“GODDESSGASM!™” with Tomiko Fraser Hines: Legacy Of Love
I am one of those women that loved everything about being pregnant. I guess I was one of the lucky ones because I didn’t have a day of morning sickness (I can just hear the eye rollings at that one). And I was so elated to finally be pregnant after almost 6 years of trying, that I was even okay with the fatigue, swollen feet, high blood pressure and numerous trips to the bathroom. I loved the way my body was changing and was in awe of the fact that there were two brand new lives being created inside of me.
I documented every step of my pregnancy by taking pictures and videos. There was no moment too small for me. I took pictures of everything! Doctor’s visits, my growing belly, outfits we received for the boys, my husband reading comic books to our unborn sons, and I even took pictures of my growing boobs. They were bigger than they’d ever been in my life. You bet your sweet ass I was gonna take pictures of them! I was fascinated by everything that was happening to my body.
Part of the reason for all of the picture taking is that we want to share this beautiful adventure with our sons one day. We want them to know just how much they were wanted and how overjoyed we were once we found out they were on their way. I realized that it’s likely going to take them years to get through the ridiculous amounts of pictures and video that we will have amassed by the time that they’re adults, but something tells me that they’re really going to appreciate having so much of their lives documented.
I, myself, have scoured through my baby pictures looking at every little minute detail with the hope that it would provide insight into just who I was as a child. Not to mention, my parents and their families, too. I love looking at my baby pictures and daydreaming about what it must have been like for my mother and father.
So this addiction to documenting my sons’ lives is not going to end any time soon. I’ve even gotten my husband’s mother (my mother-in-love) addicted, too. We send her at least 10 pictures and videos per week and she’s lovingly dubbed them “happiness”. Like an addicted person, if she doesn’t get her daily dose of “happiness”, we get a gentle reminder to send some her way. And if we miss that gentle reminder, we get a not-so-gentle 2nd reminder that reads something like, “It’s been 3 days since I’ve received any happiness. What’s going on over there?” See! She’s addicted, too.
And what kind of mother/model would I be if I didn’t professionally document that amazing time? I mean, why waste an opportunity to do what I love for who I love? So my husband and I came up with a great idea. We’d take some very fashionable photos and show our boys just how silly and cool their parents were/are. We love getting dressed up and playing different characters (get your mind out of the gutter…this is not that type of column), so we thought it’d make for a fun shoot to pretend to be “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” a la Brad and Angelina.
The photo shoot was all that we dreamed it would be and we just love the pictures and hope that Bryce and Kaden will, too. The following shots are our favorites and show us for the silly, cool and happily-in-love parents that we want our boys to see.
These photos have not been made public until now. We hope they inspire you on many different levels. We hope you feel our joy at finally being able to be parents. We hope they allow you to tap into your cool and silly side more often. And finally, we hope they inspire mothers and fathers everywhere to remember to love each other through all of life’s ups and downs. Because it’s love that will get you through.
These pictures are dedicated to the loves of our lives, Bryce Harrison Hines and Kaden James Hines. Mommy and Daddy love you more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for coming into our lives and making us happier than we ever dreamed possible. We’re in for a great ride!
Tomiko Fraser Hines is a model, actress, “inspirationist” and women’s empowerment activist. She created “Tomiko Fraser’s Goddess Gathering”, a women’s empowerment and support group, in 2005, as a space for women to discover, develop and demonstrate their most empowered selves – their inner Goddess. She prides herself on living a “self-defined” life. Tomiko lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Chris, and their twin sons, Kaden and Bryce.
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