Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Vera and her son Eitan. Their story really made an impact in our lives not only because of the strength, courage, love, and patience involved, but also because of the unexpected yet beautiful role Baby Noomie played in all this. Little Eitan was connected to different tubes that assisted him in eating and feeding and our baby clothing was the most comfortable choice for easy in and out and softness. A year later, Eitan is an amazing toddler, running around free, happy, and most importantly, healthy. And Vera, is just a supermom keeping it all together. We asked her once how she was able to change tubes, give meds, and handle a medical ventilator without hesitation, and she answered: if I don’t stay strong then the moment I simply give up everything and everyone around me including my family will begin to fall apart. My family needs me at my best to keep going.”
Vera taught us that, as moms, we need to set the pace in our house. If we show strength our family will be strong, if we show patience, we will teach them perseverance, and if we keep going and keep trying, we will teach them to never give up.
Thank you Vera, not only for sharing your amazing story, but also for reminding us that what we do has a positive impact, and however small it is, to us it means the world.
Q: A year has gone by; can you tell us a bit about Eitan today?
A: Eitan is an amazing boy who continues to impress me each and every day. This past year he has made huge progress. He is now two and a half years old and is no longer on a vent. He is thankfully breathing 100% on his own. He had his trach removed and a few months later we surgically closed the hole. He can talk, walk, run and has recently learned how to jump and is very proud of himself! He still does not eat anything by mouth and gets fed via his g-tube. He loves having conversations, reading books, playing basketball, building cars and airplanes, playing at my gym and tucking in his brother and sister to bed. He has come such a long way and is truly a miracle child.
Q: As a mom, what has been the greatest challenge?
A: I don’t know why but I don’t feel that I can state one greatest challenge. I don’t feel that this has been a challenge for me, I just feel that this is the life G-d gave me and I take it day by day. I have accepted it and stayed positive throughout and learned how to take on a different life than the one I thought I was going to have. However, all of that being said there are some things that are very very difficult to deal with. For example, dealing with the insurance companies and the constant bills and disagreements, managing and dealing with his day and night shift nurses in my house, making sure Eitan always has all the right equipment he needs, making time for each member of my family, trying to make things seem as if all is normal in our life when it’s really not, keeping an active social life, and most of all I have realized it is very hard to plan anything because I never know what to expect, so I like to live day by day.
Q: What would you tell other moms out there who are going through a challenging time?
A: I think I mentioned this in the first interview, but PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE. Each child is so fragile when they are born, whether they have a medical condition or not, and they need time and stimulation to grow and flourish. And even if your child isn’t going to be that “normal” kid you thought you were going to have, its ok because this is the path you were supposed to take. Surround yourself with a strong support system. Try to see the positive in everything and try to find moments of peace.
Q: Does Eitan still wear Noomie?
A: Of course Eitan still wears Noomie. I love that Noomie designs its pajamas with very clear prints. These fun prints can initiate a conversation with your child or even provide a child the opportunity to make a choice and select which pajama they want to wear that night. Do you want the panda bear pajama or the doggie pajama? Although his sister has outgrown her Noomie pajamas, she still continues to wear them because she loves how soft they are and of course matching Eitan is a huge plus!
Baby Noomie’s collection for the fall-winter season is off to a great start! Buyers across the United States and internationally, are welcoming the mom-preneur made brand into their stores, and many more are expected to land on it at the February Children’s Club in New York.
But, what is so special about Baby Noomie’s latest collection? Their prints are now hand drawn and then digitalized. Andrea, co-founder and head of production at Baby Noomie stated that “the hand drawn technique gives our prints personality and relevance. Stores want to find unique items, and we can offer that. For example, the rainbow print has imperfect fine lines and fillings that can only be accomplished by hand. When this was digitized, the outcome was just perfect. I saw a naturally born print made by a human being, exactly what I wanted to accomplish”.
Sloths, Llamas, Eyes, Letters are some of the concepts that made Baby Noomie’s fall-winter baby clothing so successful, alongside its 100% Pima cotton component.
We have a secret family recipe and we want to share it with you:
Recipe for Valentine’s Day
1. Have breakfast with the family.
Most days we don’t get to do this because everyone has a different hour to go out, but let’s change that for today! Enjoy some yummy eggs with bacon, fresh orange juice and a toast, a breakfast of champions to start the day in the right way.
2. Tell you kids you love them!
As moms we certainly do this on a daily basis, but lets really take a moment to tell our kids how much we love them and make sure they notice that. Here’s another tip: write a post it with a lovely note and send it inside their lunch box, so they will get a surprise to light up their day.
3. Cancel the baby sitter, it’s all about sam today!
We know is Valentine’s and you want to go out with a special someone, but what if date night is on another day and instead you spend extra time with your kids! Cancel the baby sitter and cherish the little moments.
4. Finally, make some heart shaped cookies and enjoy 😋
Everyone loves a good cookie, make them with a twist and show some love with a heart shape. This can also be a good afternoon plan, baking with the fam is always fun and delicious!
We hope this ancient recipe works for you too!
Btw before we go! This is the perfect day to show your kids you love them by dressing them with the “To the moon and back“ footie or PJ, because on February 14th (and the whole year) we love our little ones to the moon and back!
Baby Noomie took its favorite toddlers for a stroll through Miami
School is almost over and busy traveling season is about to begin! If you are one of many parents traveling with mini jet setters, here are some important tips that you might want to consider for your trip. Having traveled with two toddlers (ages 2 & 3) myself, I have learned some meaningful lessons along the way. Firstly, make the diaper bag for the journey as light as possible; you probably have suitcases filled with things you won
The unicorn trend has taken the world by storm, and we at Baby Noomie, joined the craze with our most popular print yet! But, what is so powerful about them? Unicorns have been a legendary symbol of magic and positivity. The trend has awakened cherished childhood memories in all of us; and what better way than re-living those years through our daughters. So we began sketching our Baby Noomie unicorn, in tones of light purple and pink with a touch of gold sparkle. We then digitalized it, and printed it in the softest fabric: Pima cotton. Since its launch, our unicorn print has flown off shelves throughout the country. We are thrilled that a symbol so powerful and magical has become a must-have Baby Noomie product. Join the trend, and dress your baby in the cutest and softest unicorns. May your little girls
If you are a Baby Noomie fan, you won
Baby Noomie has recently become part of Brixy, a network for independent baby stores that gives them access to the best deals and products in the baby industry to help grow their business. There are 250 Brixy member stores across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Through Brixy, these retailers are able to connect and provide each other anything from business advice to product recommendations. So, what does this mean for us at Baby Noomie? Being able to serve a community of independent stores is beyond exciting! In order to become a Brixy partner, you need the support of Brixy member stores that have had positive experiences with your line. So to all the Brixy members that have recommended us, we are very thankful! We strive to offer our customers the best service and quality in each and every one of our products. Becoming a Brixy partner means that we have been able to accomplish that. We are looking forward to participating in this wonderful community, and strongly encourage all our Baby Noomie fans to look for your pima cotton favorites in Brixy member stores that you can locate