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Getting to Know Motherhood: Brittani Blakney

What brings you and your baby comfort and joy isn’t always the same. As we approach Mother’s Day, we are getting to know seven real-life mothers and sharing different Baby Tula items that we think can support them in their journey. Each day we will ask 5 simple questions to a different Mom and feature a Tula giveaway item that you can add to your parenting “toolbox”. Get more of your own Mom essentials by using the code MOMLOVE to enjoy 15% off on babytula.com, until May 14th. Some exclusions apply.

Today, get to know Brittani, @Brittannib, who’s youngest daughter has limb differences.

What are the names and ages of your children?

My children’s names are Gabrielle (7), Elias (5), and Camilla (3).

One word to describe motherhood.

Rollercoaster

What is a recent parenting “win” you’ve had?

My 3-year-old has totally blossomed over the past few months. She has learned to color using her feet, actively plays. She’s communicating effectively, gaining strength, and hitting milestones. We waited so long for this. Even her older siblings are proud of her, cheering her on. Seeing how excited they are for their sister is another win. I feel lucky that they have such a great connection.

What is something you have learned since becoming a mother?

That “perfect parents” are unicorns; rare. That I’m a flawed parent. Through this journey I’m learning right beside of my children. Learning that every single child is different, and must be treated as such. I’ve learned to find boundless beauty in differences; mental & physical.

What is a characteristic/quality that your child has that you admire?

Gabrielle has the biggest imagination, it’s amazing to sit back & watch her totally lost in her own world. Elias has the biggest heart; he feels things so deeply.  When I bought him a shirt for Valentine’s Day saying “Future Heartbreaker”, he asked me “hearts break?”  I melted.  He told me he needed a shirt that says “heart lover.” That heart has made him the perfect “middle child”, he’s a huge help to both his sisters. Lastly, Camilla is strong-willed. Despite severe limb differences, she wants to do things. The power she possesses leaves me in awe.

A Tula Item to Support Your Child?

Babywearing, in a Tula Baby Carrier, can help a caregiver hold their child beyond infancy if their mobility is limited.

Getting to Know Motherhood: Chloe Dunstan
What brings you and your baby comfort and joy isn’t always the same. As we approach Mother’s Day, we are getting to know seven real-life mothers and sharing different Baby Tula items that we think can support them in their journey. Each day we will ask 5 simple questions to a different Mom and feature a Tula giveaway item that you can add to your parenting “toolbox”. Get more of your own Mom essentials by using the code MOMLOVE to enjoy 15% off on babytula.com, until May 14th. Some exclusions apply.
Today, get to know Chloe, of Chloe and Beans, who is a mom to six kids under 6!

What are the names and ages of your children?

Evan (5), Otto (4), Felix (almost 3) and triplets Henry, Rufus and Pearl (almost 2)

One word to describe motherhood.

Rewarding

What is a recent parenting “win” you’ve had?

A recent parenting win of mine has been managing to get the triplets to feed themselves at meal times. It’s messier but I get a moment to eat my own lunch!

What is something you have learned since becoming a mother?

Something I’ve learned since becoming a mother is that you can’t really make too many plans or promises. A lot of the time you just have to go with the flow and see what works at the time.

What is a characteristic/quality that your child has that you admire?

One characteristic that my children have that I admire is their imagination and the ability to see something magical in the most ordinary of things.

A Tula Item for Multiple Kids?

Our Free-to-Grow Carrier can adjust to fit your baby as they grow and also offer a carrying option for your other children too!

 

Getting to Know Motherhood: Sonia La Vigne
Motherhood has different experiences with unique challenges and successes. So,what brings you and your baby comfort and joy isn’t always the same. As we approach Mother’s Day, we will be getting to know seven real-life mothers and sharing different Baby Tula items that we think can support them in their journey. Each day we will ask 5 simple questions to a different Mom and feature a Tula giveaway item that you can add to your parenting “toolbox”. Get more of your own Mom essentials by using the code MOMLOVE to enjoy 15% off on babytula.com, until May 14th. Some exclusions apply.
Today, get to know Sonia, of Chompy Chic, who is a WAHM, which means she is a Work At Home Mom!

What are the names and ages of your children?

I have three children, two boys and a baby girl. Connor 6, Jacob 4 and Ellis 1.

Use one word to describe motherhood.

Rewarding… especially now with a school aged child.  Our oldest’s teacher says he is kind and respectful.

What is a recent parenting “win” you’ve had?

My husband travels for a living so any time I can get all three kids fed, bathed and asleep before 9 pm I call that a win.

What is something you have learned since becoming a mother?

Less is more.  After three kids there are so many things that I didn’t use with the third.  Other than diapers and clothes, the top three things for a new baby would be a baby carrier, bassinet and a few swaddle blankets that can double as a nursing cover or shade from the sun.

What is a characteristic/quality that your child has that you admire?

My middle son Jacob is so empathetic.  If he sees some one upset his immediate reaction is to go and hug them and make sure they are okay.    

A Tula Item for Getting Work Done?

A Coast Tula Carrier has breathable mesh to keep baby and you cool while working.

Getting to Know Motherhood: Ana Sandee

Motherhood has different experiences with unique challenges and successes. So,what brings you and your baby comfort and joy isn’t always the same. As we approach Mother’s Day, we will be getting to know seven real-life mothers and sharing different Baby Tula items that we think can support them in their journey. Each day we will ask 5 simple questions to a different Mom and feature a Tula giveaway item that you can add to your parenting “toolbox”. Get more of your own Mom essentials by using the code MOMLOVE to enjoy 15% off on babytula.com, until May 14th. Some exclusions apply.
Today, get to know Ana, the Colorful Foodie, who just recently became a new mom!

