I’m Nicole, the founder and editor of One Little Mister. I’m a 27 year-old photographer and mom to two amazing little guys. I really don’t recall what life was like before I became a mother and I don’t want to.
I met my husband, Brian, in May 2006 while cocktailing in a bar local to the town I grew up in. I’d love to tell you that sparks flew instantly and at that very moment I knew he’d be the one I’d spend the rest of my life with, but the truth is, he barely got my number. Looking back, I’m pretty happy I gave it to him. We married in March of 2011. He’s an amazingly wonderful father. And although we annoy the hell out of each other at times, I love him to death and I’m so thankful he’s in my life.
November 9th 2008 is the day my life really began…it may be corny, but it’s true. Nothing in this world could have prepared me for the whirlwind of emotions I experienced when I first held my son. Seven pounds nine ounces of pure sweetness. Caden Tate, my sweet little mister. He was everything I’d hoped for and more. But my joy soon turned to agony after leaving the hospital, unsuccessfully struggling with breastfeeding, and dealing with an awful bout of “baby blues.” Fast-forward a few years….September 1st 2011 I got to experience it all over again and it was just as sweet and amazing as I remembered it being the first time. I wondered for the longest how I would ever love another human being as much as I loved my first child but my sweet little Walker makes it so easy. He is a fireball and definitely keeps me on my toes! Now here we are almost 5 years later; my feelings and fears of “failing” as a mother have quickly diminished…my kids are still alive…and somehow, something that seemed so hard at one time, suddenly isn’t.
When I started One Little Mister I never imagined the roll it would come to play in my life. I really enjoy what I do and I hope you guys do as well. I strive to keep things open and honest around here and I am always open to topic or product suggestions.
That should cover the basics for now. Want to know more? Just ask. I’m content living my sweet southern life. It’s muddled, hectic, and random but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Join me as I trudge through toddlerhood.
If you’re interested in my checking out the photography side of my life (which I equally love), catch up with me on my photography FB fanpage.
If I am not being silly with my little one, or helping my older kids with homework, you are more than likely going to find me in the kitchen. One of my passions is baking,and I also love to cook. Aside from baking and cooking, I also really enjoy couponing and I am a self-confessed Facebook addict!
Through the years as a parent I have grown so much and evolved into someone totally different than I was way back in 1999 when I had my first child. Thanks to all of the wonderful resources on the internet, I’ve learned to develop into a natural parent. I suppose you can call me an “AP” (attached parent). I was in my early 20′s when I had my 1st child, so breastfeeding didn’t go so well with me. I had no clue what I was doing, and didn’t really have anyone to help me through it. None of my other friends were married or had children. Thankfully by the time child #3 rolled around, I was able to do more research on breastfeeding and decided I was going to do it and I was going to be successful! I was able to nurse my son for 16 months and I also nursed my 4th child for 15 months. We are also a co-sleeping and cloth diapering family. We’ve always allowed the children into our beds, but I didn’t discover cloth diapers until I had my 3rd child. It’s a love/hate relationship. I’ve probably tried every-single-diaper out there and I am always re-doing my diaper stash. I love cloth and I am always more than willing to share my knowledge and experience with those who want to learn!
I really enjoy being a stay-at-home mom. I am blessed to have such a wonderful, hardworking husband who allows me this privilege. Once my children are older, I would really love to return to school to get a nursing degree or do schooling from home and get a degree in natural medicine.