By Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk, BCB Founder + CEO
This afternoon I hopped on a plane from Las Vegas to Chicago to make it home for my daughter’s birthday in the morning. For those of us who work in the baby industry, our main event is held every October at the Las Vegas Convention Center. All of the baby people descend upon Vegas for a few days of everything baby…and a whole lotta fun.
It’s only fitting that my daughter was born during the show my first year in the industry. I actually remember very vividly laying in the hospital bed under the spell of my epidural texting with one of my work contacts. “What are you doing today?” she texted.
“Having a baby,” I excitedly wrote back.
Both of my girls were born in October, surrounding the big show every year. Without fail, I always rush home, even if it means a red eye, to make it in time for one of their big days.
The question: How old are your kids now? Took on a whole new meaning this week in Vegas.
And my response was: My oldest is turning eight on Friday.
EIGHT. EIGHT? How is it that I have an eight year old? Sure, sometimes it feels like she’s eighteen (and god help me when she is), but didn’t I just bring her home from Prentice?
Watching my baby turn into the strong-willed, independent, sassy yet funny kid she is has been the wildest ride I have ever been on. And trust me when I say: it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Not even close. But a lot has happened in the last year that J should be damn proud of.
After moving to a new town and starting a new school she’s made a ton of friends. She’s participating in so many activities and really figuring out what it is she loves to do. She started a new day camp this summer where she tried nearly every activity under the sun. AND, she went to overnight camp for TEN DAYS this past summer, with plans to go for an entire month in 2019. It may sound cheesy. But, she is coming into her own, and witnessing it every step of the way has been incredible.
She will still cuddle with me in bed on weekend mornings. And her “i love yous” are actually more plentiful than ever. (Maybe eight is my lucky number?!) One of my favorite things J does is call me on the phone. She calls after school to tell me how her day was. She calls to say good night when I am traveling. Sometimes she calls just because she likes to dial the numbers—and that is fine by me. Hearing her voice on the other end of the line is one of the best sounds ever.
As I always do, I filled her room with balloons before I sat down to write this post and go to bed. I am still astounded that come morning I will have an eight year old living in my house.
So J, on your 8th birthday, I wish you only the best for the year to come. BIG THINGS baby girl. There is no doubt that I am the luckiest mom in the world. Thank you for making me a mom, thank you for making me yours. Happy Birthday.
Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk is the CEO and Founder of Bump Club and Beyond. She started Bump Club and Beyond nearly eight years ago when she was pregnant with her first daughter, Jordyn (pictured here.) Bump Club and Beyond now hosts events in dozens of cities across the country. BCB’s mission is to connect moms and moms-to-be with the best information, resources, products, experts and each other, both online and through dozens of premier events. Lindsay lives in Chicago with her amazing husband, two incredible daughters and their super dog, Cooper.