Baby A- your water broke a year ago yesterday . I was only 25 weeks along. Daddy and I spent a terrifying night hooked up to a million monitors, just waiting…waiting for something terrible to happen to you, to me, to your twin. As wonderful as they were, the Drs were also brutally honest about the very real dangers you both faced and the lifelong complications that were extremely likely to challenge your delicate health. It seemed like the sky was falling. But the night past and the sun rose the next day. I remember the silence. Surviving that 24 hours was my only goal. We did it.
I remember a warmth and a clarity that next morning. I read somewhere once that in order to succeed at something, anything, you need to have an insane believe in yourself that you cannot fail. That became a turning point for me, for us, for our life, for BuggyLOVE – my passion. In those dark days, we felt so grateful to have been surrounded by the kindness of strangers, the amazing NICU team at Columbia Presbyterian, a close circle of friends who barricaded us from the world, a family who picked us up everytime we couldn’t take another step forward and partners at BuggyLOVE who knew the best legacy we could ever leave to our girls was to keep our important work going.
I think it’s important that you know that I’m just like you – I’m a normal Mom of three, a wife, daughter, sister, friend. I’m the household chef, tutor, party planner, carpooler, nurse and bedtime story reader. I shop at Target, live in a sweet, simple, happy house in a nice town, and spend most weekend nights home for family pizza and movie night. We save up for family vacations at the beach. I don’t go to the Oscars, I watch them on tv in my pjs with my girlfriends and a bottle of wine. I do my best to be the best Mom I can each day. Somedays I fail, somedays I knock it out of the park.
Every dollar that went into the launch of our company came from family or the second jobs that myself and my partners work in order to take this small dream of making childrens’ worlds better, purer, truly non-toxic and make it a reality. It took me awhile to stop being scared of being judged and share our story, but I think you have a right to know who we are, why we legitimately care – why we’re different. This past year has been an unbelievable journey for our family and business. Thank you for being a part of our American Dream. We hope you will continue to believe in us, share our story and make us a part of your family.
ps – The twins were born on March 3, 2013 – this is a picture of me the first day I was able to hold all three of my girls at once – May 18, 2013. Stay tuned for the bday post next week.
Written by Kristy McLellan, BuggyLOVE Co-Founder