Exciting news! Our team is a family, and it’s expanding. When you work in a tightly knit woman-owned and operated business the notion of motherhood is always in the air, and even more so this month- Not only because of Mother’s Day but also because our founder, Chrissy, is nine months pregnant! It would be an understatement to say motherhood has been on our minds a *little* bit more than usual this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d soak up the spirit of motherly love and explore what motherhood means to all the mama’s on our team.
Chrissy Fogerty | CEO | baby Fauxgerty due May 23rd!
What are some of your favorite unexpected joys of being a mom?
Julia: I never anticipated that the little things would bring me some of the best joys. I’m slowly learning that those little things stand out to our children. My daughter has a memory unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And what she holds on to are the simplest things. It’s beautiful when she says things like, “Mommy, remember when you and I went to the concert in the park and the band drove by us in that golf cart and all those girls were screaming?” She is slowly painting the pictures of her childhood with these itty bitty captures of time. And I’m right along with her. Hanging on to every. little. thing.
Julia Navarro | Brand Manager, STL | with her daughter, Zalyn
Chrissy: As a mom-to-be, I think the connectedness with your child while still in the womb is so special. Baby movements and hiccups are the some of the sweetest things I have ever experienced.
Meg: I imagined, projected, dreamt of what it would be like, but I could never have possibly wrapped my head around what motherhood would be. It’s every available emotion, rolled into one big ball of [in]sanity. Discovery has been one of the highlights of motherhood - what they’re capable of, what I’m capable of…what once was old is refreshed and new to me. Living through their eyes…watching their minds and hearts spark when they see, do, accomplish something for the first time - it’s inexplicable.
Amber: No one ever told me about the superpowers you gain... My kisses heal boo-boos. My hugs make tears disappear. My storytelling creates dreams. My words boost confidence. And, I have an extra set of eyes in the back of my head so I can see everything. Pretty rad set of skills!
Amber Butler | Influencer & Fit Model | with her daughter, Charlie
Jessie: There are so many unexpected joys of being a mom that it's hard to know where to begin. One of my favorite qualities about my daughter Amelie is that it is so easy to make her laugh, and once you have her going it is almost hard to get her to stop. The sound of her laughing is the purest form of joy I’ve ever known and one of my favorite things about being a parent.
How has motherhood shaped you into the woman you are today?
Julia: Motherhood has granted me a sense of patience that I never knew I was capable of. I’ve learned that if I can just take a quick breath and get to my daughters level, try to understand where she is coming from, I can better validate what she is feeling and guide her in the way that is best for her. Because at the end of the day, we all just want to be validated in our feelings. And it takes quite a bit of patience to do just that. But it has taught me so much. From those meltdowns in the middle of the Target aisles to the slamming of the doors and the “Leave me alones” Trust me, take a breath and just be patient.
Chrissy: Being pregnant has offered my life even more perspective. I have always valued relationships and family, but beginning my own little family makes me look inward and shape the kind of woman I want my daughter to look up to. I cannot wait to see what she teaches my husband and I.
Meg: Motherhood has done a fab job of pointing out my faults - she’s good like that. But I think having these people (because we’re all just people - blood/no blood/adult/child) in my life has made me more of aware of myself - my actions, my words. They’re helping me to strive to be the best version of myself possible. I think that’s pretty cool.
Meg Ebaugh-Faris | Art Director | with her son, Grady (above) and step-daughter, Delia (below)
Amber: It has transformed me into a better version of myself. I thought I was an adult... umm, no. I had no idea what that meant until I met her. Motherhood is adulthood. This tiny human is looking at you for all the answers... from learning how to tie their shoe to dealing with that bully at the playground.
Jessie: I’ve only been a mom for 10 months but I will say that it has put everything in perspective. It has made me realize that family, health and safety are at the top of the list and everything else is icing on the cake. Being a parent has made me more responsible, accountable, selfless and has revealed a deeper layer of myself and of existence. I have become more emotional in general and even more in love with my husband.
Any words of wisdom for new mama’s or moms-to-be?
Julia: There are TONS of books on parenting. But there is no book on parenting YOUR child. Every child is unique and not every lesson or advice or strategy works for every child. Only you know what is best for your child. So, my advice is don’t take any advice. Trust your instinct and trust yourself that you really do got this and you really are doing the best you can and you’re doing a heck of a job!
Chrissy: I am all ears to all the mamas who have wisdom to share!
Meg: Important and not always easy: don’t forget yourself - your needs. Children can wait [most of the time]. The good, the bad, the ugly…soak. it. up.
Amber: There is no manual. Do what works for your family. And, if you don’t know you’ll figure it out :)
Jessie: My advice for new moms or mama's-to-be would be to trust your instincts and allow your intuition to lead the way. Also, get outside as much as possible! Its necessary for both you and your baby.
Jessie De Lowe | Brand Influencer, LA | with her daughter, Amelie
Motherhood is such an individual, universal experience. The conversation doesn’t have to stop here! We urge you to leave a comment and join in on our motherhood discussion. Share that motherly love- Tell us about your favorite joys, how the job title “Mom” has shaped you into the person you are today, or leave advice for mama’s to be. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts!