Petit Mod

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Classic High Tops from Petit Mod

Since I’ve started this IG/Blog thing, I’ve come across a lot of women, a lot of Mom Bosses if you will. There has been a handful that I have become so fond of over the last year and today I share one with you. Her name is Jenny and she makes your littles the cutest shoes ever. When I asked to feature her, she was concerned that her story would be too sad for the readers. While her story is sad, it is also very inspiring and I’m glad she decided to share it with us. Jenny’s story is a great read and reminder to be thankful for what we have each day, what we don’t have, and to always keep a positive light in life. Not only is she a breath of fresh air, she is amazing at what she does. After you meet Jenny and read her story, don’t forget to stop by her shop and check out her beautiful collection of little shoes.

Jenny is this week’s Mom Boss and her biz is Petit Mod

Hi there! My name is Jenny Thompson and I’m the one woman show behind Petit Mod.  I manage, design, hand trace, cut and sew high quality leather baby shoes while I chase around my 3 kiddos. Levi is 6, Everlea is 3 and Finn is 1. I probably would have gone crazy long ago if it weren’t for my amazing husband Graeme who keeps us all in check! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better. I hope I can share something that will be insightful or helpful in some way!

I’ve always loved to create things. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I HAVE to make things. I love before and afters and anything DIY. A few of my favourite things to work on are vintage furniture re-finishing, home renovations, and I’ve always loved to sew.

After having kids, my creativity was focused on making things for them. But if I’m honest, it’s not just for them, it’s for me too! I needed a way to feel connected to other moms without having to go for play dates all the time. I’m a bit of a homebody. So it was just a matter of time before I ended up opening an Etsy shop. I’m not entirely sure what made me stop at shoes though. Something about making a tiny pair of baby shoes is just so satisfying…and cute! I can’t get enough of them!  When my daughter was almost 1, I decided I wanted to create a modern version of a soft soled shoe for her with trendy prints but using durable leather. I came up with a design and it wasn’t long before people were commenting on my daughter’s shoes.  I began selling them through Etsy and they seemed to be a hit! Eventually, I decided I wanted to try my hand at leather moccs and shoes. I took a risk and purchased a used industrial sewing machine, had it fixed up (which was a story in its own) and began designing some new patterns. It’s taken me months and months of tinkering with my designs, sourcing the best leather, heck, just learning how to use my beast of a machine! I even took some time off in the summer to take a government run program which included creating a business plan, registering my business and applying for a grant – which I was approved for! All while trying to be a half decent wife and mom to my 3 babies and amazing husband. I was able to re-brand and re-launch in November and I’ve been having the most fun figuring out this business! It’s my release at the end of a long day of mothering! I love this stage of my life, no matter how challenging it is, and I’m enjoying getting to know so many other inspiring mommies along the way.

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My bub just as happy as can be in his shoes from Petit Mod.

Jenny’s pregnancy struggles

A struggle I’ve had to deal with during pregnancy is such a loaded topic for me, as I’m sure it might be for many, many other moms. I don’t even really know where to begin. I’ve had a few significant struggles, but I guess I’ll start by saying that I’m a mom of 3 living children, but I have had 4 babies and consider myself a mother of 4 through and through.

Her name is Thea Rosalie and she was born still at 40 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy. After a beautiful and uneventful pregnancy, at 3 days past my due date, I, along with my husband and 16 month old son, were getting anxious to meet our sweet new baby girl. As I went about my day, getting acupuncture and doing a little last minute dress shopping for our new arrival, I noticed that I hadn’t felt any movement from her that day. Long (LONG) story short, we ended up in the hospital, with my husband, doula and midwife by my side as I was induced late at night. After a very quick 3 hour labour that was full of a rollercoaster of emotions – fear, hope, longing, sadness, laughter, love, anxiety… you name it – we were blessed to hold our precious angel as she lay still in our arms. The cause of death was evident. A true knot had formed in her umbilical cord which had cut off her supply of blood and oxygen. She was glorious. From her dark down covered head to her cute little toes. 7lbs 14 ounces of perfection. And we had to say goodbye. She wasn’t ours to keep in this life, but since that day the experience of her has changed me forever.

