Last night I plugged in my desktop…on which the screen saver is every photo I have ever taken.

I’m not entirely sure how long I sat in front of the monitor, but I do know by the time I went to bed the newest Groupon deal had been posted.

Growing up I never wanted kids, who knew it would become my best and most favorite job on the entire planet.

I could look at pictures of her all day (and all night apparently.)

moosh zen.

best girl to hang out all day in a robe with.

My favorite picture of her ever.

well made offspring.

self feeding lesson 101

my baby and me

sleepy puppy

like mother like daughter.

365 her personality has multiplied by 10 this week.

at least she got my eyeballs. right?

Oh, she makes me happy. I only hope I do the same for her.

This mom gig, it’s good stuff.

Are you the mom you had pictured in your head?

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Comments

  1. *sigh*

    so many sweet pictures of her and of the two of you together.

    I am the mom I had pictured in my head when I am on my own with the kids. And when I am balanced.

    Casey Reply:

    @Frelle, Ah yes, sweet sweet balance.

  2. She is just gorgeous. No wonder you love the gig.

    I don’t know if I’m the Mum I pictured in my head but like you I hope I make them happy.

    Casey Reply:

    @Penbleth, I also hope to keep her therapy bills to a minimum.

  3. The spaghetti sauce handprint shot made me laugh out loud, literally :)

    The rest just made me melt!

    I’m not the mom I want to be, but I’m closer to it than I could be, I think :)

    Casey Reply:

    @Sarah @ TM2TS, There’s a pudding one too somewhere. Two of my favorite pictures of her.

  4. Love all these pics! You two are too cute for words.

    I’d like to think I’m the mom I pictured, and hopefully with just a tad more scolding than I had anticipated.

    Casey Reply:

    @Nanette, Tad, skosh…I’ll take either.

  5. The mom I thought I would be? Nope. The best mom I can be? Probably not. Learning every day? Yup!

    You two are gorgeous.

    Casey Reply:

    @pgoodness, Those “best mom ever” moments make all the crappy ones kind of melt away.

  6. You two are beautiful. :) Hmmm, am I the mom I pictured? I’m not sure. I always wanted to be a mom, even when I was young. I think mom-hood is, for me, a thing that evolves every single day. I’m loving every minute of it, too.

    Casey Reply:

    @Kate at Big City Belly, EVERY MINUTE? You’re doing much better than I am. I nearly lost it at question #345 before 7 am today. ;) xo

  7. I’m not sure I’m the mom I thought I would be. I sometimes think I’m falling short of what I should be. But then, sometimes I think I’m coming pretty close to what I want to be.

    I hope my girls think I’m doing a better job than I think I’m doing.

    Casey Reply:

    @Colleen, I’m pretty sure they do, besides, they don’t know any different. ;)

  8. absolutely gorgeous. you both have beautiful bright blue eyes and she has the.most.fabulous. hair i have ever seen :) i especailly love the dalmation one, the flowers-in-the-hair one, and the handprint! You obviously have an amazing bond that perhaps is even greater than the average mother-and-daughter :) i love the combined silly faces :) awwwwwwwwwww. I’ll stop rambling now :) xxx

    Casey Reply:

    @amy, Not rambling! That little kid and I have been through a lot…and I’d like to think we’re a little tougher because of it all.

  9. Not sure why, but this post made me tear up. I think I need more sleep.

    Am I the mom I thought I would be? Nope. But boy am I glad I didn’t know what to expect back when I thought this gig couldn’t be *that* hard…

    Casey Reply:

    @punkinmama, I watched the last 15 minutes of Tangled and was rendered into a weepy mess. Come over, we’ll nap together.

  10. She is so insanely gorgeous. And so are you.

    Cody is definitely going to have his hands full with 3 gorgeous women in the house! Poor guy :)

    Casey Reply:

    @ClassyFabSarah, He’s been surrounded by ladies all his life, the good news is he doesn’t know any different.

