I came across the website 9bliss in all my pregnancy and mommy blogger research. It is such an amazing site for expecting mommy’s. It offers tips, interesting articles products for mommy’s to be and so much more!
When I contacted 9bliss to see if they would be interested in being featured on Then Comes Baby they wrote me back right away and asked if I wanted to interview their contributing editor, Lauren, as she had just had a baby. What better way to hear about a pregnancy site than to hear from a new mom who works for them!
Lauren and I have never met. She lives in Florida, so all our communication has been through email. She has been so wonderful as we have been going back and forth for months! I am so happy to finally feature her because, she not only gives tips on being a new mom, and a working mom, but also talks about the resourceful site 9bliss.
*photos were taken by Dawn Young
Baby: Charlotte – 10 months
Q1. Tell me about yourself
I moved to NY after college to pursue my Master’s in Journalism from NYU, and then spent the better part of my 20s working at media companies like Condé Nast and Martha Stewart. I absolutely loved those creative work environments, and I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some incredible talent.
My husband and I had an amazing run in NYC, but when it came time to decide where we wanted to raise our little girl, we realized that our studio might not be suitable for three. We also really wanted to be closer to family. So we packed up our tiny apartment into a two-bedroom sized truck (I think I’m efficient when it comes to making the most of a small space. My husband thinks we have too much stuff.), and moved to Florida in the middle of my third trimester. Once Charlotte was born I decided to trade in my heels for flip-flops, and these days I’m balancing multiple freelance projects with being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Q2. Tell me a little bit about 9Bliss
9Bliss fills what I think is a much-needed niche. It’s a one-stop-destination for everything pregnant women and new moms need or want to know (or didn’t know they needed or wanted to know). We try to cover a broad range of topics, from tips for packing your hospital bag, to info on BPA, to must-have products. The site launched this past October, right before my daughter was born, and I wish it had been around during the rest of my pregnancy.
Q3. What is your job at 9Bliss?
I’m a contributing editor for 9Bliss. It’s the perfect role for me right now since I just went through my nine months and pregnancy and parenting are definitely top of mind.
Q4. Congratulations on your new baby! How has life been as a new mom?
Thanks! I absolutely love being a mom. As a former nanny I wasn’t sure whether I was ready, but it’s true what people say about it being different when it’s your own child. Watching Charlotte grow, learn, and smile has been an incredible gift. Every day brings something new. It’s an indescribable feeling to look into the crib every morning and have someone be so happy to see you. Even at 4am!
Q5. How has it been juggling a new baby and work?
Anyone who says it’s easy being a working mom, even one who works from home, is either super human or they have a battery of help at their beck and call. For me, and most of my friends, going back to work has been an adjustment. Prior to having Charlotte, I was working 60 plus hour weeks in an office. I am so lucky that I was able to transition into freelancing and work from home, and I love that I get to be present for all of Charlotte’s milestones and the adorable moments in between. But it took some time to find a productive rhythm when it came to balancing deadlines and mommyhood. Once we established a routine, and Charlotte was sleeping through the night (at least most of the time), it became a lot easier. I also have my mom around the corner, and I can’t express how grateful I am to have had her help from the beginning.
Q6. What was your favorite product you used during pregnancy?
There are two pieces that I’d call maternity must-haves: The Bellaband from Ingrid & Isabel, and a bra back extender. I know everyone is different when it comes to sizing, but maternity pieces can be so pricey and you outgrow them so quickly, so anything that helps extend the life of your existing wardrobe is essential.
Q7. What is your favorite product you use now as a mother?
In the beginning, we were going through more than ten pacifiers a day! Every time one fell on the floor, we’d have to grab another. Then, a friend bought me a pacifier clip from DeMoss Designs on Etsy. They’re made by a fellow mom, and are compatible with the hospital issued pacifiers (Avent Soothies), which happen to be the only ones my daughter will use. I immediately ordered three more in different fabrics!
The Halo Sleep Sacks are also great. My little one never liked being swaddled. We actually used to call her Baby Houdini because she could escape even the most perfect wrap so quickly. These were the perfect solution. Especially during winter!
Q10. What is 1 piece of advice about pregnancy and parenting you swear by?
Pregnancy – You’ll feel a lot better about your ever-changing figure if you can find pregnancy clothes that fit your everyday pre-pregnancy style. There are so many options for pregnant women these days that don’t involve moo moos. Show off your baby bump!
Parenting – I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m a bit obsessed with the “French” method of parenting, and I absolutely loved Pamela Druckerman’s book Bringing up Bébé. Aside from uncovering the secret to raising well-mannered children, Druckerman talks a lot about the sophistication of the French child’s palate. We are just now starting solids, but as she grows I want to make sure that Charlotte is introduced to a variety of foods, and that her plate is always full of color. Not just pasta and rice.