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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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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Super fit? Or Fit-ish?

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I’m totally ok with being FIT-(ish)!!!

Before my pregnancy, I naturally had a pretty active lifestyle without even trying. We love being outdoors and the ocean is our favorite. Not until I was pregnant did I decide to top off my active lifestyle with a workout routine. This was mostly due to the Gestational Diabetes. So, shout out to you Gestational Diabetes! You kill-joy party pooper! At the same time, I’m thankful. It really helped me change my lifestyle for the better. After I gave birth to my wonderful gentle giant, I thought I was going to be able to whip it back without any issues. WRONG. Here’s the thing. I actually slept part of my pregnancy and those hormones gave me a boost, making me some type of freak of nature. I labored hard and birthed harder, so I thought I would be back to my pregnancy strength in no time! I surfed some days out of the summer after Q was born, but lost a lot of my confidence and skill. The reality is, there were so many factors and obstacles for me, it was frustrating that I was unable to be where I wanted to be, physically.

I thought, “Hey, I was on a diabetic diet for nearly 9 months. Why not do it again?” So I decided to cut down on carbs. It was easy and it felt good. On top of this, I added a workout routine to my schedule, mixed with breastfeeding and very little sleep. Talk about needing a chill pill. It started to become too much for me and even affected my milk production. I learned that it wasn’t wise to just get up and change my eating habits without realizing how my body would react or how it could affect my baby’s food source. My milk production did not stop but it did decrease significantly. I was pumping 9-12 extra ounces a day and it went down to 4 oz, sometimes even less. Now in retrospect, I should have given my body enough time to catch up on rest and allowed for more healing.

I was too concerned about staying fit, not educated enough about the birth process, and what it really meant to “heal” before going full force again. Through my research, I found a Birth Fit group here in San Diego.  We get to bring our babies, meet other moms, and really focus on strengthening those muscles that may have been weakened through our motherhood journey. So as much as I would like to be a super “fit mom,” for now, I am okay with being “fit-ish.” My focus now is to strengthen from within, slowly, carefully, and efficiently.  I don’t know if you have seen my kid, but he’s only 4 months and weighs 19lbs, so I need to get fit the right way in order to keep up with him.

As of now, I welcome carbs. I try my best to stick to the healthiest forms and I’m not hating it. I actually feel thinner than when I was avoiding them, which really shouldn’t matter but it’s definitely a plus. I take long walks with the baby in the morning, a couple of baby and me yoga classes from home (Youtube videos), and have just started the postpartum mini-series at Birth Fit San Diego. My milk production is exactly where I want it to be. My baby is clearly eating well and now I just need to take it easy and strengthen slowly. The rest will follow. The point of this post is, it’s ok to chill. Listen to your body. Exercise is great but it doesn’t have to be aggressive, so if your body needs more time, give it that. For the time being, as long as my family and I are healthy, I’m okay with starting from scratch, and instead of being super fit, I’m owning that I am “fit-ish”.

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Birth Fit San Diego – Keirsten

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Born Free and Me

MOM BOSS MONDAY 

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Baby Q rockin’ his Panda Party Raglan from Born Free and Me

Do any of you other Moms out there get bored with the same old, boring, repetitive prints to dress your little one in? Well, I found a Mom Boss that wasn’t impressed with what kid’s fashion had to offer, so she was inspired and created some pretty awesome stuff for our littles!  Can you even believe the cuteness of this Panda Raglan outfit from Born Free and Me?! Being this cute should literally not be allowed! Okay, so you already know that I meet amazing Moms doing what I do, but I mean come on! This week’s Mom is a SUPER Mom Boss! Keep reading to find out what her other WORK is! Like creating kid’s fashion or being a mom wasn’t already enough…