  11. Well, I know where she gets her looks from! You both are beautiful! I just realized, too, that she looks so much like the little guy that played Dennis the Menace! (Which is a good thing because he was adorable!)

    Casey Reply:

    @Liz, I’ll take that one over the Dakota Fanning reference she gets a lot!

  12. ooooh, that’s a GOOD question. For the longest time I knew that I wanted to be a mom most of all. Then I lost track of that for a bit (like ten years). Then I had Miles and then Asher and soon this little girl and I think this really exceeds my expectations while also laughs in my face at what I thought I knew. heh.
    Beautiful photos, lady. You are both such lovely blue-eyeds.

    xo

    Casey Reply:

    @Heather of the EO, I made plans a couple of days ago, I literally heard God laugh as I was going up the stairs. :)

  13. My baby girl isnt due for another 9 weeks so I cant say whether or not I’m the kind of mom I thought I would be – but I do know that I hope my daughter smiles as bright of a smile as Addie does when she is with you. I hope I can live up to my babies expectations as well as my own.

    Casey Reply:

    @Shannon, Oh those last few weeks…I hope the love is immediate for the two of you, it wasn’t for me. Took seven months to fall head over heels in love with that kid…and I’ve never looked back.

  14. Love it!

    I never thought my husband and I would have kids… We actually decided not to.

    Then, 10 years later, in 2009, we had our first guy and two months ago we had our second! I can’t believe how wonderful it all is!

    Not sure if I’m the mom I that I pictured in my head, but we are having a blast!

    Casey Reply:

    @Joy Charde, I’m so happy it’s swimming along for you guys!

  15. god, those eyes. it’s just crazy to see yours copied so exactly into a smaller person. :)

    Casey Reply:

    @tifRN, I’m honestly more shocked by our matching ears. For serious.

  16. I gave up my dream of momhood but was smart enough to revisit that dream about 8 years ago. I’m not perfect but she’s the best thing I ever did. I see you get it. :)

    Casey Reply:

    @Melissa, Totally get it. *fist bump*

  17. She is such a doll, God bless her!
    I am not a mom yet, and sometimes I fear I won’t be the mom I wish to be… I guess we’ll see.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jen, Well when it happens…there’s plenty of us willing to own up to our own imperfections and hold your hand through all of it.

  18. Dude, those eyes! She is just adorable!

    Casey Reply:

    @Tracey – JustAnotherMommyBlog, NOW WITH MORE FRECKLES! Bonus!!

  19. God, you girls are gorgeous.

    I wonder who Mozzi will look like more.

    For us, we were lucky to get a mini of both of us. My oldest looks exactly like me and my youngest like her daddy.

    Either way I’m sure she’ll be a looker :)

    Casey Reply:

    @Liz, To be fair when Addie was born there were jokes about maternity tests. Kid looks just like her dad to me.

  20. Well, aren’t you two just cute as can be? Those curls SLAY me. You’re a lucky mama, that’s for sure.

    Casey Reply:

    @molly, Those curls are the bane of my existence some days. :)

  21. I love this! Your pictures are so sweet! I’ve been going through old pictures lately, mostly because we’ve been having a kind of crappy week and the old pictures are nice reminders of precious memories.

    Casey Reply:

    @Heidi, Because no one takes pictures of crappy memories. At least no one with a modicum of intelligence.

  22. I love the handprint picture – hilarious! And the one of the two of you with your matching baby blues – wow!

    Casey Reply:

    @Anna, And my mom thinks mozzi is going to come out with a different eye color. Pshaw.

  23. These pictures make me treasure even more the times I have with my own daughter (now 3.5), and really look forward to when she is older too. They are beautiful images!

    Casey Reply:

    @amanda, She just keeps getting more fun, in different exhausting ways.

  24. Jessica V. says:

    I want to play with your daughter’s beautiful curley hair… Not really the mother that I pictured that I would be, but don’t we all have a sort of fantasy of what motherhood will be like and what you child will be like? And it is not bad, just different. Not what I thought.Like I never ever pictured myself with little boys since I am a very girly girl. But, I love it! Turns out I am a good boy mom.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jessica V., I think girly girl moms do great with boys. Balances them out.

