Why Baby and Sunshine?

Why Baby and Sunshine?

Being a mom blogger, I am on the constant hunt for the best and most useful products for babies and toddlers. Even though bloggers and influencers often get a bad rep for promoting everything that comes their way, I can say with pride that I only promote products and work with companies I believe in. Given that I work full-time and I am a mommy, I make sure that the rest of my precious time is filled with purpose and causes I believe in. I recently found an amazing company that I have collaborated with called Baby and Sunshine. In recent articles, I have already talked about their amazing subscription boxes filled with premium quality items for mom and baby. I have also embedded a video of me opening my second super box where you can see the exclusive items that were sent to me. But today I would like to talk a little more about the company itself so you can see how special it is and who you would be supporting when purchasing Baby and Sunshine subscription boxes.

The beginnings of Baby and Sunshine

Baby and Sunshine is owned by the Washington based couple Thao and USMC veteran Jeremiah. While the parents of two beautiful baby-girls love parenthood, they are also aware of the challenges that can come with it. Mom Thao says about pregnancy and the newborn stage: “When I was pregnant with my two daughters, I went through Postpartum Depression with both of them before I even gave birth. So months, years of constant mental turmoil and anguish. Dada here, did his best to be my rock, and for the babies too. There were days when I was happy and doing just fine, then there were days when I literally could not stop crying. And my husband had to pick up the slack – he’s gotten very good at changing diapers, cooking, cleaning, you name it! [lol] He’s a USMC veteran and I think taking care of babies is harder than his tours to Afghanistan! Laughs aside, through all this, we realized that when you’re building your family, on the outside there’s all this joy and cuteness, but on the inside, there could be a great deal of pain and struggle.” In addition to emotional struggles, the couple also had to struggle with their two babies’ sensitive skin. They were constantly on the hunt for the right fabric that would be gentle on their skin. However, not only did they spent a fortune in clothes their kids would outgrow in a heartbeat, but the clothes also tended to lose their softness after a few washes. Thus, they were looking for ways to make mom’s life easier by providing premium quality items for mom and baby. And this is how the idea for Baby and Sunshine was born! “Basically, your one-stop shop for parents who want to provide high quality and comfortable clothing for their babies and take care of mom at the same time. Then I realized, when you’re dealing with Postpartum Depression (before you even give birth), you don’t want to do anything, life basically loses meaning. Another mother in my shoes could struggle through the most menial task, including shopping and preparing for baby and herself. So that’s when we made the change to subscription boxes, this way we can be of service even more,” says Thao.


How are their subscription boxes different from others?

Baby and Sunshine takes a lot of pride in what they are doing and it shows. The company is very generous and truly believes in their products. Instead of filling their boxes up with paper to make it look like more (like a lot of other companies do), the customers will receive a box packed to the rim. To name an example of their generosity and commitment: the company recently sent me matching shirts from my family. When I sent them a picture, they noticed the shirt was rather big on me. Since they care about happy customers, they offered on their own to send me an extra short that would be better fitting. The owners comment “We want to provide incredible value through our boxes. We don’t make much profit at all per box, sometimes we break even or even lose a little bit. If you do the math, it comes out to around $10 per item. If you search for any other organic cotton footed onesie, it could cost you $20 or even $30+ for each piece. Not to mention our sleep sacks, to get this same quality anywhere else, you’re looking at $60 or $70+ each.” I personally can attest to that. My son has the Baby and Sunshine sleep sack and is extra comfy and so fluffy. It must feel like sleeping on a cloud. I have not found any sleep sack like that in any of the typical baby stores. When speaking about their overall mission, Thao says “Our ultimate goal is to make parents’ lives easier without costing them an arm and a leg. Everything that we do with Baby and Sunshine, every change that we make, we do through the eyes of being parents ourselves. We treat each and every person that interacts with Baby and Sunshine with as much care and generosity as we can, because we believe what you put out into the universe can either make it better or make it worse, and we certainly want to make it better.”


Affiliate Program

In addition to offering premium quality products, Baby and Sunshine also offers customers to become part of their Affiliate Program. Through this program, customers can create a link and share that link with friends and family. If someone purchases through the said link, the customer will receive a whopping 20% commission on each sale. Baby and Sunshine is very committed to making moms’ lives easier and offering them to generate income through their platform is part of their mission and their #SAHMenabled (stay-at-home-mom enabled) movement. With Baby and Sunshine, (1) the store offers you amazing boxes full of high-quality items at an incredible price, (2) their Affiliate Program creates a great way to make a high commission, (3) the #SAHMenabled movement gives moms a great opportunity to connect, grow, support, put food on the table, and so much more! Baby and Sunshine is committed to put as much goodness out into the universe as they possibly can.

