You remember Jen - she is the lovely mama that began as one of our wonderful PumpEase customers and shortly thereafter evolved into a true PumpEase Ambassador of her own accord. Jen first shared with us, the story of her bumpy road to exclusively pumping and pumping in public (PIP) on Black Friday and now with this post, she shows us how she pumps while working out.
This post is the third of TEN (woot!) in the "What Can You Do While Pumping" video series. Please check back regularly to see where Jen sets up the horns next!
There was quite a bit of interest on our Facebook page this morning about this particular "Pumping while..." video. I was chatting to Robyn, our Office Diva, about it and I wondered out loud if it is because it was combining two things that a) we are not that jazzed about doing, b) we procrastinate about and c) we never seem to have time for. I think it is the ultimate in multi-tasking when you can double-up on the "less-than-desirables" in your calendar.
And we should also mention that the handsome man in the picture this post is Jen's rockstar husband Jason, who is also the one behind the camera filming all the vids.
By the way, you can follow Jen on Twitter and "like" her on Facebook if you'd like to catch-up with her one-on-one.
So, would you pump while working out? Do you think combining these two "ugh's" would motivate you? Chime in below.
Hello everybody! Wendy says it’s time to introduce myself. I’m Robyn, the Snugabell Office Diva.
Who am I? I’m a born and bred Burnaby, BC girl. After I grew up (still working on that), I moved to Langley and raised three wonderful children. I have one boy and two girls, who are all in their 20’s. I breastfed all three of them and had nothing but problems - I had very little milk, no support and an archaic breast pump. My how things have changed!
I look back now and wonder how I managed to make it through the early, middle and teenage years with sanity intact. Maybe I didn’t - you would have to ask my kids.
I’m a firm believer in me; I do things that make me happy, keep me sane, and fulfill me. That may sound selfish but when I’m happy it rubs off on all the people around me. I attribute a large part of who and what I am to my running. I started running when I was forty; it was my BIG present to myself. I refused to give into the age and ageing thing; I wasn’t winding down, I was winding up! I started with 5 km, then 10 km and by the time I was 50 (last year), I had five marathons under my belt - Vancouver, Kelowna, Portland, Boston and New York. A marathon is 26.2 miles or 42.2 kilometres. Yes it is a loooong way and the intestinal fortitude it takes to finish is amazing. When life gets tough I imagine myself running across the finish line; if I can do that I can do ANYTHING. Running or any exercise is not just about physical fitness but mental fitness as well.
I've been working with Wendy for over two years, starting with first doing her bookkeeping once a month. When the opportunity to work with her on a regular basis presented itself, I jumped in with both feet. I love working at Snugabell; the environment is casual and fun. I bring my little dog, Lucy, to work with me most days; the meet and greet as Wendy’s children head out the door to school is loud and exciting every time! Wendy and I try to take the time to go for a run most days; it clears both our heads and gives us energy to finish the day.
I read all the tweets, Facebook messages and blogs about pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding and parenting. There is so much information out there that I will have lots to share with my kids when they are ready to have babies.
(And I told Wendy I had nothing to say... LOL!)
On May 9th an order came in from our website. It looked like any other order that came in that day except that there was a comment from the customer - Rebecca - asking us if it was possible to not send an invoice due to her purchase being a gift.
We sent her a message suggesting that we send her the invoice via email and asking her if she'd like us to include a gift card to the recipient and if so, what she would like it to say. She wrote back with the following note for the card.
I know things are hard right now, but they will get better. I hope this small gift will help you get through this moment and also give you some flexibility when you go back to work. I miss you so much and can't wait to see you this summer. Best wishes to you both for a safe and happy recovery.
I responded to Rebecca...
The note to your cousin is lovely. Kudos to you for reaching out to her in views of helping her establish her breastfeeding relationship with her baby. You just made my day! :-)
And then Rebecca responded back and included two lovely pictures...
Thank you Wendy. I'm an American living in France and although the social security system here rents electric pumps for free, they don't think about the fact that it's impossible to use both pumps at the same time without a product like PumpEase. I ordered one and not only can I use both pumps, I can keep in touch with my family on the net. My cousin just had a little boy who was born with a hole in his lungs & caught pneumonia. Since he's going to be in the hospital for a month, she's pumping, so I'm sending this to her to help her get through this rough start. I attached a couple of pictures of the little guy.
... and our correspondence continued:
Wendy: I am in awe of parents who persevere through their infants' illnesses like your cousin has. And my heart just swells when I hear that our product has made a difference!
And then I asked for permission to share Leah's inspiring story and images with all of you, fully expecting a "no" reply.
Rebecca: My cousin said no problem to share her story and put up the picture. She wants to share this with other moms since it's a pretty rare occurrence. Here's what she had to say:
Yes, go right ahead and let her share. Michael and I have been discussing how we want to try to let others know and be there for other parents who may be experiencing the same thing. Especially since there were no indications that anything would be wrong with him during the pregnancy, he was healthy at every appointment and even during labor. They did say he was in stress the last ten minutes but have ruled that out as a factor. One of his doctors have explained that he had Pulmonary Hypertension (I may not explain the greatest but I will try), he has high blood pressure in his lungs which can be common in newborns. They usually get it for a few days at birth but nothing to be worried about. They also think his lungs may have been a little underdeveloped so when he took his first few breaths and was struggling, he took some deep breaths and put the hole in his lung. He is getting better so amazingly fast, today I went to order flowers for my friend who was helping during the labor and then stayed the first night, and I was explaining to the florist what had happened and I was saying it with a huge smile on my face, like it wasn't anything that bad. I have been feeling a lot better knowing he is getting better and I just need to stay positive. I have made it now almost 24 hours without crying. Thank you for the onesie, Aunt Joyce brought it over yesterday. We were at the hospital last night explaining how he needed to be out of the hospital by Father's Day and I told him that you and Lucas would be arriving at that time and he needed to be ready to meet his Frenchie Cousin.
