After 500+ days of this, our breastfeeding journey is complete. Before I had you, I nonchalantly told people that I had hopes to make it to the year mark of nursing you. Naive me didn’t fully understand the gravity of such a statement — and I definitely never expected to keep going past that mark. There were many days when I wished I could let go of that goal and “have my body back to myself.” Something tells me I’ll miss those days. The math says just one year nursing equals 1,825 hours. Which is equivalent to a full time, 40 hour a week job— except we didn’t take two weeks of vacation time! I’ve learned to go from CEO to milk source in a matter of seconds, without flinching. I’ve pumped on the road, a reminder of being away from you. I’ve cancelled calls, paused recordings, typed with one hand and crafted my days around you. I’ve nursed you through mastitis, thrush, and exhaustion with tears rolling down my cheeks. I’ve drank the teas, made the cookies, and passed on the second glass of wine. You’ve fed on trains, planes and automobiles, with sideway glances from some and nods of respectful empathy from others. Today as I held your wiggly little girls body and offered you myself, you ran around the house, the fiercely independent girl you are, and you declined. Instead of feeling sad, I felt proud and grateful. You have grown — evidence of this time we spent connected and you don’t need me in that way anymore. It’s been a journey baby girl, it hasn’t been easy, I’ve wanted to quit but I’m so damn proud of us. I wouldn’t trade this juggling act for the world, especially when I’m juggling the two things I love the most. If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that breastfeeding is a deeply personal journey for each and every mama and this page of our story has come to a close. Photo by: @angelarosegonzalez
When someone tells you that you’re too driven or too ambitious or you’re dreaming too big, thank them and remember they likely aren’t fighting for MORE in their life. Seeing you set out to achieve is a reminder of their stagnancy. It makes them question if they’ve settled and they likely know the answer. So don’t hold back your gifts because you’re worried what SHE will think. I know, you’re thinking, “How does she know? I’m worried about her.” 🤦🏼♀️ She’s likely not even giving you a second thought so don’t let that fear of judgement hold power over you. Whether it’s your mom, sister, BFF, enemy, the mean girl from high school or your 3rd cousin in Argentina, don’t worry about her. She’s worrying about the judgement of someone else too — and neither of you are winning by playing small. Be bold. Try new things. Step into the woman you were meant to become. Imagine her strength and confidence and take it on right now. And always remember, as my friend @melrobbins said, you will never be criticized by someone doing more than you. Show her what you’re made of and be the inspiration she needs to level up! 🙌🏼 You got this! Comment below with emojis to tell me what dream you’re setting out to unapologetically achieve!
My prayer for you is that your life behind-the-scenes and the screens is even more beautiful than the pretty squares and the little snippets you share. That the moments you live with your eyes up far outweigh the snapshots we see. 🙏🏼 Something tells me that at the end of our lives we won’t look back and wish we had scrolled more. Double tap if that’s your goal, too.☝🏼 Photo by: @angelarosegonzalez
This looks incredibly romantic but I’m pretty sure I said, “Hey babe, smell my ear!” 😉 And he did. I’m not sure how it smelled but this old photographer still remembers the tricks to get photos that make your life look out of a movie. TBH though, this life I am living does kind of feel better than my dreams when I look at this photo. It’s a culmination of a lot of the things I’ve prayed for over the years! If you need us we’ll be on the shore throwing rocks in the water until the sun goes down. 🌅 And yes, those are Drew’s overalls from when he was a baby.😭 Photo by: @angelarosegonzalez PS. I have an entire posing guide/prompts if you want more “smell my ear” type tips to help you guide your clients into poses! It’s at shopjennakutcher.com and it’s pretty amazing!
POLL: Do you make your bed everyday or not?🤷🏼♀️ I used to be a SLOB. Just ask my mom, you could barely see my bedroom floor, because my clothes were everywhere. I wasn’t dirty, I was messy — REAL messy. And then in college I started dating this guy who always made his bed and had a closet organized by color. Like, he was the kind of guy who could produce a AA battery out of an accurately labeled box. 😂 Spoiler: I married him. Anyways, over the years I’ve started to crave order, neatness and minimalism. I 💯% still have piles of things hidden in drawers or corners of the closet, but I’ve come a long way. And regardless of if you make your bed or you’re like, “Why would I make it when I’ll just crawl in and mess it up again?” I hope that you know you’re capable of change — any kind of change. You can grow and evolve and contradict yourself and learn new tricks. And @kickingitwithkutch I’m so glad that I fell in love with the YOU who had Jack Johnson and Family Guy posters hanging in your college dorm. 😂 #kutcherlakehouse
I don’t know who needs to hear this but just a quick reminder that your worth is not measured by the size on the tag of your clothes or the number on the scale.✨ Just in case you forgot! It’s cool if you don’t come out of quarantine skinnier and “glowed up” 👈🏼 whatever that means. You’re surviving, your body is carrying you through this season, and you are doing a damn fine job.