Chrissy Pedrena and Auden Quinn Golik-Pedrena (8 months)
Chrissy says that she never thought being a parent was as difficult as people made it out to be. "I always rolled my eyes at Facebook posts of tired parents, never really listened to family talking about their children, and I definitely took my mothers complaints with a grain of salt. That was until I had a baby. I have never been more tired, grumpy, paranoid, or disheveled in my life". She has a new respect for mothers. "Everything a mother does is for her children. Every step of my day revolves around her. I feel like since I became a mother I feel closer to the mothers in my family. I secretly have deep admiration for my aunts who raised their children alone, or my cousin who became a mother before graduating high school. Because I feel like I'm barely keeping it together, how did they do it?"
A person near and dear to Chrissy is presently navigating the tragic loss of their infant, very close in age to her own. The tragedy and grief in the wake of this has greatly affected her experience as a friend, partner and parent.
Chrissy always thought the women in these photos were so brave and thought maybe she'd do it if she got a chance. "I'm not tall, and according to my BMI, I'm obese. But I'm a mother, and I'm proud of us".