Blueberry Boo Kids

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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My little monster in his Wild Thing onsie from Blueberry Boo Kids

When I found out I was having a boy I started browsing for cute clothes and I was not very impressed with the options you normally see at the big retail stores, The have all have so many of the same old designs and are so very basic. I really wanted to find fun clothing for my bub and dress him in unique outfits that come from small shops. Along my search I came across Blueberry Boo Kids. Their clothing is super cute and comfy, and like every other small shop I come across, there is a motivated Mom behind the scenes. I seriously don’t know how it’s done, having children and running a business, but it’s so very inspiring. Thanks for checking out today’s post, don’t forget to check out the links below!

This week’s Mom Boss is Gemma and she shares how her business Blueberry Boo Kids got started 

“Blueberry Boo Kids launched a year ago, in July 2015, I had been selling personalised prints on Etsy for a year previous but my designs had started to become more inspired by my little man and so I decided to split the kids design into a new store and thought about launching a few tee designs. I closed my previous store after Christmas to focus fully on Blueberry Boo Kids and we now have over 20 tee designs. Blueberry Boo Kids is a design led kids lifestyle brand. We focus on modern and fun apparel, we believe that apparel for Babies & Children should be fun and unique, just like little ones are. Our designs focus on Adventure, Fun and Dreaming Big, and are perfect for boys and girls alike and we also offer several personalised tees designed to celebrate little ones qualities and individuality. Blueberry Boo Kids is inspired by my little man, and I run the brand from our home in Devon in the south west of the UK with the help of my husband. Finding unique decor and apparel on the high street is getting harder and harder, particularly for boys, and we offer a fun, unique range aimed at both boys and girls alike. We have been blown away by the response to Blueberry Boo Kids so far and we look forward to exciting things in the future.”

A pregnancy struggle Gemma experienced:
“I was very lucky, my pregnancy was relatively straight forward and trouble free. I had a pretty scary bleed at 10 weeks but a scan showed my little man was in there waving away as happy as can be. Apart from that and some hip pain which required physio, I had no appetite for the first 16 weeks and could only to eat very beige food, Double Cheeseburgers & Mac n Cheese were all that I fancied, to this day my husband can’t eat Mac n Cheese as we ate so much of it while I was pregnant.”

Gemma’s Motherhood tips:

“Every baby is different, no approach suits all, sometimes you have to be flexible. Watching my little man grow up alongside other babies you realise they are all developing at their own rate and that ultimately what ever parenting approach you choose they will be just fine. Also a happy mum really does equal happy baby, make sure you take your own needs and feelings into account as well, especially in those early days.”

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Gemma and her adorable boy

 

Check out more on Blueberry Boo Kid’s links:

https://www.instagram.com/blueberrybookids/

www.etsy.com/shop/blueberrybookids

New Mom With New Fears

 

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The only Dad I surf better than is one that does not surf, haha!

Sooo, I had to take a blog break for a couple reasons. First one being, it’s summer time and there’s so much to catch up on since I’ve been pregnant for almost a year! I started surfing again and really trying to get back in shape after being out of commission since baby Q was born. The second reason? Well, because being a Mom is the hardest damn role I’ve ever had in my life and I’m just getting started. A new wave of fears have found their way into this brain of mine and I’ve needed time to face them and build up the courage to overcome them. They may sound silly to some of you, while others may be able to relate. Either way, fears are fears and they only do one thing; discourage. I’ve spent the last couple months overcoming some of my fears while others I am still dealing with.

I was not leaving the house with the baby unless I had someone with me. This was strange to me since I was such a bad-ass during my pregnancy. I was doing everything alone then and I didn’t want anyone to help me. After my bub arrived, I wasn’t confident enough to do anything alone. It eventually started to bring me down since I was only getting out of the house if my husband was around. I had to ask myself why I needed assistance. Ok, so the baby and his gear are a little heavy, but nothing I can’t handle. I mean, I used to deal with much heavier things at work. I finally realized that I was afraid. I have never been in this position before; a Mom with a new baby. The unknown was causing my fear.  What if he has a meltdown at the grocery store? Or I can’t get his stroller to work or get him in and out of the car seat? Blah, blah, blah. You know, the usual, “what if” bullshit.

Quality sleep is a thing of the past and I am learning how to operate with what I can get. Most days I’m in my nursing bras and underwear, hair is a damn mess, no make-up, and if I don’t have my baby on one of my odd sized boobs (you ladies know what I’m talking about, one large one small) it’s a pump instead. It’s not the cutest look. It’s actually quite the circus. So here comes yet another fear. What if my husband is grossed out by this barbaric woman, with bags under her eyes and leaky boobs, with a side of mood swings?What if the baby consumes all of my energy and leaves very little for Mom and Dad time? What if distance comes between us since I am burned out so often and he is working so much?  I know, ridiculous right? But still, the truth is, that’s the type of crap that is trying to take over my mind these days.