Through this experience, I have learned so much. I have learned to embrace life, rather than fearing the inevitable.  I have learned firsthand the beauty that can accompany death. To some, “beauty” may seem like a far stretch. But I don’t think so. It brings a change of heart, a greater appreciation for what we have, a love so deep that not even death can break the bond, a greater understanding of others pain, and so many more blessings.  Our hearts are at peace with Thea’s passing. I won’t pretend that my next 4 pregnancies after losing her (2 of which ended in miscarriage) were as magical as my first 2, they were very challenging on an emotional level. But with the births of my 3rd and 4th babies came such healing, gratitude and so much love and light.

Jenny’s motherhood tip 

Mamas, WE ARE STRONG! Our love for our babies is fierce and unfailing and pure. This journey of motherhood is the hardest, most devastating, fun, baffling, educational, growth inducing, pride inducing, GUILT inducing, exciting, boring, exhausting, ETC, journey ever!!Embrace life and ride the waves with glory girls! 

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Stunning Mom Boss, Jenny Thompson

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Jasemet

MOM BOSS MONDAY 

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Black and white Jasemet Cover with the cutest baby inside!!!

So this new mom thing…I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. What I’m actually getting the hang of is winging it. I’m a pro when it comes to Q’s blow outs and forgetting the diaper bag at home. I can nurse just about anywhere with almost no one noticing and I have to say, it feels good. It feels great to feed my kid whenever I need to, without going to bathroom stall or somewhere inappropriate to eat. One of my favorite Mom accessories are these multipurpose car seat covers. They have allowed me to protect my baby from all those baby crazy stranger hands and come in handy on any occasion. I use mine to feed Q wherever we are, as a blanket when it becomes unexpectedly chilly, and as a seat cover when he sits in shopping carts. It’s definitely a product I would recommend for all moms to have. This week’s mom boss is Shelly of Jasemet and she makes these lovely covers. Be sure to check out her story and receive 20% off  using code: livewellmama!

This week’s mom boss is Shelly and her business is Jasemet

I knew breastfeeding was going to be part of my motherhood journey from the very beginning of my pregnancy. Mother nature always has plans of her own so my first son was born at 26 weeks and I decided to exclusively pump for him. I was blessed to have the opportunity to breastfeed my second son and I quickly realized that I needed a nursing cover. This is when I decided to take out my sewing machine (that my husband gifted a year earlier) and create an extra wide infinity scarf.

My nursing scarves were my “golden item” in my breastfeeding journey. It provided me with that extra layer of privacy that I desired while nursing my son in public. I wanted to give other moms the same feelings that the nursing scarves gave me so I decided on creating and selling them on Etsy. Fast forward to present day; I now offer three types of nursing covers, nursing scarves, nursing ponchos and Jasemet covers.  All of the nursing covers are a 5 in 1 product. You can use them as a nursing cover, car seat cover, hair chair cover, shopping cart cover, and scarf/poncho.

A pregnancy struggle Shelly experienced 

It took us about 2.5 years to finally conceive our first son. Finally being able to see a positive pregnancy test was pure bliss. I had a fairly easy pregnancy with him until my water broke at 26 weeks. I have never in my life seen a baby as small as my son, he weighed 1lb 8 oz and stayed in the NICU for 4 months. Our second son came as a complete surprise but we were over the moon to be pregnant again. I was considered a high-risk pregnancy because of my first son so from 16-36 weeks I had to take weekly progesterone shots. He was born a few days shy of 37 weeks. My boys are now 6 and 3.5 year old and I feel so blessed to be their mother.

A motherhood tip from Shelly

I don’t think you can ever be prepared in becoming a mother.  You can read as many books or talk to as many people as you like but at the end of the day you will find out what works BEST for YOU.  Somedays  you will feel like a complete failure and other days you will be like Super Woman.  Remember to take a breath and enjoy the journey.  At the end of the day, all our children need is love.

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Beautiful Mom Boss, Shelly of Jasemet 

 

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KnitWhits Couture

MOM BOSS MONDAY 

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My stud wearing his Bob Marley romper from KnitWhits Couture

My husband is a musician and music is a big part of our everyday life. We have been playing our favorite tunes for Q since I was only 5 months pregnant. We recently took him to his first music festival and plan on taking him to so many more. If your family is in love with music the way ours is, you have to check out KnitWhit’s Etsy Shop!  This week’s mom boss turns your favorite band tees into the cutest rompers for your kiddos. She’s even making some awesome products for you moms out there so be sure to stop by and take a look. Amelia’s story hits close to home for me, as we both experienced our loved ones dealing with cancer during our pregnancies. Such and inspiring chick. Thanks for sharing your story, Amelia.

