Two years ago on my son’s first birthday, we had a typical party: balloons, cake, a rainy day, a house full of people…and presents. Before the gift giving began, a friend pulled me to the side and gave me her gift. She said, “This is actually for you. I figure you’re the one who did all the work a year ago, so you deserve a present.” (A five-year-old might protest, but my one-year-old kiddo had no opinion.)
I was filled with emotion. I did do all the work the year before, but I never thought I needed acknowledgement from someone other than my husband.
I had some of my darkest days during Wesley’s first year. I was put to the test with a distracted nurser/non-eater, non-sleeper. I was discouraged and exhausted on his first birthday.
But then there was this beautiful friend of mine giving me a beautiful necklace, and I felt something so powerful in her gift for me. I put on the necklace and took a look at that happy, healthy (though skinny) baby of mine, and I felt restored. We have this amazing ability to lift one another up just by acknowledging each other for what we do. This is just another reason why we created Mama Bird Box.
It all started with a family of three girls. To anyone who grew up around us, we were and still are “the Burns girls.” And to know one of us is to know all of us because we are close. Super close. Like, I am my truest self when I am around my sisters. When we are together our husbands feel completely lost because I don’t think they understand a word we are saying. It is fast and fragmented yet perfectly complete at the same time. That kind of close.
A lot of you have these sisterly bonds either with your actual sister or with your kindred spirit sister. (Anyone else love Anne of Green Gables? Yes? Good.)
My younger sister Becca and I started Mama Bird Box out of a sisterly love for pregnant moms. My sisters and I have each done pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood differently and have found varied ways to support and care for one another through morning sickness, cravings, and raging hormones.
Outside of my sisters I find there is also a loving and true sisterhood among all mothers. We want to share in the entire pregnancy-to-motherhood experience. We’re in this together in the best way possible because pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood all require support. We created Mama Bird Box to be a fun, helpful, encouraging “sister” in the sisterhood of pregnancy.
We’re here to help you enjoy being pregnant, we want you to be proud of yourself after childbirth, and we want you to love motherhood. Let us pamper you with goodies so that while you are preparing for your baby, you have a band of sisters saying, “We are thinking of you,” and cheering, “You are going to be a great mom!”