I started surfing again and had to ease into it. Guess why? Yup, more of that negative-ass fear. I was afraid that the water would be too cold, or that the waves would keep me under too long, or that the baby would need my milk and I wouldn’t be able to tell. And the list goes on. I had forgotten that I used to be able to deal with all of these conditions before the pregnancy and I suddenly snapped out of it. I decided to quit being a punk and just go for it. I’m so glad I did. I feel like surfing is helping me prepare for motherhood. It is teaching me to stay calm when things get crazy and it is giving me confidence each time I attempt to surf. I get a feeling of accomplishment, not to mention a hell of a workout.

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So I did it. I decided that I was going to stop being afraid of being a Mom without a helper. Now when the hubby is unavailable, I am totally confident and capable of taking bub anywhere I need to go all by myself, and it’s quite empowering. We have been going on very long morning walks, I’ve been meeting friends for coffee and just exploring again, but now with my adorable sidekick. If he has a meltdown, so be it. I’ll have to deal with it at some point in our lives. If any baby equipment malfunctions, well I better learn how to figure it out, because I refuse to be the fragile mom that stays home all day. No judgment on those who choose that route, it just ain’t for me.

As far as the husband fear…well, I can either let it consume me or I can trust that I married a man that loves me for me and sees right past the disaster I am on some days. I know he does but isn’t it just so human of me to question from time to time?  This is where hubby and I need to make a conscious effort to make time to stay connected and not let parenthood rob us of our love life. Each time I overcome a fear I become more confident and ready to face the next one. It gets a little easier each time.

Overall, we have been having a ton of fun getting to know our little creation. Every time he awakes from a sleep, he is more aware, more interactive, and more amazing. I’m sure there will be real shit to fear in the near future as he gets older, so these little baby fears are good practice. I would love to hear some of your fears as a parent and what your strategies are when it comes to facing them.

 

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Surf Onsie from Robot Monster 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 8 Maternity

MOM BOSS MONDAY

Happy Monday all! I had to take a little blog break so I wouldn’t miss out on my baby boy. He has definitely been keeping me super busy and I am learning how to live without sleep! I’m breastfeeding my bub exclusively and am always on the lookout for nursing wear that isn’t lame. Honestly, Figure 8 Maternity has some of the best options out there. They carry the cutest range and the quality of their pieces are legit. You can even find items for your little bub, if you haven’t yet, you should definitely check them out. Not only do they have great products but the owners Stephanie and Ying are the sweetest! These 2 have been friends or over 20 years! These Mom Bosses have been kind enough to share their story about how Figure 8 Maternity started. Give them some love and check out their links below.

This week’s Mom Boss is actually a duo, Stephanie and Ying. Here is an excerpt from Figure 8 Maternity.  

Figure 8 was founded in 2005 by Ying and her husband, Min, after discovering there was a need for stylish maternity and nursing clothing and accessories for Moms-to-Be that was easily accessible and provided the best customer service.  Stephanie, Ying’s long time family friend and neighbor,  joined the couple in 2009, and learned as much as she could about being a mother, before actually becoming one.  She is still trying to figure it all out.  Inspired by our own pregnancy and breastfeeding journeys, Figure 8 revolves around this fashion sense- Feel Good, Look Good.  Our collection is inspired by our own experiences as moms and while we look to top designers around the world, we’re also incredibly selective.  We try on every piece of clothing to make sure it looks, feels and “works” properly.   We’re all about bringing you the uncompromising style, quality, comfort and service you crave.

Meet Stephanie:

  1. Mom of Two:  Andrew  4 (nursed for 13 months), Ce-Ce 19 months (nursed for 15 months)
  2. Grew up in NJ across the street from Ying and now lives in CT.
  3. Favorite Time of Day:  Snuggled in Bed reading books together.
  4. How do I get it done…I don’t, the lists keeps growing : ).
  5. Tip:  Let your family and friends help you.  
  6. Favorite Product:  Dote Giselle Elastic Waist Nursing Dress.  I was tired of wearing maternity dresses and loved that this dress was so easy to nurse in and so discreet. I wore it with my first and even more with my daughter.  I was able to nurse Ce-Ce anywhere and still was able to take Andrew to all of his activities and no one knew what I was doing.  https://www.figure8maternity.com/item/1474401

Meet Ying:

  1. Mom of Two:  Kaelin 9 (nursed for 2 yrs), Justin 5 (nursed for 3+yrs!)
  2. Grew up in NJ across the street from Stephanie, and now lives in Singapore.
  3. Favorite Time of Day:  Anytime it’s quiet.
  4. I love what I do and the best part is that I get to work with friends and family.
  5. Tip:  They are little for just a season.  You gain many moments when you don’t lose sight of that.
  6. Favorite product: Baju Mama Audrey Boatneck Nursing Top.  Simple, chic and absolutely comfortable – this is the reliable favorite that keeps up with all my daily demands.  I remember walking around the supermarket somehow navigating the cart and nursing Justin at once, and nobody had a clue! Here is a link to all the color options: https://www.figure8maternity.com/product/15101

Check out Figure 8 Maternity’s Social Media and Website 

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Stephanie and Ying of Figure 8 Maternity