How KnitWhits Couture started

I grew up around artists of all sorts. Hands on artists.  My father is a self-made Chef who cooked for the likes of Mr. Pierre Trudeau (former Canadian Prime Minister). My mother went to sewing school, painting classes, and always loved crafting. My grandmother loved to crochet. I spent years sitting by her side on the sofa entranced in watching her hands move so quickly as she worked on my “wedding” blanket-bed cover. So I was always surrounded by creative energy.

I was the one you would see mixing colors in art class and not paying attention to direction, but instead wanting to do my own thing.  I went to college, became an aesthetician, and makeup artist. I worked in Ottawa, Canada for a few years and later moved back to Kingston, ON. I started my own business doing freelance and home spa parties.
Fast track from then to now: Married, had two amazing boys, decided as a family I would stay home with my babies. My mom became ill with breast cancer, (she is now a 5 year survivor). Within the same year, my mother in law was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma cancer and passed away months later with us by her side.  This changed everything. My life would never be the same. To say this was a dark and depressing time is an understatement. I began to craft anything and everything on Pinterest to focus on something other than the dark memories of cancer and what it had done.
On my birthday I received a sewing machine and automatically took to it. Sewing everything! My curtains that needed hemming, my pants, cutting up my kids clothes so that I could re-piece them, making scarves, etc, etc…Before long, people were asking me to make things.  After planning and getting back on my feet again, KnitWhits Couture came about! KnitWhits came to mind as inspiration from my nutty mom and mother in law. When those two got together and laughed and joked, knitwhits!
A struggle you experienced and have overcome during pregnancy
Hearing of my mom’s breast cancer at 3 months pregnant not knowing what the next day would hold, I struggled with trying to be the best mother, while having the strength for my husband and family during this time. I had a toddler and newborn to care for while dealing with my mental state. I was trying to keep it together while my mom went through chemo and radiation, losing her hair, and being bed ridden.  Soon after, my mother in law started the same process, with full force, and not one minute to look away.
From woman to a woman, from a mother to a mother, I knew her fight was real. Her need to live was never stronger. Being by her side in her last months, I gave up breast feeding. I gave up embracing the little milestones and those early memories of my toddler and second born baby. I wanted to fight with her to get her better so that she could enjoy being with her grand babies again.  I don’t regret anything. I cherish the memories I have and it molded me into what I am today. I am proud of my family and all that I am blessed with.
A couple years later I lost my grandmother to Dementia. The crocheted blanket she made for me is filled with memories and helps me during difficult times till this day.
Let’s move on from all the sadness. Through all this, there have been many many ups and successes.  I have an awesome husband who believes in me, two boys aged 5 and 7, who are so loving and wonderful!I am on year 4 of being in business and have been running ever since. I am so blessed to be doing something that I love so much and look forward to seeing what the next 4 years bring!
I have recently expanded into women wear…specifically ponchos and beanies. After all, mama needs some styling too!
Amelia’s motherhood tip
Take one day at a time and smile when you look at your babies. Tell them there is good in this world, whether it’s for a short time or longer.
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Amelia with her beautiful family.

KnitWhit’s Links

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https://www.facebook.com/knitwhitscouture/

Nixi Lauroo

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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My bubba snuggled up on one of Nixi Lauroo’s ultra soft burpees.

Each week I have the pleasure of featuring a Mom Boss and each one of them has been simply inspiring. I love to hear the stories of how the love for their children, mixed with their creativity, talents, and passion, have led them to be the mompreneur they are today. Nixi Lauroo has the most adorable essentials for your littles and they are all hand made by a busy Mom from New Hampshire.  Kate, the founder of Nixi Lauroo is sharing with us some of the struggles she faces as a mom and what it’s like to run a business full time. My family and I are in love with her great quality products and I am sure yours will enjoy them too. A big thanks to Kate for sharing your story with us!

