exceeded every expectation we had. The most proud moment was having our soon-to-be 3 year old motivating me during labor. We've made sure to keep her included during this entire experience by explaining the pregnancy, the birth and the breastfeeding. She is well informed & such a big helper. We truly think it made the transition to becoming a big sister a little more smooth. 

My biggest fear during pregnancy and these first couple weeks was losing my special relationship with her. I've wondered how the bond between a first born could ever be replicated. She has been my whole world for the past 3 years & I fear I can't give her the same attentiveness I always have. But things are still new & it's something I will strive to always work on, the bond between her & I, him & I, the three of us and the four of us. Witnessing the love she has for baby brother almost washes away the insecurities but unfortunately, I think they'll always linger with motherhood. All we can do is aim to be our best selves for them, us and our futures." Chantal, mama to Luna Pearl and Iver Golden

Adin

"It's hard to put into words all the emotion behind being a mother. I've always known that I wanted to be a mom, but I had no idea how incredible it would be. 

There is something really special about being pregnant with a second baby. The first was filled with anticipation and excitement for the unknown, but the second has been so special to me for different reasons. In a way I know what's coming...and what's coming is wonderful.  Being Barrett's mama, and everything we have learned together over the last 2.5 years, has been the greatest gift. The overwhelming love and pride I feel for that little boy is indescribable; and I get to do it again. I watch him discover new things about the world daily and I think back to his tiny baby moments knowing I am about to have those again, with another little boy, who is going to grow, learn and discover just like his sweet brother. Something about actively living out being a mama while waiting to do it a second time is really special. I am so grateful. 

Being a mama can be overwhelming, but at the end of the day I just want to raise two strong, kind men with big hearts who will be great friends, husbands and fathers one day. I'm going to soak up all the tiny moments between now and then as best I can because I know they are precious and fleeting. One of my favorite mom quotes is "the days are long, but the years are short" and oh how true that is. Even though there are some long days ahead I pray I'll stay present and remember how dear this season of mothering small children is, and most of all remember to fiercely love these little boys." Adin, mama of Barrett 

Baby Sullivan

"The more I think about the ways I've changed since becoming Sullivan's mom, the more I understand what it really means to give myself to someone unconditionally. It's incredibly disorienting (and humbling) to have someone be 100% dependent on you. I used to think that feeling would be so restricting, but it's actually the opposite. Somehow, this crazy journey feels exhilarating and deeply fulfilling in ways I didn't understand before going through it. 

Don't get me wrong. It's hard - really, really hard. I've had the unique experience of becoming a mom while working as a co-founder at a growing startup. I won't pretend for one second that I have it all together. Between the sleep deprivation and hours spent pumping, I'm constantly worried people will think that I don't work as hard as I used to (even though I'm actually working 10x harder). I'm trying to cut myself some slack, but I want so badly to feel like Superwoman conquering every task with grace and ease. Instead, I'm constantly running late to meetings, drenching myself in dry shampoo, and questioning if I've passed that "acceptable level" of caffeine intake. 

These past four months have shown me that you can have it all, just not all at the same time. There are times where my business gets more attention than my daughter and vice versa. In the end, I'm trusting it will all balance out. I suppose this mindset is just a shift in perception of what I thought "balance" would look like.

My advice to working moms is to focus on the positives and strive to make the time you have with your little one as dedicated and fully focused as possible (aka phone free). It's tough to not fixate on how little time you have or how many unread emails you'll still have to answer after the babe goes to bed. When I stopped feeling guilty and started making a conscious effort to give thanks for what I had, my attitude as a working mother shifted. 

In the end, I'm excited to teach Sullivan what it looks like to work hard, be strong, and follow her passions. I want to show here that women can build anything they want, and becoming a mother shouldn't slow them down. Interestingly enough, motherhood has made everything I'm doing at work that much more meaningful.

Just give yourself some grace. Take it one day at a time. And trust that when you care about something so deeply, it all balances out." Carly, mama of Sullivan

Chantal

"After a shocking positive pregnancy test, I had a bit of a breakdown. I had been convinced we were a "one & done" family. How will it be possible to share this extraordinary love with a second? My biggest fear is letting Luna's toddlerhood slip by. How will I balance it all?  But, after telling her the news, she immediately shed light on the situation. I began to look at all the positives & I understood this was our fate. She was destined to be a sister and my husband was destined to father a son after a life surrounded by all women. I'm convinced he'll be as nurturing & sensitive as him, which the world needs more of." Chantal, mama of Luna and her baby brother.

Stefani + ivana

"These past 9 months of my life have changed me, for the better. Never in my wildest dreams did I think a sweet unborn baby girl could change the way I think, see, and do. Being pregnant has been the biggest blessing in my husband's and my life. We truly can not wait to meet our sweet daughter, Ivana! She has brought so much joy and happiness into our lives. And yes, I know in the coming weeks/months ahead we will be sleep deprived, walking zombies, but we will be grateful for every waking moment that we have with her.  Our maternity/family shoot was such a special moment for us. It was our first of many family photos, and even Ivana's doggie guard was present! The one thing that I am looking forward to the most about Ivana's arrival is that I now will get the chance to be a great mother to her and teach her all the things that my mother has to me over the years. That I will get to be a mother just like my mother. A wonderful, strong, beautiful, caring, loving mother to my sweet, sweet daughter." Stefani, mama of Ivana