March 7, 2016 is the day my life changed forever. For those of you that don't know me personally, my husband and I decided to adopt a baby girl. It was a very fast situation. We moved very quickly and quietly as we completed any and all paperwork needed in order to bring home this baby within a matter of weeks. Our family was completely supportive. Our friends stood by our side. The rest of the world had no idea we were about to become a family of three.
On March 7, we received a text that our daughter's birth mother was going into labor and later that day Brendan and I were holding our daughter for the very first time. She was only a few hours fresh. I will never forget that instant warmth I felt from holding her. I will never forget watching Brendan hold her. I will never forget this day because it is one of the most special days of my life.
On March 9, we took our dear Ellie Rose (short for Elizabeth Rosemary) home. We held her. We stared at her. My mother in law had to show us how to change her diaper. Nothing else mattered except for her. Nothing else matters now except for her.
So my artwork has taken a dive in production. I made my mind up a few weeks into my maternity leave that it was more important for Ellie Rose to know me as her mother. I have spent many hours holding her. Cooing at her. Smiling at her. Comforting her.
She is 4 months old today. She stands tall (with our assistance, of course). She laughs. She talks a lot. She coos when she sees the faces of those that love her. She sleeps wonderfully...I'm writing this post as she naps in her room...She was the missing puzzle piece that I never knew I needed.
Because our dearest daughter is now taking naps on a schedule, I am finding I have time to do things like shower, do laundry, eat a meal, and think about my artwork. I forgot what it was like to be in my studio, using my hands to create something. I forgot how much I needed that release. In a few days, you will see work you have never seen me create before. You will see work that is reflecting a new stage in my life. I hope you are able to enjoy it as much I as I have enjoyed creating it. I hope you enjoy some of the newer features to Morgan Pattison Art that I have in store for you all in the coming weeks.
Until next time,