Inclusion Feels Good

What does one do while they continue to wait for the call?  Well window shop of course.

Walking around the stores and even on line, you see the adorable clothes available.  Many of them have slogans like “I love my Dad” or “I love my Mom”.  Like most prospective parents, your heart kind of melts as you imagine your child wearing the onesie declaring their love for you (yes they don’t have a choice in the matter, but that is a different story).

In our particular situation, we don’t really have many options.  I look at some of these items and think, “well maybe I love my Dad would work, or I could add an S at the end with a marker”.

ilovemy-dads-mockup-rabbit-skins-rs2004-4x4_2_2048x2048Then something cool popped up in my social feed last night.  A new clothing line for LGBT parents.  Recently launched by the brother-in-law of Colton Haynes, Gayby is a site where LGBT parents can find cute clothes with slogans that are geared towards same-sex parent families.

For those that are not a part of a minority group, it can be difficult to understand what it is like to see a product or commercial for the first time that reflects you. It was like the first time I saw a real wedding card for a same-sex couple in a store.  I just stared at it, and the feeling of being represented felt so good.  You no longer had to modify an existing card using white out and markers!

The first clothing item I saw immediately spoke to me, given that we are pursuing open adoption and it is important for us that our child has a relationship and healthy awareness of their birth mother.

For those of us going through open adoption, this shirt is going to be a must have.

Gayby is definitely a site that I will be making some purchases from.

Inclusion feels so good! Can’t wait to see more companies bring products and services to the main stream that are inclusive of all of our diversity.


When the Time Comes…

So I will admit that I love to shop.  I enjoy spending time at home on my laptop cruising the internet and making future selections. Whether it is choosing furniture for fictional future cottage, or in the case of the last year… shopping for our future child.

When the time comes, executing on my plan will be quite easy really.  I have everything selected from my future crib, the stroller and right down to the swaddlers.  Too much?  I don’t think so.  I am not a huge subscriber to gender specific items, but rather I tend to gravitate to the classic good quality items that can grow with our child.

I am obsessed with the Mountain Buggy Luxury Collection in Nautical

My stroller of choice is the Mountain Buggy Luxury Collection . Stylish, classic, elegant. Plus the practicality is off the charts.  Gorgeous.

The other part about the Mountain Buggy is that the safety and quality ratings across the board are incredible.  It is gender neutral in my opinion and will grow with our child. Did I mention it has leather handles, cup holder and a matching diaper bag? Sweet!

My crib of choice is classic in design, neutral in pallet.  I really like the Jonesport Convertible Crib in Cloud grey.

Simple and elegant

It will really go with any colour scheme, and technically can take our child through to teenage years.  Practical right? I also love the warmth of the grey, which is probably why I have a grey theme running throughout the house.

My other baby obsession is all things Aden + Anais. Stunning, classic children’s clothes, blankets and swaddles etc.  They believe in simplicity, safety and of course expression through style. The muslin swaddles are sooo soft. I can only imagine how beautifully they would wash.

Gorgeous patterns and soft muslin

So yes, I’m obsessed.  I will continue to update you on more stunning baby finds. I can’t wait!