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Part Two: Meet Some of Our Favorite Austin Moms

By Emily Savage

Our 2020 Gearapalooza Tour kicks off in Austin on Sunday, March 1st!  While we can’t wait to bring our ultimate baby gear and registry event to ATX, we also want to spend some time this week introducing you to some of the most amazing moms we’ve met in Austin over the last decade.  ICYMI, BCB is celebrating a decade of community in 2020!

We are so lucky to have these amazing women as a part of BCB.  Most of them will also be joining us at Gearapalooza so be sure to stop by and say hi!  Check them out and why we love them so much…

We Want You To Meet…

Name: Jami Yaeger

Age: 36

Kid(s) and Ages: Liam (eight)

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m the owner of AustinBorn , a modern collective of educators helping families to reclaim and redefine their journey to parenthood. When I’m not caring for my own family, I’m supporting and educating others in hopes of creating happier healthier families. In addition to sharing evidence-based information and objective support, I encourage parents to listen to and trust their intuition — there is where they will find their confidence.

Ten years ago, what were you doing and how is that different from your life now?

Ten years ago I was trying to conceive! It feels like a lifetime ago and yet, I still have such vivid memories and visceral feelings about that time. Now I have an almost nine-year-old, navigating the parenting waters with a somewhat pre-teen, and dreaming of having another baby. 😉 My experience with my first baby launched me into the work that I currently do as an educator and doula at AustinBorn. It’s been a wild ten years of learning along my own parenting journey, while helping others on their own.

Where did you learn about BCB?

I first heard about BCB from a dear friend who was a huge fan. I’ve used BCB as both a personal and professional resource — exploring new products and information for myself and for the clients I’m supporting from pregnancy to early parenting.

What have you learned from BCB?

The biggest takeaway is that there isn’t just one way to do this whole parenting thing. There are so many great products and resources to support the transition to parenthood, but not every one of those things is the right fit for every parent. It’s important to use what works for each of us individually.

What are the top three registry items from your baby registry?

My Ergo carrier, BOB Stroller, and postpartum care items for me.

What is your FAVORITE beauty product and why?

When I became pregnant, I had a natural urge to make sure what I was putting in and on my body was nontoxic (or as clean as possible). My favorites are: 100% Pure (their caffeine eye cream is amazing!) Tata Harper, Beautycounter, and homemade items like face masks, scrubs, balms, etc.

Your NUMBER ONE tip for keeping your marriage/relationship with your significant other on point?

Communication and respect for your partner’s perspective. It’s REALLY challenging to communicate on a regular basis about anything other than your
kid and it’s taken us years to get to a place where it comes more naturally to put our relationship first. Sometimes my husband will call me on his way home from work because we know we’ll have 30 minutes of (mostly) uninterrupted conversation before he gets home and the evening routine starts. Within our communication, we’ve worked to truly listen to one another’s perspective. We might not always agree, but if we can come to a place of understanding then neither of us leaves the conversation feeling unheard.

What was the number one surprise about motherhood?

How challenging my postpartum period would be, specifically the first year. I didn’t know how much support I would actually need and how having an extra set of hands would be so beneficial to my overall health and well being.

What is the number one lesson you’ve learned from another mom and who did you learn it from?

I was about two weeks postpartum and a friend came by to drop off dinner. I was an absolute mess and she could tell the moment I opened the door. I told her that I couldn’t catch a moment to do anything and that I was exhausted. She told me it was okay to put my son down, even if he was crying, and step outside to breathe or cry or stare into the distance. She gave me permission to take care of myself during the most intense moments of early parenting and, to this day, I’m so grateful for that advice.

What’s the one piece of advice you would like to share with other expecting or new moms?

On your registry, please include items for your postpartum support plan. Think about how you will take care of yourselves during that time period. Ask for your friends and family to donate to your investment of a postpartum doula, grocery delivery for three months, a house cleaner for six months, etc. Planning for your well-being should be just as much of a priority as planning for your baby’s.

What’s one message that you think ALL WOMEN should hear?

You are enough. Most days you probably won’t feel like it, but the energy you put in amounts to a Mt. Everest’s worth of effort. You are enough. Write it down. Repeat it. Set notifications on your phone/calendar/whatever apps you use that pop up as reminders several times. You are enough.

What’s your favorite part about your kids’ ages now?

Our son is now in this interesting phase of kind of being a pre-teen, but still hanging on to some of the younger stuff. It’s fascinating to watch him expand into what feels like a more adult world. The biggest lesson for us as parents is to not hold on too tight. It’s a fine line of letting him explore and keeping him safe. There are times when I know I need to let go a little, but my mama heart has a hard time doing so!

How did you make the most of your maternity leave?