This week’s Mom Boss is Kate and her business is Nixi Lauroo

If it weren’t for my son, Nixi Lauroo definitely wouldn’t exist the way it does today! I studied fashion design in college and moved straight to California after graduating to pursue my career as an entrepreneur and fashion designer in the Bay Area. While I was there, I started a little company making women’s clothing, did a bunch of runway shows, and had a lot of fun learning & living—and that was really fun for about six years! At the end of the day, I got homesick and moved back to my home state of New Hampshire, and still dabbled in designing for a bit, and even designed and made a wedding dress—but honestly, I was burnt out. I opted for more corporate or more “stable” jobs in the fashion industry, and didn’t realize how much I missed creating until…surprise! We were expecting, and that was the last thing I was expecting! I was all of a sudden in “baby mode,” and dusted off the sewing machine. I started making baby blankets, swaddles, quilts, and much smaller clothing….and it dawned on me how much I MISSED creating and designing, and hey…sewing for babies was so much fun. The rest is history, as they say. I rebranded my company and started sewing baby things, first to friends, then online, and eventually took the plunge to do this full time. Nixi Lauroo officially turns one in November of this year, and I couldn’t be more proud! This has been a very long journey for me, but if not for the twists and turns, we wouldn’t be the Nixi Lauroo that you know. I feel like everything worked out the way it should have, and we settled into a niche that truly feels like home now.

Kate had a smooth pregnancy so she shares her some struggles she faces as a mom…

I’d be lying if I said I only have a few struggles as a mom! Becoming a parent is a huge learning curve, and I’m still figuring things out all the time. One of my biggest struggles is finding balance in my work life and home life, which I know a lot of moms struggle with too…since I work at home right now, it’s even harder to manage. I feel A LOT of guilt quite often when I’m home but not really home, or need to send my son to Grammy’s so I can concentrate, or when I’m sewing and can’t come play Dinosaurs right now, or on my phone or computer too much—things like that wear on me a lot. The perks of working from home are amazing, don’t get me wrong! The guilt that comes with them I never expected.
Kate’s motherhood tip:
If I could offer any tips as a mom, I’d tell other parents not to compare themselves to other parents, or their children to others. It’s not fair, and comparison really can be the thief of joy. You are always doing the best you can, and your little one is learning and growing in their own way, so just enjoy the ride and try not to stress out too much about things you can’t control!
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Nixi Lauroo’s Kate and her absolutely adorable son, Liam.

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Simply Love YYC

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Mustache leggings by Simply Love YYC

As mothers, how many times does the thought of being unable to conceive cross our minds? To be honest, for me, hardly ever. Until I met this amazing woman along my motherhood journey. When I asked to feature Ann, I found out that she had yet to have children and is on a journey of her own. She has opened my eyes and made me even more aware of one of the many struggles women have to face, not to mention one of the most difficult. I have since become more appreciative of those who continue trying to conceive no matter how difficult the journey becomes. The motivation, love, and commitment you have is the foundation of motherhood. I have the utmost respect for those that are trying to conceive, and I want to thank them for being a constant reminder to never take my family for granted. Just because Ann does not have her bundle of joy yet does not make her any less of a MOM BOSS, so thank you, Ann, for sharing your story with us.

Ann Rocha the Mom Boss behind Simply Love YYC

I started my business as a distraction.  My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years now and I started up Simply Love in an effort to create a distraction.  When you are trying to have a baby everyone tells you to relax, take a holiday, forget about it because it will “happen” when you least expect it.  To be honest, in our situation, it will not be able to just “happen”.  Unfortunately, in January I had to have surgery to remove one of my tubes and some endometriosis.  Following that we started IVF.

In my true nature, I love to be busy!!! I had been working on my business for a while and I thought there was no better time than the present.  Most people would not choose to start a business with all of that going on, however, for myself I felt like life had to go on and things are always going to come up and why should it stop me from following my dream.

I have always been able to sew.  I took lessons as a young teen and followed fashion through high school, at one point I wanted to go to design school.  I didn’t go to design school, however I continued to enjoy sewing and designing.  I have made grad dresses, flower girl dresses and gowns for all occasions, plus just about any project I could get my hands on.  I have made them with patterns and designed my own.  I have always wanted to start up my own company and I thought why not start up a company doing something I love.  Simply Love is all about Baby Clothing.  I use organic knit fabrics created with low impact dyes.  I chose to use organic fabrics with low impact dyes because I feel strongly about what you put next to a babies skin.  I feel with all the pollutants out in the world we should be most cautious about what we are putting right next to the delicate skin of a child.  I chose baby clothing because….well babies are cute!