Hope all is well.
Wendy: That is wonderful Rebecca. Thank you. Please pass on thanks to Leah as well for her open mindedness about sharing her situation with other people/parents in light of raising awareness.
All the best to you and Leah...
OK, now go dry your eyes and then please share this story. And if you or anyone you know has experienced complications around Pulmonary Hypertension in a newborn, we welcome you to share your story below.
You remember Jen - she is the lovely mama that began as one of our wonderful PumpEase customers and shortly thereafter evolved into a true PumpEase Ambassador of her own accord. Jen first shared with us, the story of her bumpy road to exclusively pumping and pumping in public (PIP) on Black Friday and now with this post, she shows us how she pumps while wallking the dogs.
This post is the second of TEN (woot!) in the "What Can You Do While Pumping" video series. Please check back regularly to see where Jen sets up the horns next!
After watching Jen's vid, my mind kept wandering to the rhythmic sounds of Dr Suess-inspired prose... You can pump in the store; you can pump on the floor. You can pump while driving; you can even pump while sky diving! Walk the dogs, read epilogues... Help me finish it now - leave a comment below!
By the way, you can follow Jen on Twitter and "like" her on Facebook if you'd like to catch-up with her one-on-one.
RETAIL PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
A Nurturing Moment
Glenni Lorick, Owner
1) What inspired you to open A Nurturing Moment and when did you launch?
I’m actually the second owner. Michele Trosclair opened A Nurturing Moment in 2005 because she saw a need for in-home support for breastfeeding mothers. I began working with her in 2006 and purchased the business from her in 2009 when her husband was transferred to Colorado.
2) Do you have a company mission/vision?
We seek to provide information, education, support and encouragement to hopeful, expectant and new parents.
3) What was the biggest challenge that you faced during your journey opening the A Nurturing Moment?
My biggest challenge since I purchased the store has been balancing both time and budget. I also publish a magazine for local parents and have founded a non-profit with the goal of helping low-income and teen moms. I want to make sure that every mom we see gets the very best support possible regardless of her ability to pay. Sometimes that affects our bottom line, but I am convinced that my most important job is to serve moms and babies. The rest will fall into place.
4) What is the best part of what you do as the owner of A Nurturing Moment? What part could you live without?
The best part is helping moms and babies enjoy a successful breastfeeding relationship. I love it when a doctor sends a mom our way and we are able to resolve her problems. I love seeing chunky toddlers come through the door and know that I helped them learn to nurse. It is such a blessing. I could certainly live without the bookkeeping stuff, but fortunately I have a wonderful bookkeeper who keeps me in line!
5) How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have four children. My girls are 22 and 16, and my boys are 20 and 12.
6) What is the best part of what you do as a mom? What part could you live without?
I love being with my children, listening to their dreams and encouraging them. Being a mom is the most amazing thing because you have the privilege of watching their character develop and seeing them pursue their passions. I could definitely live without some of the mouthiness that accompanies the teen years!
7) Tell us about your experience, as a new mom, trying to find the "right products"?
I was a new mom so very long ago! But the thing I remember the most was being absolutely overjoyed when I discovered Dr. Sears and baby-wearing. My sling absolutely revolutionized my lifestyle. I think there are lots of products on the market targeting new parents, but only a handful are really necessary. I would have LOVED something like the Pump-ease, though, because I did pump sometimes while I was on the computer.
8) What has been the most helpful product that you have encountered?
I honestly think the best product a new mom can get is the Baby K’tan baby carrier. I love it! Just as soon as I’m a grandma, I’ll get myself one!
9) Do you have any inspiring stories to tell us about someone you have met or something that has happened since starting A Nurturing Moment?
I don’t know where to begin because I’ve met so many amazing mothers. A couple of years ago I had a professor at a local university as a client. She was having such a hard time, but we were able to get her baby to successfully nurse. She began sending her friends to me, and I’ve had the privilege of meeting some absolutely amazing women who are not only terrific moms but incredible professors.
10) What is the "next big thing" for A Nurturing Moment?
Well, we do have something really big in the works, but can’t talk about it quite yet. But our sister non-profit agency, Moms Nurturing Moms is working very hard to secure grant money so that we can support and greatly increase the work we do with low-income and teen moms. We’re hoping to bring a combination of breastfeeding support, infant massage, and parent education into public housing areas to help break the cycle of poverty.
11) Is there anything else you'd like to add? Perhaps something that not many people know about you or your store?
I was born in Peru, so I’m bilingual. We also cater to Spanish-speaking clients, and I have a real heart for those moms who don’t speak English but need help.
Thank you Glenni for sharing the story of the wonderful work that you do! Thank you also for generously offering to giveaway a PumpEase ($36 USD retail value) to one of our lucky readers. To enter, leave a comment on our blog explaining how hands-free pumping would make your life easier. The comment with the most "likes" by the draw date/time wins. You can also get bonus entries one or all of the following ways: "like" A Nurturing Moment on Facebook; "like" PumpEase on Facebook; follow A Nurturing Moment on Twitter; follow PumpEase on Twitter and/or follow me (Wendy Armbruster Bell) on Twitter, THEN come back to your comment and reply to it telling us what you have done for your additional entry(ies)!
The contest closes on Friday, May 13, 2011, 11 pm CST. Good luck and check back here to see if you're a winner!
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