What does the future hold for Baby and Sunshine?


One of the main goals for 2021 is to expand to global shipping. As there is a lot of interest from Canada, the UK, Australia, and other countries, this is definitely going to be one of the company’s priorities to figure out reasonably priced shipping outside the U.S. Another future goal for the company is to create a “used items” program that allows moms and babies who no longer can fit or use the items to gift them to a parent who can’t afford our boxes but desperately need items of quality.

I am glad I was able to give you a little more information about this wonderful company. Also, I have exciting news. This week we will be running a giveaway on Instagram where we are gifting a Super Box valued at $124.99 to one lucky winner. Check out the link below and give us a follow at @themiamimami_ and @baby_and_sunshine

The roughest day of my life

The roughest day of my life

When I first found out I was pregnant with my first child in September 2017, I was overjoyed and at the same time I really didn’t know what to expect. But I wasn’t too worried. I figured the mom instinct would kick in naturally and I would learn everything by doing. Also,  I pretty much had the “perfect pregnancy.” By that I mean, I was completely healthy the entire time with barely any morning sickness. I gained the exact amount of weight you were supposed to gain, the baby developed and measured as it was supposed to be. It was almost like clockwork. Nonetheless, to make it all perfect, I decided to educate myself as much as could to ensure that everything would be a 100% and I wouldn’t have to worry about anything!

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The final countdown

I took TWO childbirth classes that consisted of several lessons just to make sure I would be fully prepared. I learned a ton of things about sitting bouncy balls when you’re in labor, bringing esoteric oils to the delivery room and to chill out once the contractions kick in and not run to the hospital right away. The latter was actually a helpful advice. When the day finally came at 38 weeks and a few days pregnant (a baby is considered full-term after 38 weeks of pregnancy), I was still working from home all day and did two conference calls all while having contractions until I decided to make my way to the hospital after rush hour traffic. The delivery went smoothly and quickly.

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Reality is kicking in

When my son David was finally born, things were surreal. I remember they had my husband go to the nursery with the baby which is a common practice. My husband had told me they informed him that the baby tested Coombs positive which meant they the baby and I have different blood types. I still didn’t think anything bad. After all, I hadn’t heard of it in any of my classes, so I can’t be a big deal, right? Granted, those first 48 hours after giving birth are just complete insanity but I still felt things were under control. I did notice though that the nurses were being very on top of me about feeding him every 2 hours. I didn’t understand the urgency since I never heard of that. I thought babies would wake up whenever they feel hungry. At one point, I fell asleep for 3 hours while the baby was asleep and the nurse was frantic when she realized. From then on, they checked on me every two hours almost like I was in the military so I started to realize that something was off. Before I delivered, I swore to myself I wouldn’t give him any formula and I would exclusively breastfeed him (everyone is a perfect parent before they actually have kids). But things were different now. I started to understand that he had very high bilirubin levels (which basically means he had jaundice) and the only way for him to get rid off of it was to pee and poop it out. After birth a woman’s body produces only produces colostrum – breast milk does not come in after a few days after. Colostrum is a very thick substance but it has a lot of nutrients; therefore, small quantities are enough to nourish a newborn at the beginning. However, I was worried if it was enough given the condition he was in. I made the call to supplement with formula so his body can get rid of the bilirubin.

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Nothing had prepared me for that!

The day I was released was the day when all came crashing. After two nights of staying at the hospital, the OB determined in the morning that I am good to go home and signed my release order. They would run the baby’s final bilirubin level tests in the afternoon and if they were fine, then we could go come together with the baby. IF! I had my last visitors stop by to bring me lunch that day. The nurse kept coming to my room but left when she saw there were people there. I immediately started getting a bad feeling in my stomach. I couldn’t wait to hear what they would tell me but got so worried at the same time. When the hospital’s pediatrician came, she gave us the news: his bilirubin levels were still too high and the baby would have to stay in the hospital for light therapy until he gets better. Alone. Without us! My world broke apart. Nothing had prepared me for that! I had never even heard about this in spite of taking all these classes. My eyes started filling with tears. My husband who held my hand teared up, too. I couldn’t help but wonder if I could have done anything different to avoid it. I felt so guilty and started blaming myself. By that time, the pediatrician had come over to me to console me. I asked her: “could I have done anything different? It’s my fault, right, because I didn’t feed him for three hours one time? I shouldn’t have given him formula…” I kept beating myself up! She assured me that it wasn’t my fault at all and that these things are very common. Again, why weren’t they talking about this in the birth preparedness classes instead of bouncy balls that I never even used? I couldn’t shake off the feeling that it was my fault. Every single person working that day who had helped me during my stay (nurses, lactation consultants, etc.) all came to my room to try to cheer me up and to confirm it wasn’t anything I did. They all were so compassionate and felt bad for me. We still did not want to face reality that we would have to leave our newborn baby at the hospital. Our world came crashing down. It felt so incredibly empty to leave the hospital with all the flowers, gift basket and arrangements that were sent to us but WITHOUT the baby. That was not what I imagined it to be. I imaged me leaving the hospital happily taking a pic with the baby in an outfit I had picked for him like I had seen so my families do before. That was the saddest car ride we had experienced in our life. Even though we had just “met” the baby two days earlier, it felt like a huge part of us was missing. It kept hitting us throughout the evening. At night when I walked by, my husband looked at me and said to me in the saddest voice “Oh, you’re not pregnant anymore.” Psychologically, it was unbearable for him to see me without my pregnant belly but with no baby at home either.