  25. Oh, those pictures are absolutely divine! You are an amazing Momma as evidenced by the bright and beautiful smiles on your daughter’s face.

    No, I thought I’d be this crazy fairy-like mommy to my daughter and I most certainly am not. Reality is hard but I so enjoy the journey that is motherhood – good, bad, ugly, sad, silly and truly awe-inspiring happy!

    Casey Reply:

    @Nellie, I’d only want to be fairy like if it came with a magic wand and superpowers.

  26. I love these pictures! It looks like you a really good at the mom gig :)

    Also, what kind of makeup do you use? Your skin is flawless in these pictures!

    Casey Reply:

    @Emily, Oh thank you, and as far as makeup? Oy, what haven’t I used.
    Bare Minerals, an airbrush, Laura Mercier, photoshop…I’m going to go ahead and say that good lighting is better than any makeup. For real.

  27. Not a Mom, actually. Wrong furniture. That said, though, I am the best Dad I know how to be – whether that’s good enough or not – you’d have to ask my sons.

  28. OMG, what gorgeous blue eyes! We are a family of mostly brown eyes, although mine are a muted blue green. My son’s baby is 7 months old and she has big blue eyes though his are olive green.
    I am definitely not the mama I thought I would be but I have been a mama for almost 30 years, and I became a mama at age 16, so much has changed since then!
    My first visit here, can’t wait to see and read more, especially as you have your new little one!
    Bernice

  29. I wish I was a mom. It’s weird how people who don’t want kids get them and people who want it can’t have it.

  30. no. no, i am most decidedly NOT the mom I thought I would be.

    But I am starting to like the mom that I am.

  31. I am like you- I never imagined myself as a mom. But then I met the right man and thought, hey- I’ll have your babies. And now being a mother is the best thing I’ve ever done! I’m not the best at it, but I adore it. On days when I’m rested and have my head in the right place I’m the exact mother I want to be. On the other 9 days out of 10? Not so much. But I’m always trying.

  32. When I was little, people would ask me, What do you want to be when you grow up and I would always say, a mom.

    It’s always been true. Yet, I am still not the mom I thought I would be- in my young thoughts about motherhood, I was always much more laidback. :)

  33. I’m so happy for you :)

  34. Being a mom is the best job, but the hours suck. I might have to renegotiate my contract.
    I would say that 85% of the time I am not measuring up to the ideal in my head. But on the other hand, 15% of the time I exceed it, which makes it possible to survive all the doubts, fears, and feelings of failure.

  35. What do you mean exactly by saying “Which reminds me, I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, all opinions and statements are my own.. (…)”? I’m not a pro when it comes to mother and parent, but you got me interested here. Thanks for sharing, now I’ll be visiting mooshinindy.com frequently!

  36. Those eyes.
    On her too.
    I thought I would be a more patient mom – because my mom wasn’t – but I am a loving mom and I am very mindful of showing my daughters and showing them often how much I love them. I hope that balances my impatient moments.

  37. I am not the mom I thought I would be, I can say with confidence I have done a better job then I ever thought I would. I just wish everyone else around me felt the same way. I always knew I wouldn’t have a lot of children, maybe 3 at the most. I have born 2, I has been placed for adoption and my eldest I raised for 10 yrs was recently taken away from me after a custody case of 3 yrs. Apparently my ex was convincing enough to the judge that he felt I wasn’t “emotionally stable” to continue raising my daughter after I had been doing it for 10 yrs. It is a balancing act to feel like I am still a mom. Being a mom is the most incredible adventure in the world.
    One of my favorite quotes about Motherhood is, “motherhood is like albania, you can’t trust the brochures, you just have to go there.” It is so true. It is the most powerful love you can feel along with the most intense need to protect another human. It also hurts like no other pain one can experience.
    Congratulations on being able to be called “mom” by another sweet angel.