Brandi Hargette, a Rockville, Maryland-based mom and poet, allows us to experience the joys of being a first-time mother right along with with her. Her family life is full of love and happiness, thanks to the presence of her daughter Zora and her partner. Becoming a mother has intensified her creativity and even inspired her to start her own business.
Brandi’s Instagram account is filled with love, creativity, and beauty. She’s comfortable in her own skin and encourages others to love themselves as well.
One day someone will ask you why you walk like you’re deserving. Like God is around the corner awaiting the swiftness of your stride. I hope you’ll tell them how close they were to getting it right. That you are, in fact & undoubtedly, deserving. However, God isn’t awaiting your arrival, bc you’ve been in His presence before. The evidence of such, is that He’s guiding your steps. And consequently, your walk can’t be anything but willful. #ZorasUmi
The new mom regularly posts poetic love notes she’s written to her 8-month-old daughter Zora. The thought of Zora one day reading them with full understanding is touching.
Brandi’s Instagram fans have been with her family from the beginning as she shares her motherhood journey with us. We’re completely invested in every new development from baby bump to breastfeeding!
She makes a point to capture the small and big moments (like Zora getting a taste of her first solid food) that come with being a mother.
Zora’s growing from an angelic newborn into an energetic baby who appears to be full of laughs.
I was nominated by @erynamelism to post a picture of a time I felt beautiful. Though I’m an undoubtedly confident woman, to a fault – some might say, I sometimes struggle with being a permanent subject for my “paparazzi” known as @crsfrncs. I’ll feel cute. Then, he’ll take my picture. And suddenly – blemishes are over emphasized, scowls are more apparent, locs get to misbehaving, etc. But if you put Zora in the picture – all my best angles come to the surface. I only see her. I see my best self. I can literally look at her without ceasing and never fail to be amazed. So, this may be considered cheating, but here it is. An usie compliments of my lifetime photographer. Papa taking a picture of me taking a picture of us (@ her 6mo. appointment). I felt beautiful in this photo because my best angle, Zora, was front and center. | “We had each other, and then we had you, and now we have everything.” #ZorasInstagram
And with mom’s help, she’s also learning how to take selfies!
I want to celebrate myself. I want women to celebrate themselves. I want the celebration of ourselves to be without inhibition, and something as simple as wrapping your hair to affirm your Queendom – though seemingly a simple act – makes room for more grandiose gestures. But the basis of all this is Zora, my daughter. It’s one thing to walk proudly. It’s another thing to be the exemplary person for someone else doing it. My day-to-day has now become her how to. But there’s more. Visit @_womenofwisdom_ for the rest of my feature detailing what inspires me, motherhood, & my entrepreneurial endeavor!
Zora’s arrival has also spurred Brandi’s growth as an entrepreneur. One day while wrapping her daughter’s “crown” she was inspired to create Mama & Me Wraps. Her company offers matching mom and baby head wraps (the mom’s wrap can be worn as a skirt, top, or as a nursing cover).
“Falling in love isn’t the audacious act that sustaining love is. And there is no sustaining of idyllic love without battling in the trenches for it. That new love is a rush, but it ain’t where stars are made. To quote James Baldwin, ‘Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” | Here’s to growing up. Never mind Zora’s ice grill. Black love goin’ get this work. ?
Watching this family grow is a complete joy. For more first-time mom experiences and mommy baby headwraps, follow Brandi @bhargette.