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18 emotional photos of partners meeting their baby for the first time 😭
Danielle N.R.

There's no feeling that compares to the moment you become a mama, but one that feels just as sweet is seeing your partner with your baby for the first time. Regardless of how your baby came into this world or how this tiny human was created, there's just something about seeing the person you love the most with your child.

We asked #TeamMotherly to share photos of those precious first moments. With more than 2,500 responses, we couldn't share all of them here so if you're feeling *all of the feels* take a look at the full thread.

"After a long battle with infertility, this was the first time my husband held his son.💙"—Jennifer B.

"I'm a single mom, so here's my service dog meeting my newborn. He was there through my labor and delivery. 💜"—Rebecca L. M.

"My wife reassuring me that I'm still alive and that we're okay—40 week appointment preeclampsia diagnosis, and a crash C-section because both baby boy and I were in big trouble. I'll never forget this, truly the best moment of my life so far. ❤️😭"—Danielle N.R.

"I was 34 weeks pregnant with our daughter when he got diagnosed with AML Fast Acting Leukemia, got sent to Indy the day he walked out after a month stay, we had her. He got to hold her first because I was having problems—10 months after that he lost his battle with cancer.💔"—Sarah L.

"My husband caught our baby. 💕 So magical."—Rachel G.

"Our daughter was born a micro-preemie in 2015, due to severe preeclampsia. I had an emergency C-section and was pretty out of it for a few hours after the birth, so I don't have the first pictures of my husband with our daughter, but this photo is the first time he got to hold her–nearly 6 weeks after she was born."—Gaby I.


"We lost our daughter and nearly myself due severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. We got just a few precious hours with her. 💜"—Charissa B.

"I'm a single Mom (no excited Dad here). I admire there are men in the world who live and support their babies! Here is a picture of the first time I held my adopted daughter."—Loretta W.

"After a very long and challenging birth, I had to go to recovery without Everleigh for the first hour of her life. Daddy stepped up to the plate and they've had the most amazing bond ever since.💘"—Rebekah N.

"My husband is a government agent and was unable to be there due to work. My doctor let my godmother FaceTime him to see her being born."—Ashley L.

"Meeting #3 is the only 'first moment of meeting' photo we have—3 months old."—Chelsea L.

"After waiting for him for eight years, we finally got to meet our Isaac."—Danielle P.

"When you fall in love with your husband all over again and deeper than you ever thought - the second you see them love someone your love created.❤️"—Lisa O.

"Our son was born 12 hours prior while my husband was away at training. He deployed when our son was 4 months old and won't see him again until he is over a year old. 💙"—Kate N.

"I knew from this moment that she would be a total daddy's girl, and a year later she is that and so much more! I fell in love with my husband all over again watching him interact with our daughter shortly after her delivery. 💞"—Kate G.

"I gave birth to our first son after 4 back-to-back miscarriages while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan. He met him when he was 7 months old. I was worried he would be scared of him but he went straight to him."—Jessica R.

"This was our first baby. I look back at this picture and have so many emotions. The joy on my husbands face seeing our son for the first time. 💙"—Traci T.

"Our daughter Morgan was born at 35 weeks. Her dad was the first person to actually see her. I was so out of it due to the anesthesia from the c-section."—Tiearra H.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

$70

Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

$65

Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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