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First-time moms touched by instant bond of motherhood

"'Mother' is the name for God in lips and hearts of little children."

– William Makepeace Thackeray

On Oct. 24, 2001, a blessed event happened in the life of Ashley Buchannan… she became a mother for the first time. She gave birth to a beautiful, little girl whom she named Jacey Belle.

"When I first saw Jacey, I couldn't believe my husband Ben and I had created this perfect, little person," she said.

Ashley enjoys every aspect of motherhood, although it is a full-time job and keeps her very busy.

"I didn't realize how demanding a baby would be. It's not like you can say, 'Hold on a minute,'" she said with a grin.

Some of the things Ashley thinks are important about raising a child are manners, morals and discipline.

"I think discipline of children is what's missing today. Lack of discipline makes for irresponsible adults," she said.

Ashley also thinks it is important for new moms to stay home and raise their babies if at all possible.

"The biggest way my husband helps me is by working two jobs so I can stay home with Jacey," Ashley admitted.

Ashley sums motherhood up by saying, "The minute your baby is born, you feel this unconditional love for them. I didn't think I could ever love anything that much."

Heidi Hart and Elasia Anne

Just nine days ago a new baby girl entered into the world. Her name is Elasia Anne. The new mother's name is Heidi Hart.

"When I first saw her, I was so excited that it was a girl, and I couldn't believe how much hair she had," exclaimed Heidi.

The proud father Rod helped with the birth, and according to Heidi, did real well. Heidi's 10-year-old step-son Deric was also present at Elasia's birth and is so proud to have a baby sister.

"Both her dad and brother are already bonding with her, and I didn't expect to fall in love with her so fast," Heidi admitted. "It amazes me that I carried this child for nine months and now we can already see her resemblance to us," she added.

Heidi explains that the hardest thing about being a new mother so far is feeding the baby in the middle of the night.

"It takes getting use to," Heidi said.

Both Heidi and Rod said they want to make sure they teach Elasia their Christian values.

"We want to teach her that God is there for her like He's been for us," Heidi said.

Heidi's advice to other new moms is: "Although there is a lot of bliss at the beginning, it's not all bliss. But overall it is such a beautiful experience, just relax and enjoy the time with your child."

Camilla Horst and Austin Brodie

On Oct. 26, after 36 hours of labor, Camilla Horst of Chino Valley brought a little bundle of joy into the world – her first child, a son Austin Brodie.

"Being a mom is a lot of fun; he's a real joy," Camilla said. "I'm very fortunate that Austin is such a happy baby. He smiles all the time," she added.

Camilla admits that being a first-time mom is a big change.

"The hardest thing is trying to remember everything you have to take with you for the baby when you go out."

Her advice to other new moms is not to take things too seriously, just go with the flow.

Camilla and her husband Fritz have strong religious beliefs and definitely want to instill these beliefs in Austin.

"My husband is great with the baby. He does everything with him that I do," Camilla said. "Our favorite time is our bedtime ritual. We give Austin his bath, read him a story and cuddle with him before putting him to bed," she explained.

"My mother was always a big part of my life," Camilla recalled. "She made it a point to be very involved, and I want to follow her example as a mother."

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