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    Bra Size Matters-from nursing training bras to G cup

    Bra Size Matters-from nursing training bras to G cup

    I was working the other day when in rushed shopper Natasha. She explained she needed help getting a proper nursing bra for her new and "improved" G cup size. She was in a hurry because she had to feed her 10 day old soon. I grabbed her a few bras and began to fit her. She said "Thank you so much for your help! I seriously don't know what to do, and I feel like a porn star!" (cue to other customers looking up suddenly;)


    She went on to say that her husband sent her in because he couldn't handle listening to the despair in her voice as she tried on another ill fitting bra delivered by Amazon that she had purchased without being able to try on. He found our store, stayed home with the kids and sent her on her way! Love those dads!

    I commiserated as I too was difficult to fit in nursing bras, but for the opposite reason. When I was nursing I was a 32 B. A full B, but a B cup none the less. She laughed as I explained to her it was virtually impossible to find a training bra that nurses!

    bras.  size matters

    I love that we can fit everyone from me to her, and no matter what size, getting personally fit makes all the difference! Here at the shop we have, at some point in our history, carried almost every bra out there.  If you're in the shop or online, ask us about the ones we don't carry any longer! If we don't know, ask us to call Sarah, bra's are her obsession and she remembers them all, it's a little scary. This new mamaa was thrilled to have found bras that contained her new, ahem, ample bosom. I was thrilled to share a laugh and make her day!

     

    Why Worry?

    Why Worry?

    Many years ago Emily looked at me and asked "Should I stress about it?", "it" in this case being a buying decision, and I said "Well,that's a choice, and I have found it to be an ineffective method of change."

    As parents, we worry.  We worry a lot. From the moment of conception until, well, my mother has been known to ask me if I've had my flu shot, so, maybe forever!  Worry, and therefore stress, are choices, and while there are some things that it makes sense to act on-teach your child to not run into the street, there are others that are completely out of our control.

    The first worry of parenting might be "Can I conceive?"  Then, after we conceive we go straight to miscarriage.  This is a not entirely unreasonable fear, and losing a pregnancy is heartbreaking and real.  Depending upon a number of factors it might happen, 10-25% chance in the first trimester.  And. There is nothing that you can do to prevent it. According to the Mayo Clinic most happen as a result of chromosomal abnormalities.  None of this changes the loss or the pain, but worrying about it changes nothing.  There is no preventing it. 

    These days(as opposed to 100 years ago) people know that they are pregnant at 5 weeks often, and the common practice is to wait until your 12th week to tell anyone.  Why?  Fear.  We don't like pain or loss and we don't want to make others feel it.  As I worked with someone in her 7th week, who was clearly optimistic and recognized that the odds were with her, I wondered, where is the self care in living in fear? I have known many people who have suffered this loss, this pain.  It may be fine for some people to move through it on their own, others may want support and acknowledgement as they mourn the loss of the dreams for that pregnancy. 

    I have a friend who's baby2b had a chromosomal abnormality and we brought her meals and love.  My sister-in-law lost her baby later, once the fear had past, "It's not suppose to happen like this" my wife said to me.  No.  It's not.  But it does.  And what that mom wanted was to be showered with flowers, to be surrounded by beauty.   This loss was many years ago, after her first was born, and before her second, now 11, and the pain will never leave. She wrote a beautiful book about it.  I still weep deeply when I read it. But. The odds are very slim.  And worrying would not have changed a thing.

    There are many things in life that we can actually change-don't text and drive, don't drink and drive, wear your seat belt-these things will actually decrease the odds of being hurt in an accident.  Period. There are a bazillion more ways to take care and be safe and keep our children safe.

    There are even more things that we cannot change.  Especially one they're teenagers! We do the best for our child, but if we are doing it from a place of fear that they will not grow up "right", we are doing it for the wrong reasons. 

    Our job is to love, to set clear boundaries, to buckle them up.  For me as a parent, worrying about doing it "right"(which, if you follow the bazillion experts is constantly changing on many subjects)?  That just makes me a more crazy, less good parent.

