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Missouri photographer Haley Garnett has earned herself plenty of fans thanks to the gorgeous glimpses of motherhood she shares on her Instagram account @th3littlestavenger. When she learned she was pregnant with twins earlier this year, she took her 50K+ followers along for the ride as her sweet family prepared to make the leap from three to five.
Haley shared some breathtakingly beautiful portraits of her pregnancy throughout, but as she entered that long-awaited last month, she kicked off a fun, bump-baring series she called, “The Final Countdown.”
You will love these pictures. Oh, and — spoiler alert — check out those adorable babies in the final post below!
It doesn’t get much cuter than that.
Haley’s photos are reason enough to follow @th3littlestavenger, but she also shares her very real, very honest feelings about motherhood, whether it’s her changing body (“Sometimes I’m in love with my body- my new curves. Other times I cringe when I look in the mirror.”) or that inescapable mama guilt (“I have been feeling guilty that I haven’t enjoyed this pregnancy near as much as my first.”).
One of my favorite posts reveals her fears about adding a new baby — or, in her case, two new babies — to the mix. It’s one that I think any mom expecting a second child will be able to relate to:
An open note to my best friend and three year old son — life is about to change for you little one, and currently I’m petrified — a mess about it. Our dynamic, our rhythm, it’s all going to evolve as we become a family of five. Sometimes I find myself thinking I’ve made the biggest mistake because I can’t imagine it being anything other than you and me. I know everyone says that they felt this way and that it passed and they can’t imagine their life without any of their children. But I can’t feel that just yet. I’m so torn up about it, and maybe that’s because I’m an only child myself and never shared my parents love with anyone else. I just hope you know that an upside to two sisters is that you are forever my only boy, my only son, and that’s so, so special. You’re my first born and you taught me to be a mama, to be selfless and how to love absolutely unconditionally. So thank you for that and I hope I never make you feel any less special and loved than you truly are.
I remember feeling the very same way, but now that little Ramona and Ruby are here Haley will no doubt learn what I did: No matter how full they may feel, our hearts will always make room for our children.
Images via @th3littlestavenger