This week’s Mom Boss is Jules from Born Free and Me

I started Born Free & Me whilst on maternity leave with my first baby, Evangeline as I was fed up with a wash if baby pink florals and Disney themed clothes. I wanted my brand to be fun and playful letting our littles be little.  Like every mum working from home, you try and squeeze as much into nap time as you can and then work away when they’re tucked up at night (or at least that’s the theory). So in between the constant demands of mum life, various tantrums, bouts of teething and sleepless nights, you just kind of get on with it.
My day job is a doctor. I graduated in 2010 and I’m a junior pediatric doctor. When I go back to work this time round, I’ll be working on the neonatal intensive care unit which looks after the extreme prem babies as well as those with serious medical/ surgical conditions in the region. I LOVE IT. That being said, I wanted to find a way to reduce my hours at work so I could be home more with my babies and watch them grow up, so I started a business. It’s so different to everything I’m used to doing but I have enjoyed every minute of it and have found some really kind people who totally get that. I know I’m not the only mama out there trying to make it happen!
A pregnancy struggle Jules has experienced
My pregnancies have been pretty plain sailing I have to say but run into problems with repeated mastitis whilst breastfeeding. I had to be admitted to hospital first time round. (I’m actually sat in the waiting room at the doctor’s surgery waiting for some antibiotics as I type!) Regarding mastitis, I’ve had multiple bouts of it, which mostly I’ve been able to sort out myself (lots of hot/cold compresses and hours spent glued to a breast pump). Glamorous I know. I’ve always chosen to carry on feeding each time it’s happened. I guess I wanted to decide when to introduce formula milk rather than feeling forced to do it. And despite the booby drama, I actually really enjoy breastfeeding my babies. I’ve ended up in hospital twice (once with each baby) because it got so bad. Miles is 5 months old and I’ve started to introduce some formula milk during the days and feed him at night.
A motherhood tip from Jules 
Tips for mums would be to let yourself off the hook if you’re still in your pajamas at lunchtime, your house is a mess or you can’t remember the last time you washed your hair! Just be proud of yourself for making a small human and that they’re alive and well at the end of every day!
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Doctor, Mom Boss, and Creator of Born Free and Me  – Julie, with her adorable son.

 

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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

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Stephanie and Ying of Figure 8 Maternity

 

 

Why Are You Showing Your Pregnant Belly?

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Before my mother passed away she consistently asked me to give her a grandchild. Of course, I shared with her all the reasons I could not honor this request.  She already had 4 grandchildren, but I was the only girl and she wanted to see me have a child before she left the earth. Well, she got her wish, and though it was not planned she got what she asked for and always did. Unfortunately, she did not get to meet him face to face and passed away a couple of months before his due date.

Although she wanted me to get pregnant very badly, she sure did not want me to show it.  I had been working hard to maintain my health and keep my body in check for a smooth recovery and I was not going to hide it. I was wearing tight tanks and leggings that accentuated my growing belly and the curves that came with it. I wore the same swim wear at the beach as the other ladies who aren’t pregnant. For the first time, I really started to love my body.  I have been wearing dresses that I had in my closet before I was ever pregnant and I was feeling cute and confident with my little bump. I can hear her now, bitching me out for showing too much of my pregnancy that SHE wanted me to have.

Next in line to have something to say was my beautiful, super human grandmother. This woman is in her late 80’s, still driving, living on her own, and the leader of her church. She comes from a small province in South Korea, where she had my mother and her 4 brothers. Just recently, I drove to Los Angeles to see her. I was wearing a beautiful, flowing floral maternity dress because I knew if I came over looking rough she would have been worried. Her only daughter had just passed away a couple of weeks before I came to visit, so she was happy to see me but couldn’t help commenting on my “revealing” attire. She says “Your skirt is too short to wear for a pregnant woman and you shouldn’t be flaunting your pregnancy.” (FYI, this sounds a lot more rude when said in Korean)

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OMG! WTF??? Is she serious? I love you, Grandma. You are my heart, but you are trippin’! You too Mom. I love and miss you all day, every day, but you were trippin’ too. It’s 2016 and I am loving the way I look and feel and I am sorry it doesn’t’ meet your expectations. I get it. You come from a time and place that did not encourage pregnant women to expose such a private time of their life. But do you want me to wear my husband’s t-shirts and helplessly seek assistance for every move I make? Should I close the blinds and not answer the door until I’m done being pregnant?

Hell no. I work out so I can have the energy to keep up with the rest of this moving world and so I can provide my growing baby with plenty of oxygen for his development.  I eat a healthy diet to provide us with the nutrients that are necessary to stay in good shape for the big day. I seek adventure to keep my soul happy because a happy mommy is a happy baby.  I am carrying a little human while juggling jobs outside and inside of the home. I love the looks that I get when I walk into the gym, am on my skateboard, or climb a few flights of stairs. I’m pregnant, not disabled or helpless.

I’m sorry, but I love myself more than I have ever loved myself and I am not afraid to offend someone with my beautiful, growing pregnant belly. What the female body is designed to do is too amazing to hide or disguise. Add a confident mind and some self-love into the mix and we are unstoppable. There is no way I can or want to hide such thing.  I’m sorry that I’m not sorry that my child bearing belly may offend you. I suggest you look away because I am proud of my pregnancy and I have no intention of putting it away.

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