Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
We moved to Nashville from California almost 7 years ago. Now we live in Ashland City, about 30 minutes north of Nashville. We love it out here in the country because we have lots of space to run around and be in nature!
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Milo West, age 2
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
That I am an avid, Granny-status knitter! Or that I used to be a full time touring musician before having Milo.
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
My own Mom! She is the reason I always knew I wanted my own children, because she was so inspirational in the way that she raised us kids. The knowledge she has passed onto me is completely invaluable, and watching her now with my own baby is the most special thing.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I am working towards becoming a certified Postpartum Doula and Breastfeeding educator, as well as an accredited La Leche League Leader. I am currently available to start serving families as a postpartum doula while I gain the necessary field hours to complete my certification, and am looking forward to working with families in the area as they enter their parenting journey!
What has been the most unexpected thing about being a mom?
We didn’t find out the gender of our baby when we were pregnant, but I secretly hoped for a girl. We had a son instead, who of course has been the absolute most magical, completely transformative thing that has ever happened to us. Raising a son is really making me think carefully about how little boys are raised in our society, and how I can do my part to raise a sensitive, caring, gentle human. I love being his Mama so much, and I just want to do right by him every day!
How would you describe your parenting style?
We practice gentle and attachment parenting. All of the stuff that some people love to tell you not to do or that many parents seem to be on the fence about: Extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, and we intend to homeschool. Of course, I know that it’s not for everyone, but it’s what works for our family.
One piece of wisdom you would love to impart to your child?
That feelings are ok. That in our home we will strive to listen to you, always, and not push your feelings aside or make the assumption that “You’re OK” when you are showing us otherwise. I want my child and future children to always feel heard, seen, respected, and above all else, loved.