What are the names and ages of your children?

So Alexandra is turning 16 weeks this week (4 months on the 29th of April) and she’s my first and only.

Use one word to describe motherhood.

Crazy. I just can’t believe I’m someone’s mom!

What is a recent parenting “win” you’ve had?

A sleeping baby through the night. I’ve done nothing to make it happen, it just did and I feel like it’s more like a blessing than a win, really.

What is something you have learned since becoming a mother?

I’ve learned patience since becoming a mother. I mean, it’s not my best feature, but this little baby has taught me to be patient, especially when we were learning breastfeeding.

What is a characteristic/quality that your child has that you admire?

I really appreciate how observant and interactive Alexandra is. She’s soaks everything in like a sponge, and you can tell she’s really processing everything in her brain before we get a response. It’s amazing.

A Tula Item for Welcoming Motherhood? 

Combined with our infant insert, our Tula Baby Carrier can be used from birth and beyond.

Weaver Spotlight: Meeyoo Handwovens

Multiple visionaries come together to create every single Tula Wrap Conversion Carrier, beginning with the variety of woven wraps that are sourced from around the world. Each woven wrap is creatively and thoughtfully designed with the intention of producing a functional art piece. We value the opportunity to work with these textile artists and celebrate them in our weaver spotlights. In this post, we feature the sisters behind Meeyoo, Angel and Cameo.

Who is behind the scenes of Meeyoo? 

Just the two of us! From the initial design process to the warping, weaving, on to the final hemming of the wraps and even down to the marketing, photography, packaging and shipping.  We are a two woman show and wear many hats!

How long have you been weaving? How did you first become interested?

We have both always been artistic, but expressed our art in different ways. We began babywearing over six years years ago and we loved it!  After getting our first handwoven wrap, wearing our boys in it and just really appreciating the artistry and amazing qualities of handwovens, we started to entertain the idea of taking weaving lessons. It was actually just a joke between the two of us for a while. Then for Angel’s birthday, Cameo decided to surprise her with weaving lessons for the two of us and this amazing and fulfilling journey began almost four years ago.  Now, we have two looms and each have home studios so that we can work and create while balancing family life.

How did the name Meeyoo come about?

We decided to take weaving lessons shortly after Cameo had her daughter Mary Lou. At that time, Angel’s 4 kids and Cameo’s 2 year old all lovingly called her Meeyoo as it was difficult for the younger kids to say “Mary Lou.” Because she was so little, Mary Lou was with us throughout our weaving journey, making the 4 hour round trips to weaving lessons and listening to all of our ideas and plans.  She was our mascot of sorts.  Meeyoo is also a play on words – Me + You, Angel + Cameo, Caregiver + Child. It could really be applied to any relationship. Thus, we create our wraps in pairs and always give them special and meaningful names: Pog Pog + Lou Lou, Partine + Udi, Oliver + Avery, etc.

How does being a babywearer prepare you for weaving baby wraps?

Being a babywearer helped us define what we liked and wanted in the wraps we create. We both love the feel and support of cotton and the look, support and simplicity of plain weave. We learned this by wearing our own babies, and of course by trying as many wraps as possible!  Babywearing and keeping our little ones close has also given us the encouragement that we needed to weave and put our wraps out there so others can keep their little ones close as well. We weave all of our wraps with nothing but love and appreciation for the amazing babywearing community that we feel blessed to be a part of.

Where are your favorite places to draw inspiration from?

Honestly, we find inspiration anywhere and everywhere!  New wrap designs never seem too far from our minds.  We are especially inspired by the beautiful scenery and change of seasons in our small Ohio farm town.

Please tell us about your design process. How do you decide on color, fiber and weave structure for each piece?

Deciding on colors usually starts with a big pot of coffee and some sister time together while our kids play.  Since we spend a good deal of time with each warp, we always make sure that we absolutely love each colorway and are 100% committed to it before beginning.  We basically decide on colors by trial and error – winding yarn onto small pieces of cardboard to make little mock-ups.  Sometimes we use inspiration photos or ideas.  Sometimes we have certain wrap names in mind.  Sometimes we just wing it.  But we always bounce ideas off of one another, laugh at one another’s “flops”, and have fun while creating.

As for fiber and weave structure, there are so many talented weavers in the babywearing community that specialize in different fibers, blends, weave structures, etc.  Early on, we decided that our “thing” would be to keep things simple and focus on what we feel are our strengths – amazing and sometimes surprising color choices, flawless (we try!) weaving, really neat selvedges, beautiful photography and great relationships with our customers.  We definitely favor 100% cotton plain weave because we feel that it best highlights our strengths and suits our personal tastes best as well.   We both love the look, simplicity, support and ease of plain weave, and while we are certainly are not limited to a specific weave, we favor plain weave for these reasons.

What does Meeyoo have in store for 2017 and beyond?

As work at home moms, sisters and best friends, Meeyoo has become our passion and outlet.  Cameo has baby #4 arriving in September and Angel’s baby #5 will turn one this summer, so we are working on business ideas that will work well with both of our mommy situations. We would love to expand the Meeyoo brand and get our designs into as many homes as possible, and we are also always looking for new product ideas to bring Meeyoo into our customers’ lives.  We love working with our customers and feel truly grateful to be part of such an amazing community.  We also love working with Tula, sending fabric, and creating exclusive designs for them.   We plan to continue to create as long as our amazing customers allow us to!!

Thank you to Cameo and Angel for chatting with us! You can learn more about Meeyoo on their Facebook Page.