|Baby Skibbles & I at the entrance of the event|
Saturday was “VIP” day and I was so lucky to attend the Birth Without Fear breakfast hosted by Nuroo and Earth Mama Angel Baby. Baby Skibbles and I went with our real life blogger friend Miranda and Baby2.0 from Princess Among Superheroes. I got there expecting to have brunch and listen to January, founder of Birth Without Fear, speak. What I got was so much more impactful than I realized. January didn’t get up and speak. Instead, she came over, sat down, and listened to each of us. It was amazing. She held my daughter, we took selfies, and it was just an incredible time (more than I could have asked for). I was disappointed all the other VIP events were sold out before I could snag tickets, but I will be stalking the page if they decide to come back next year for these VIP options.
|Baby Skibbles, January (Birth Without Fear) and I during the VIP Breakfast|
Sunday was the big day. We got to the hotel and luckily skipped the long line since we had gotten out bracelets the day before. It was packed!! Over 400 people were there! Vendors, and brands, giveaways galore. It was sensory overload for both Baby Skibbles & I. There was a nursing lounge, diaper changing room, babywearing lounge, cloth diapering resource area and more. The vendors were amazing. There were cloth diaper stores, placenta encapsulation services, organic beauty products, essential oils, and so much more. Like I said, I could write a book!
|BECO in the Babywearing Lounge with his BecoBuddies&Babies|
|Baby Skibbles and I with Alex from BECO and January from Birth Without Fear|
|Alyssa from The Mommy Dialogues doing a Babywearing 101 seminar|
And EVERYWHERE you went, you saw babywearing, and fluffy butts, and breastfeeding. Moms, breastfeeding their newborns, and infants, and TODDLERS in public without fear that someone was going to say something. All smiling at each other because, FINALLY, we were at an event that OUR views were the majority.
|January, Birth Without Fear, speaking (and Baby Skibbles)|
January from Birth Without Fear and Jessica from The Leaky B@@B were the two featured speakers. Both made me laugh. And both made me cry. It was amazing, powerful, and I sat intently in the front row and on the floor at the front and listened. Taking in every.single.word that these two icons in the breastfeeding world have become. And I learned. About supporting each other and defending my rights and that even I need to continue nursing in public to normalize this beautiful gift we’ve been given. More to come on these speakers in another post!
|Jessica, The Leaky B@@B, speaking.|
There was a lunch break and some friends and I met up and had lunch at an awesome little place called Cosi. The food was so yummy. I had a chicken, tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich with raspberry lemonade and chicken tortilla soup!
I even won a prize!! Jamie Grayson “The Baby Guy NYC” was there to give out all the prizes! I won an adorable outfit and towel from Kushies! Of course I did a photo opp with him afterwards!
|My Prize I won from Kushies along with my MommyCon Swag Bag|
|Baby Skibbles & I (on the left), with TheBabyGuyNYC (center), and
Miranda & Baby 2.0 from Princess Among Superheroes
Lastly, I was so excited to get a shot with Xza, founder of The Mommy Dialogues and the reason this is all happening. I still don’t know which amazing lady from The Mommy Dialogues commented on my post on the PregBuzz app over a year ago, letting me know about their awesome site, but I’m forever grateful they did and for Xza making this all possible.
I’ve already heard they are planning to come back to Philly next year and it’s slated to be 3 TIMES BIGGER! Until then…I’m planning on how to make it to another one! If MommyCon is coming near you and you have been debating. Just stop. Go buy your ticket, NOW!
**Individual posts will come later this week about how the MommyCon speakers touched me. Check back in!