I am a mom of 3 beautiful kids - 3 year old twins and a baby girl that just turned 1. I have been a stay at home mom since the twins were born.
Before giving birth, we struggled with fertility issues and resorted to ivf and miracally achieved to get pregnant with twins. Our life as a couple before the twins was a lot about our careers, I was a web/graphic designer for large corporations and my husband is in advertising/marketing. We filled the void of wanting a family with travel and adventure.
Throughout our travels to Europe, Latin America and Asia, we seeked out artisans that loved their craft and found items with soul. There was something so special and unique when the items were hand-made and created in an environmentally responsible way. I fantasized with the idea of one day having my own shop and curating with pieces that I loved.
Before the kids turned one, we took advantage of 'infants travel free' and we set out for more adventures. This time, it included more kid centric places to visit as a family. In Paris we visited beautiful boutiques. I appreciated how beautiful they displayed their products and the designs of their window displays. It was artful and whimsical. We also visited Hawaii, Mexico, and Colombia with the kids. In each place, we loved visiting the small local shops and found there is a unique vibe not translated in shops in the US, much less in Hollywood.
Although I developed this fascination, I did not yet have the courage to carry out my dream. I had a surprise pregnancy, which was a complete shock since we had difficulty conceiving the twins for 4 years. There was another challenge in my life that happened to get me to where I am now.
When the twins were a year and half and I was pregnant with the 3rd baby. The pediatrician noticed a developmental delay in my son. We thought he needed speech therapy but some behaviors became red flags as the therapists continued to evaluate him. I went into defense mode. I brushed the behaviors off as typical cranky emotions, but I just wasn’t informed of what signs to look for.
As I became more pregnant, I grew increasingly more isolated because it was hard to deal with my son’s tantrums. I began to read more and to watch youtube videos of children with autism. I took the steps necessary to get him the help he needed. It took me several months to accept the fact that there was a problem that was beyond what I could help him with. Many feelings of guilt overshadowed me for not doing the correct things, not seeing that I could have helped him sooner, and not feeling like a good enough mother. My son has now been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This diagnosis is used to help us get him access to the therapies he needs. We have had conflicting information and ordeals with insurances not covering a lot of the therapies he needs. I have had the need to reach out to families that are going through the same things. Simply isolating myself is not the answer. I want to create a community that supports each other. I want to create a space where kids and mommies feel welcomed.
Our journey to our son’s recovery is only the beginning. The twins are now in pre-k and doing really well. I have carved out the time and now I am dreaming big for my family. It is a hard challenge but they say that if you find your life’s purpose the universe will align and help you find the people who can help guide you. We don’t have a lot of money but we have a lot of heart. I am excited for what’s to come and the relationships I am going to make. It’s already brought me people that are special and have the best interest of the community in mind. I want the store to offer beautiful items people are craving in a place where they can feel at home.