Hi again! It’s Monday, so to soften the blow of another Monday, I am bringing you photos of adorable babies in leggings & moccasins. You can’t have a bad day if you’re looking at baldy babies wearing moccasins. And y’all, the boys cooperated straight out of the gate! It’s a good day!
The boys are reppin’ two awesome companies today, Freshly Picked & LilNells. Freshly Picked is widely known. You probably have some. They are beautiful, quality moccs for babies & todds. What I love about these moccs is the woman behind Freshly Picked.
Susan Petersen started making baby moccasins in 2009 after becoming frustrated by the lack of well-designed baby shoes. Using her second child, Gus, as a mocc-tester, and a bag of scrap leather she picked up at a yard sale, she began experimenting with designs. Working at her kitchen table, on a shoestring budget, Susan persisted through some disastrous attempts until she had created a pair of moccasins that not only looked adorable on Gus’ chubby little feet, but stayed on his feet as well.
Since then the moccasins have gone through about six design changes. Each change has perfected the look and the fit of the soft-soled shoe. The moccasins you purchase today are durable, well designed, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot.
Money was tight at the time Susan started and in order to earn money to start her business she got resourceful. Her brother owns a window installation business and in the summer of 2009 she convinced him to let her keep the old windows that he was removing from the houses. She spent a whole summer banging the glass out of the windows because they were encased in aluminum frames. At the end of the summer she took the aluminum window frames to the scrap yard and recycled them to get money. She made $200 dollars and with that literal sweat equity, she started her business.
This is our new go-to outfit for the boys. With the temperature beginning to cool down, we are investing in baby leggings like crazy. I found Lil’ Nells on Etsy, and fell in love with the quality, variety of prints & the shop owner, Annette. Just like Susan, Annette is a stay-at-home mom who was just interested in making quality baby items in her “spare” time, with her kids as an inspiration. For 24 HOURS ONLY, Maddie B Photography readers/clients/friends/family will receive 15% off their orders at Lil’ Nells! Seriously, snatch these up! I’ve already ordered more because they are so DARLING & so comfortable. Grab some for Christmas, birthdays or just for the heck of it! You will love them! Check out Lil Nells on Etsy & use the discount code: BLOG15. Then run over to Freshly Picked on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest to complete the outfit. The quality, comfort & adorableness of these moccs are unrivaled. Go snatch some up for your wee ones!
Welcome to another edition of Mama Swag Monday! Today’s post is a fun one because I am featuring such an amazing woman & company, Tink & Key. Tink & Key features faith-based tees, specifically, their incredibly popular Miracle Baby baseball tee. Stephanie has a heart for bringing encouragement to others through the sayings or words on her littles’ tee shirts. When I first learned of Tink & Key, I saw a photo with a sweet story about a miracle baby. I happen to have two miracle babies, so I shared my story with Stephanie & here we are!
If you read my personal blog, you know the long story of my twin pregnancy, so sit tight. If you’re new, this is the story story of my miracle twinkies.
After five miscarriages, my husband & I were going to try one last time. My heart & emotions were raw. I learned that I was the problem & needed a dose of Clomid in order to even hope to get & stay pregnant. It worked, and in late September 2013, I learned I was pregnant. Just two weeks later, I laid in the ultrasound room, swearing loudly, when the technician showed me TWO babies.
At 15 weeks pregnant, I was put on moderate bed rest given all the risks associated with a multiples pregnancy. I spent the next 12 weeks relying on my husband & his parents to do everything I couldn’t do: dishes, laundry, cooking, taking care of our daughter, shopping. Until you are restricted to only being allowed to use the restroom & shower, you have no idea how much you do in a day just to keep up with daily chores.
At 27 weeks, I went in for another routine ultrasound, only to find that my cervix was funneling (opening from the inside out) & I was in preterm labor. I was sent immediately to St. Luke’s hospital in Denver in hopes that taking medication & being confined to a hospital bed would keep my boys cooking for AT LEAST 4 more weeks. It worked. I was sent back home just shy of 34 weeks.
A week later, at a another routine appointment, I was in labor. It was go-time. Jax was first, and was bright-eyed & ready to come on out. My little Jett was next. He wasn’t breathing. We found out later that Jett had his cord wrapped around his ankles & wrists, & was squeezing it, cutting off blood flow to his tiny body. The boys stayed in the NICU for just 3 weeks, learning to eat & adjust to life outside the womb. They are perfect, sweet & so snuggly!
Enter Tink & Key. Stephanie’s Miracle Baby tee can be seen all over Instagram & Facebook, being worn by miracle babies. If you have a miracle baby, go get this shirt! Share your miracle with us! Stephanie, thank you for sharing your heart, your encouraging tees, & featuring some of the sweetest little miracle stories.