What a wonderful world!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Today marks my very first Mother's Day!  I am writing this blog post with one hand (at snail speed), while my tiny prince sleeps peacefully in my arms.  The sounds that he makes and the look on his sweet face, take my breath away!  I wish that I could bottle up these moments, and am not trying to exaggerate when I say that I am cherishing each second with him...

Sometimes it is still hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that I am a mom and that I have the important responsibility to raise a child!  It was only a year ago, that I found out I was pregnant while studying with the Italian educators in Reggio Emilia.  Words will never sufficiently be able to describe the excitement that I felt knowing I would become a parent, or what it has been like to watch my baby grow!

I proudly admit that my son is the very best part of me (and my husband of course!).  He is already a curious and creative little guy who wakes up every morning with a smile and a few giggles. My hope for him, is that he keeps this positive outlook on life and that he continues to stare out of his window dreaming of all the possibilities!

My heart is full today, and every day since this precious angel came into our world.  Here are a few photos captured by Aminaz Karim (of @loveoverlenses) from Friday's photoshoot in Edwards Gardens, Toronto.  Sebastian was 3.5 months old or 15 weeks.  Where has the time already gone?  

Special Mother's Day wishes to my Mama, Marianna Babalis, who is a grandmother for the first time!  She now has two grandsons, and Sebastian met his first cousin who joined our family on May 2.  Mom, I don't even know if you read my blog, but thank you for being such strong role model.  I hope to be half the parent you continue to be!

Happy Mother's Day also to my mother-in law, Andrea Vergis, and of course to all the other special ladies in my life, like my Godmother, grandmother, aunts, etc.

If you are a mommy, granny, or aunty, I hope that you have a memorable day too!

Thank you again to @loveoverlenses for this super fun collaboration! Aminaz, your beautiful photos and the experience of working with someone who shares my positive energy made my first Mother's Day extra special!  I'm truly speechless by your natural talent!

P.S. We selected the Toronto Botanical Garden, Edwards Gardens, as I was feeling a little sentimental from my Fall maternity shoot at the same location!

Photoshoot details:

Clothing for S - Old Navy Baby

Clothing for Me - Old Navy + Sperry + Folli Follie

Hair - Framar Salon

Makeup - Moi! 

Props - Indigo, Crayola, Pantone, and Michaels

Flowers - Yellow freesias that I arranged!

Styling/Details - Me!

Interested in partnering with us or know anyone else who might? Email me here.

I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom for me and you

And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

                                                                                                    -Louis Armstrong


  1. Hi Joanne,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful post with us. Happy Mother's Day! After reading the fitting title of your post, I started humming a tune as I read through your post. Lo and behold, when I got to the end, it dawned on me that my tune had the same words as your quote! What a serendipitous moment! Thank you for that moment of wonder and magic you gave me today!

    1. Oh wow!!!

      Thank you so much for your comment! I am glad that my title, post, and quote really sang to you! This is a very special tune for our family, as my mother danced to it with my brother when he recently got married. I was pregnant at the time and cried my eyes out, thinking perhaps some day I too will dance with my son. I didn't know I was having a son, but now that he's here I hope the time doesn't go by so quickly!!

      P.S. I love serendipitous moments too!! Always happy to share some wonder and magic that might brighten or inspire someone's day!