Photography by Carie Cruz from Peas and Peanuts Photography
Meet Ruth. She is Beauty Revived with Peas and Peanuts Photography.
Allow me to introduce this beauty, Ruth. I first met her in a neighborhood Bunko group. I never left a Bunko night without a sore face, that is, from laughing at Ruth’s comments and stories. Her story of motherhood will absolutely humble you. Ruth has undeniable beauty. She’s stunning, in fact. Let me also mention that she’s absolutely filled with great humor, spunk, and incredible style.
Ruth is proud mom to her three sons, Max (14), Oliver (11), Harper (7), and daughter, Davy (5). When you’re around Ruth, she’s the kind of person you want to know way more about, and you immediately want to be her friend. Then when you’re around her family, it’s like they’re the coolest cats in town. With four children, her life is full of loudness and tenderness, wildness and artistry, all at the same time. She always knew she wanted to me a mom. It was in her from a very young age. Ruth and her husband both wanted four children. Starting with boy, after boy, after boy, she figured, she’d be that mom of rambunctious and wrestling boys. And she loved that.
In her fourth pregnancy, she decided to go alone to the ultra sound appointment, to find out the sex of this child. In case it wasn’t another boy, she could then surprise her husband and family. Next, followed two weeks of total celebration, over the joy of bringing a little girl into their lives! One phone call shortly after that, set the mark for Ruth’s journey to mothering Davy in a way she never imaged. They were informed that their pregnancy was at risk and there were some genetic defects that were revealed in tests. Later they would learn that Davy has a microdeletion of 1p31.1-1p31.3. She has panhypopituitarism, a cleft lip and palate, and congenital heart defects. Soon after she was born she showed that she wasn’t able to digest and stabilize milk/food so she underwent surgery for malrotation of the intestines, and had a g-tube put in to feed her.
After 70 days, many procedures and tests in the NICU, Davy came home. Ruth is very candid about her life raising her four children. She also advocates education in regards to her daughter’s medical needs. She admits she struggles with the dynamic of raising a special needs child along side her three traditional sons. She empathizes with her boys often, and is proud of how they’ve adapted.
The most precious thing about motherhood, to Ruth, is the little personal things each of her children offer her. Their cuddles, snuggles, humor, and special talents. I spent about an hour in their home photographing them interacting. She played chess with Max, baked cookies with Oliver, read books to Harper, and painted Davy’s nails, thus showing me what she finds fun with them individually. I captured Ruth looking so humbled by her children. She’s in total awe of Davy, impressed by Max’s smarts, giddy with Oliver, and cozy with Harper.
Ruth doesn’t consider herself any more of a special mom, than any other mom. Her children are special to her, each in their own way. She’s thrilled to be what she always wanted to be. She is a beautiful mother.