My husband deployed two months after our son was born and I had very little support my first year postpartum. So that time period was all about keeping my head above water and trying to figure out how to do it alone.

Favorite parenting/momlife/childhood quote: “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”

Most embarrassing thing your child(ren) has ever done in public:

Getting a slap in the face in public is always a tough one. We went through a short phase of that. I remember vividly hearing my son crying from across a Target store, as my husband carried him out like a sack of potatoes. We knew every parent could relate, so we were able to laugh about it in the car on the way home.

Top 5 fave IG handles to follow: @thegraygang, @hellomytribe, @adventuremamas, @angigreene, @birthfit

Follow Jamie on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


We Want You To Meet…

Name: Amber Martinez-Vasquez

Age: 30

Kid(s) and Ages: Elijah (three)

Ten years ago, what were you doing & how is that different from your life now?

Ten years ago, I was in college, with minimal responsibility – besides myself & my grades. That is so different from today, as I am now responsible for raising a little human!

Where did you learn about BCB? What has been your experience with BCB throughout the last ten years. 

Through social media! BCB has been an amazing resource through my pregnancy, birth, all aspects of motherhood.

What are FIVE must-have products that have gotten you through the last decade?

Being a first time mommy, all the baby products were so overwhelming! Besides the essentials, I decided to hold off and wait to see exactly what my son and I would benefit from. With that being said, my top five must-haves were:

  1. Boppy Pillow
  2. baby swing (we used the Graco Duet Connect)
  3. swaddler (serious nighttime must-have!)
  4. Diaper Genie
  5. functional diaper bag (I loved my Skip-Hop!).

What is your FAVORITE beauty product and why?

I adore WELLPEOPLE products – they are toxin-free and made with natural and organic ingredients. I use the majority of their line, but my favorite products are the BioCorrect Multi-Action Concealer and the Optimist Semi-Matte Lipstick in Retrograde.

Your NUMBER ONE tip for keeping your marriage/relationship with your significant other on point?

COMMUNICATE! COMMUNICATE! COMMUNICATE! Talk things out, compromise, and don’t hang onto feeling of resentment. Choose each other EVERY DAY!

What is the number one lesson you’ve learned from another mom and who did you learn it from?

From a family friend, I learned that it’s okay to mess up! Motherhood is full of trials and learning lessons. No one is perfect, and life and parenthood is so much easier when you accept that!

What would you tell yourself ten years ago?

THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY! Don’t stress the small stuff. Stand your ground and be true to yourself and don’t apologize for it!

What’s the one piece of advice you would like to share with other expecting or new moms?

Talk with other moms! New, expecting, and seasoned moms. You will have so many thoughts, questions, and concerns during pregnancy, and to ease your mind, confide in others who have gone through the stage you’re in and get some advice. I wish I would have done this more during my pregnancy! This is what initially pushed me to start my blog after Elijah was born – to connect with like-minded mothers and women and share my story, the good and the bad!

What’s your favorite part about your kids’ ages now? 

My son Elijah is three and although his attitude can be a bit fierce at times (wonder where he gets it from?!), I adore this curious, independent, and explorative age. He is so talkative, intuitive, and wants to know EVERYTHING! He appreciates the little things, displays his emotions, and is always down for a fun time!

How did you make the most of your maternity leave?

I truly unplugged. I kept my social media, phone, text use to a minimum, and truly soaked up the precious time I had with my son before returning to work. I did constantly have either Hallmark Channel or Lifetime playing in the background! I took the time to learn everything I could about him, established a routine, and become comfortable and confident in motherhood.

Most embarrassing thing your child(ren) has ever done in public:

A year ago while at a Mexican restaurant, Elijah, who was in the middle of throwing a tantrum, managed to wiggle his way down in a high-chair, until his head got stuck between the seat and the lap bar. YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY! I, along with a few restaurant-goers, spent the next ten minutes getting his head unstuck. It’s safe to say we haven’t returned to that restaurant since then!

Tell us more about your blog. 

My blog, The Mimosa Mom, is a platform dedicated to encouraging the everyday woman to lead an ambitious, productive, & stylish lifestyle. The mission of this blog is to encourage women and moms to build their confidence, create life balance and to always seek out the fun. In addition to motherhood and lifestyle content, I focus on self-development, which I feel every women and mother, no matter what stage in life, can benefit from!  Follow Amber on Instagram or Facebook.

If you’re an expectant or new parent in the Austin area, Gearapalooza is an event you do NOT want to miss!  JOIN US and many of these fantastic Austin moms and us on Sunday, March 1, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm at the Austin Film Society Cinema.  You can find more Gearapalooza dates and locations here. 

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