Tell us a bit about yourself (where you’re from, what your hobbies are, etc.)
I'm originally from central Iowa and my husband, Joe, and I relocated to Columbus in 2010. I worked in Human Resources at Nationwide for about 10 years before I left in 2015 to stay at home with my two kids, Logan and Clara. Besides volunteering for CBW, I enjoy reading, gardening, volunteering at my son's preschool, participating in my local Moms' club activities, riding my bike, and drinking coffee and craft beer.
I stay busy by wrangling my kiddos, exploring our local parks, enjoying our local library, and spending time with our fantastic network of neighbors.
Tell us about your family (significant other, children, fur children, other pets, etc)
I've been married to Joe, my high school sweetheart, for 9 years. We have a 5 year old son, Logan, and a 2.5 year old daughter, Clara. Our original babies are our dogs: Tucker, a Germain-Shorthaired Pointer and Ruby, a Viszla.
When you were pregnant, did you plan on wearing your baby?
When I was pregnant with my oldest, a fellow prego friend and I went to the Worthington Farmers Market and saw a woman wearing her baby in a stretchy wrap, running a CSA stand. The baby looked so cozy and she was able to run her business while baby snuggled. That interaction inspired me to make a DIY stretchy wrap and snag a $15 Ergo from a consignment sale. I knew I wanted to be able to enjoy the coziness and convenience of babywearing that I saw at the market that day.
What do you love about babywearing?
My second child was very high needs for about the first year of her life. Babywearing helped me provide for her needs while also giving me the freedom to attend to her big brother as well. Even though she didn't want anybody other than mama, I could still keep up with my then-toddler when I wore her. Now that my kids are older, we don't wear very often; however, it's so nice to have wearing in my bag of parenting tricks for when my toddler is sick or having a particularly hard day.
Which one of your carriers do you use the most and what do you love about it?
These days, we mostly wear our SSC (a standard Kinderpack); however, when we were in the throes of wearing, I loved using woven wraps. My daughter was born full term, but very small. Woven wraps gave both her and me a custom fit that made it super comfortable when we would wear for hours and hours at a time.
Tell us about your main role within the CBW Leadership Team?
I'm the chairperson for the New Leader Committee, which means that I lead a team of leaders in developing processes and resources for the recruitment, onboarding, and training of new leaders. I'm also the Primary Meeting Leader for Monday meetings, which means that I handle the registration, staffing assignments, meeting logistics, and act as the point person for any general questions about Monday Skills Workshops and Meetups.
What additional role(s) do you have within the CBW Leadership Team?
I also support our leader community by developing and writing internal policies and communications. Additionally, I've mentored several leaders in training through their training periods.
What drew you to become a leader for our community?
Babywearing really became part of my life after I had my second child. I began helping my parents within my own social circle learn how to use their baby carriers, and decided I wanted to expand my knowledge and reach to help more folks in Central Ohio. Additionally, volunteering with CBW helps me stay in touch with many of the skills and abilities I used in my old "corporate life". I'm able to focus my volunteering with areas that match up with my HR and organizational change management background, which helps me maintain some of my identity of my "old" self.
What activity are you most likely to rely on babywearing to get done?
My toddler prefers to run or walk these days, but our SSC still comes in handy to make it through long days at the zoo or when I want to keep her out of the way as I carry in giant boxes of groceries from Costco.
What skill do you hope to master over the next year? (does not have to be babywearing specific but it *can* be)
After about a year's hiatus, I am hoping to revisit the wonderful world of sourdough and perfect my sourdough loaf!