Amber Lee Eckert (36), Sullivan "Sully" (4), and Bowie (18 months)
Naples, FL | Wheaton, IL | Photographed in Chicago, IL
Amber is a previous project participant. You can view her original photo and story here.
Amber shares -
"I had one miscarriage between the births. We had been trying for baby number two and miscarried very early in the pregnancy. Four months later we found ourselves pregnancy with our daughter.
Being a mother has never made me more aware or more proud of what my body is, what it can accomplish, and what it has gone through. I love my lumps, bumps and wobbly bits, I’ve earned them. I never knew how strong I was physically (emotionally too) until I became pregnant and had children. It's truly amazing and badass
With our second child, my daughter Bowie, she decided to show up a month early, yet stayed rooted sideways in my ribs. After a long and scary day I had an emergency cesarean and out she came, a little bitty thing. She terrified me she was so small, and she got carted off straight away to the NICU for her first week. I was angry I had a cesarean at first, especially since it took an accomplice and a wheelchair to get me by her side all hours of the day and night when nurses told me to stay in bed and rest. I felt angry and helpless, until she was in my arms, then I knew that I had to be stronger for myself and for her, so I just was.
I had really bad postpartum depression with my first child, so I was scared of that again, but I was fortunate not to experience it the second time. Healing from a cesarean sucked but damn our bodies are tough. It wasn't at all what I expected, but really, what in life is?
You are stronger than you know. Kindness fixes most things. Always stand up for whats right for you and what you believe in, even when your voice is small, it is mighty. And that I can accomplish abso-fucking-lutely anything if I try hard enough.
I found 4th trimester in 2013 when my son was born and I was a new mom. I was completely captivated by this movement and the women who joined in. I was in awe of the fearlessness of motherhood, which is the scariest and most exciting thing I've ever experienced.