MY MISSION BEGAN WHEN I BECAME A MOM
JADEN - the catalyst
Before Jaden was born, I had this fantasy of how magical, beautiful and easy motherhood would be. Breastfeeding would be effortless, my house would be spotless and showers would still be a daily priority... yada yada yada
Boy was I in for a surprise!!! The first few days and weeks were definitely not magical. I remember crying uncontrollably because my milk had not come in...and it's been 4 days!!! Jaden wouldn't stop crying. My mom was sure he was hungry but the doctors insisted the little itty bitty few drops of colostrum was enough. I felt so helpless but mostly, I felt like a failure. That evening, the graveyard nurse came in to weigh Jaden. He had lost too much weight so she offered baby formula. She could feel my hesitation so she reassured me. She said "I have 3 grandbabies, I promise you it'll be ok if we feed him a little bit of formula." I reluctantly agreed. He was only supposed to drink half an ounce but he was so hungry that he drank the entire 2oz bottle. Jaden finally stopped crying and I felt a whole lot better.
Becoming a mom to Jaden taught me a lot of things about motherhood: BREASTFEEDING IS NOT EASY (atleast it wasn't for me) and things don't always go as planned. But most of all, I've learned how much I absolutely LOVE being a mom.
Sadly, Jaden passed away when he was only 8 months old. He was the sweetest soul. He would clap his hands when he got excited. He loved music, books and daddy's spaghetti. Even though he is not here with us, I make it a point to share memories of him with his little brother and sister. My heart was and will forever be broken but I've made a vow to make my life count for something.
NOAH - the rainbow of hope
Noah was born a year after we lost Jaden. He was such a needed blessing as he has brought joy back into our lives. He has a smile (with the cutest dimple) that could warm any heart.
After his first birthday, I launched my first business, Joeys On The Go. I put so much of my heart and soul into that business. During my time at Joeys On The Go, I've discovered the impact I could make in family's lives by selling European Baby Formula. I received the sweetest messages from our customers after receiving their delivery or shipment. I've gotten lots of hugs (pre-covid era) and my customers were always happy to see me. One evening around 11pm. I received a text message from a customer. She needed Holle the following day to gift to her friend who just got diagnosed with breast cancer. Her friend had to start chemo right away and would need to stop breastfeeding her 5 month old. Being able to help filled my heart with so much joy and gratitude. In that moment, I came to realize my mission.
MADDIE - the destiny
A few months before Maddie was born, I gave up Joeys On The Go and created BabaBellies to focus solely on European Baby Formula. This second time around, my mission is focused. I want to spend as much time with my little loves while still making an impact with my business. Maddie is the sweetest baby as she allows me to be a mamapreneur (so as long as I am holding her). I am enjoying every minute of her being an infant (and her chubby cheeks and arms and legs) as I know she'll be grown before I'm ready for it.
With BabaBellies, I feel I have finally found my calling.
I've discovered a nice balance between being a mom and being of service to others,
and that is exactly where I want to be.