 

The longest day

We visited the baby that night and I was on a mission to pump every two hours to make sure my breast milk would come in ASAP so I can feed him. There were people that told me that I should see it positively since I would be able to rest that night. They were completely wrong. I did not sleep at all that night. I called them at 5 am to see how he was doing. We went there all day the next day and stayed with him during visitation hours. It felt so absurd to me to call to see how my baby is doing and to have hours where I can visit my baby. It was so hard seeing my baby in the incubator and only being able to touch him through the glass. I felt like Dumbo’s mom in that scene where they locked her up and she was only able to touch her baby with her trunk through the bars of the cage. But on the other hand, this experience was a bonding experience and the first real challenge for our little family. They left him in the nursery with the healthy newborn babies (and not on the NICU side) . All day we would witness new proud Dads walking in with their babies which was a beautiful experience.

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The verdict…

At night, they took another “fate determining” bilirubin test to see where his levels were at. We were so nervous because the results would determine if we could take him home or he would stay another night(s) which would have been devastating for us. They finally came with the results: his levels had dropped! We would take him home FINALLY!!!  We had to stay outside the nursery for their shift change between 6 pm and 7 pm so I used that time to freshen up! These 72 hours were absolutely nerve-wrecking. We got our happy ending! I ended up getting my “taking the baby home” picture and this car ride with him was a much happier one. He gained weight quickly in the first weeks and all his tests after were fine. He has developed perfectly without any issues. He is turning 18 months now and is such a happy and healthy baby! See for yourself!

 

Note: I am fully aware that there are parents who have to leave their preemie babies in the NICU for weeks and months. My experience probably does not seem like a big deal compared to what they have gone through. I am not writing this for pity and neither am I claiming this is the worst thing that can happen to someone. I am writing this hoping I can help parents with the same experience or even more importantly, that I can make parents-to-be aware that this could happen so they aren’t caught by surprise like I was. I wish I would have learned anything about this beforehand and hope this will be included in child birthing classes in the future.

 

 

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone! I started this blog about 2 years ago in order to share my love for Miami with other people. I mainly reviewed some of the cool and fun places I found in the 305. I was inspired to start this blog since many friends and acquaintances who saw my social media posts started asking me about where I find all these unique places so I thought those tips would be useful to other people as well. But then things changed. I got pregnant in Fall 2017 and my focus switched from finding new restaurants to researching strollers and all sorts of baby gear (a science in itself, I can tell you). So, I abandoned my first baby – the blog – to center all my attention around my human baby. I did however, acquire a lot of new knowledge about being a mom in Miami. Now, that my little one is almost turning 1.5 months, we have done plenty of exploring Miami together with him. So I decided to combine my new areas of interest. So this is officially, the re-launch of my blog , formerly known as Miami Mi Amor

WELCOME TO “THE MIAMI MAMI!”

I will still share locations and things to do in South Florida and beyond but will focus a little more on experiences for the whole family especially families of little ones. One thing I learned as new parent is: no parent has any freaking clue what they are doing! However, I learned a thing or two and I keep learning so I decided to continue this blog and share my mom tips while at the same time writing about Miami. I have met a lot of fellow Mompreneurs, Momfluencers and Mombloggers who have been a big asset to my life so I am hoping to share all the tips and things to do with you the same way that they have shared them with me.

So I am back now hopefully for good! Below I am sharing a few pictures of my son and I to introduce ourselves a little bit. David is 17 months old and an extremely happy and funny baby. He loves our dog Daisy and our cat Mickey. He is also a big fan of Mickey Mouse and Puppy Dog Palms. My name is Bella. I love the beach and Spanish music. Nice to meet all of you!  If you like to see more of us follow me on Instagram: Isabelita305

Drop a comment if you like. I am looking forward to reading them!

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