Tell us a bit about yourself (where you’re from, what your hobbies are, etc.)
I've lived in Columbus since age 4, so I consider myself a native. When I have free time, I love to craft and DIY! Right now, I'm in the midst of a mystery cross stitch along and also working on a Hogwarts house afghan. Aside from my work with CBW, I also volunteer for POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms), am a Daisy Girl Scout Leader and like to pick up shifts at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
I work full time for a local finance company and LOVE my job. :)
Tell us about your family (significant other, children, fur children, other pets, etc)
I've been married to my husband Caleb for almost ten years! We have three children -- an angel baby, a five year old - Savannah, and an almost two year old James. We also have the world's meanest cat, Sprinkles and a very excitable pup named Minerva (aka Minnie). They keep me busy and I love every moment of it!
When you were pregnant, did you plan on wearing your baby?
Yes -- moreso with my second than my first though. I discovered CBW prior to even being pregnant with my second and was in AWE of how beautiful and comfy wrapping looked (shoutout to my babywearing role model - Ashley Williams). I *knew* I wanted to be a wrapper with #2!
What do you love about babywearing?
I love how it keeps us close and connected even when we are on the move. My little dude is almost two but we usually wear at least once a day!
Which one of your carriers do you use the most and what do you love about it?
Wrapping will always be my first love but my wearee doesn't have as much patience for it anymore. Our most used is probably either an onbuhimo or ring sling for quick ups but we also love our toddler Kinderpack!
Tell us about your main role within the CBW Leadership Team?
My main role is educator! I love getting to teach new skills to our meeting attendees. I'm also the Fundraising Chair -- a lot of my blood, sweat and tears went into this year's Spring Fling!
What additional role(s) do you have within the CBW Leadership Team?
I served as Grove City meeting lead as we trialed the new Saturday workshop. I've also served on several committees and was a key figure in getting CBW set up on MyTurn!
What drew you to become a leader for our community?
CBW helped me learn to wear! I wanted to help others learn the same skills that were so essential for me as parent. What keeps me in leadership is all of the small baby snuggles and the AMAZING group of leaders -- we have a very strong, supportive network and I'm very appreciative of it!
What activity are you most likely to rely on babywearing to get done?
Grocery shopping! I don't have time to chase a two year old when I just want to get in and out so up he goes!
What skill do you hope to master over the next year? (does not have to be babywearing specific but it *can* be)
I'm setting a goal to run my first 1/2 marathon in 2019!