Ann’s pregnancy struggle

As I mentioned above we have been struggling for over two years now.  We have had surgery and we have unsuccessfully completed a round of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).  We have unfortunately not overcome infertility and unfortunately many people struggle with this.  In the United States 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and in Alberta (where I am from) 1 in 6 struggle with some form of infertility.  Infertility is more common that people think, its just not something people talk about.

We have been very open with our story because we feel that it is something that is not openly discussed and wanted to bring some light to the area.  The great thing about being open is we have lots of love and support from family and friends, the downside is it hurts.  People don’t understand about infertility and are uncomfortable with it, they often say things that are meant to be nice and helpful but they are really hurtful.  My best advice for people who know someone struggling with infertility is to listen, it helps to have someone just listen and not give any advice and be there for when it gets hard.

Ann’s tip for those with Motherhood goals

Enjoy the journey…not always as easy as it seems, but enjoy every moment of your life and live it to the fullest.  I honestly believe everything happens for a reason and we are not given things we cannot handle.  It may not seem easy or fair all the time, however, we need to have faith that it will work out.  You have to have a positive outlook.  Not every day will be easy or sunshine and rainbows, however you will make it through.  Pick yourself up and continue on your journey.

 

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Super inspiring Ann Rocha from Simply Love YYC

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www.simply-love.ca

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Little Bipsy

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Adorable Romper and Pet’s Tails Book from Little Bipsy 

My sweet and mellow baby boy is just a little over 3 months old now and I can hardly believe it. People weren’t joking when they told me to soak it all up because they grow so fast. I feel like every time he wakes up he’s smarter and has developed more of his own amazing personality. Books are a total win with this guy and if they make noise or he can put them in his mouth they get extra points. One of his favorite books is from Little Bipsy, an online shop we have fallen in love with. Whatever you mamas out there need for you or your little one, they’ve got it. The selection is amazing and of course so is the Mom Boss behind this shop. I am so glad to have met Brittani and happy that she is sharing her darling story with us. Give it a read and check out the links below!

The Name 

I have been asked so here it is…. I (Brittani) am the original “Little Bipsy”. It was my nickname given to me by my grandpa when I was just a baby. I went everywhere with my mom, so he started by calling me “little gypsy” soon turning into “bipsy”, I am guessing because my name started with a “B”. My Grandpa passed when I was 19, but the name stuck with me and has always had a very special meaning in my heart. So when the time came to name my shop…. well, it was a no-brainer!

The Little Bipsy Story

The idea behind Little Bipsy came about when I was pregnant with my son. I found myself loving and adoring EVERYTHING baby! I was instantly drawn to small shops who were creating one-of-a-kind products with style and quality in mind. It gave me the idea to start up a little shop of my own, but it didn’t go much further than that at the time. After having my son April of 2015, I left my career in the dental field and chose to be at home with my little babe. Quickly realizing my identity was escaping me, I needed to find something that made me feel like my own person again all while having my little dude by my side. I started up an IG shop selling my sons unworn and gently used clothes (Conors_Closet), loving it, my idea quickly became more than I ever would have imagined. I began to reach out to some of my favorite shops/brands and told them of my idea behind Little Bipsy, it was a hit! I took some of my personal favorites and the most popular items and turned it into a one-of-a-kind collection…. “The Little Bipsy Collection”.

A Pregnancy Struggle Brittani Experienced

I feel very blessed and fortunate that my pregnancy was fairly smooth sailing. The hardest part for me during pregnancy was the unknown! The unknown of when I was going to meet my little guy, how my delivery was going to go, his health, if I wanted to go back to work, my recovery and all other possible “unknowns”.

Brittani’s Motherhood Tip

I am still figuring out this motherhood thing! But, every day is something new, different, at times difficult but overall wonderful! Time goes fast… way too fast! Cherish every moment of their littleness, as hard as it is to accept it, it only lasts so long. You can never give too many cuddles, kisses, and loves.

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Beautiful Brittani of Little Bipsy and her adorable son. 

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http://www.Littlebipsy.com

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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