    So, have a good day. Take care of yourself. Show love to those you love.  Accept love given. Live in the present, not the fear of an unknown future. Be honest with yourself. Appreciate the sky.

    Meet the Team

    Meet the Team

    We know, we know, all the spin is on team work, and dream work, and, can I just say?  We believe!

    And, Chantal, in our SF store is part of this winning team.  You've met her?  Then you know:)  Want to know more about the team?  Check out our locations and meet the whole team.  Chantal's mini bio looks like this:

    { Chantal}

    Being a mom is by far the most important and enjoyable part of my life.

    Originally from Quebec, I have traveled and lived all over the US and there is no place like California! Living here makes me happy!

    Besides the yoga studio, you will find me outdoors in the company of my Brussels Griffon, walking all over San Francisco. Discovering little off the beaten path wineries are among my favorite past times. I seek balance.

    Black, jewel tones, jeans, dresses. I prefer to keep it simple but add a touch of unpredictability like, oh, anything with cowboy boots, my favorite footwear!

    Fashion is best when having fun!

    Welcome Back Dede! Another now-mom MOM.

    Welcome Back Dede! Another now-mom MOM.

    Dede's back in SF! Anyone who remembers her from her previous stint at Mom's the Word has a child age 7 or older!  Crazy.

    We are so happy to have another "now mom" MOM rejoin the team of moms, not moms and one grandmom.  Making this retail company work for our moms, and people with moms, is just all part of the mission-got a PTA meeting, husband out of town, teenager needing a little direction, your mom really wants to Zumba with you?  We've got you covered. 

    Meet Dede.

    I am a wife, mom, and style enthusiast.

    I am a people person and my favorite part of my job is making people feel good.

    In my spare time I enjoy stepping on Legos barefoot, asking kids to put their shoes on (I prefer to ask repeatedly with, no one responding), getting tangles out of My Little Pony’s tails and answering questions like “If Hulk and Thor got in a battle, who would win?” And subsequently defending my position.

    I love adventuring and exploring with my family- hiking, trips to the river, camping, road trips, flea markets, outdoor movies, and hosting play dates that turn into  impromptu dinner parties.

    My style is California Lifestyle: easy and low maintenance. Lots of denim, knits, maxi dresses and rompers. I have a weakness for jackets, sweaters and boots. I top off every outfit with a piece of unique jewelry.

    Now you know why she just belongs here?

    She worked with us when she was pregnant with her first, and modeled for us with her second. 

    Dede's cute, and our amazing and fabulous photographer, Rob Prideaux, did his thing-making MOM models who have never modeled, look fabulous.

    Welcome back Dede!

    Working Moms/Welcome Back Gloria!

    Working Moms/Welcome Back Gloria!

    All moms are working moms.  Period.

    Personally I was able to take almost 9 months out of the paid work force after my first was born, and, after giving me my two boys, those 9 months were the best gift that my former spouse ever gave me.  And, when I went back, I was ready to be with grown-ups a little more, ready to read something without turning a page between sentances.  I was ready for a few hours off from the rewarding but hard work of parenting 24/7.  

    Re-entering the paid work force/staying home with the kids?  There isn't a right way or a wrong way.  Period. We moms all do what we feel is best for us, and therefore for our children.

    Gloria was not a mom when she first joined us in 2012.  And we loved having her here when she was pregnant. Here she is in November 2014 doing her best "Get theLook" look in Mom's the Word styles of the moment. (And that bag still comes with her to work every day.)

    She's been a working mom for 15 months, and now she has just joined the paid work force. We love having her back!

    Here's what she wrote for her personal page on our site:

    If you had asked me a year and a half ago

    "What's your favorite thing?" I would not have hesitated-

    "Traveling, exotic places, dreaming and beautiful beaches"

    Now?

    No doubt. Watching my baby boy growing-

    exploring and discovering the world; exciting, exotic and new.

    And when he looks at me with those amazing blue eyes?

    My heart melts in a way I never knew was possible.

     

    Yup.

    Welcome Back Gloria!!