This morning I woke up as excited as can be to pack myself and M. up for the trip downtown to MommyCon at the Parc 55 Hotel in Union Square. How awesome is a conference where kids are not only welcome but encouraged? My little girl had other plans—after shaking off a fever earlier this week, she popped up this morning with a rash all over her chest, tummy and back. Good morning roseola!
Apparently once the fever is gone they aren't contagious, but I didn't want to be the mom with the bumpy kid, so she stayed home while I joined hundreds of moms (and a nice smattering of dads) at the conference. On the way up in the elevator I overheard two guys muttering to themselves, "Can you believe they have a baby mama conference?"
Believe it, jerks. MommyCon rocked on so many levels even those two would have had a great time if they'd joined in the festivities. Past the long registration line, the expo was a parental shangri-la. Since this was my first one I wasn't sure what to expect and I was looking forward to trying out as many things as I could with M. strapped in her carrier, but I have to admit that going without her made my criss-crossing of the room easier and allowed me to have talk longer than I would have been able to otherwise.
Like my great conversation with Hector, founder of Project: Breastfeeding. I caught him at a free moment and we had an inspiring chat with him about the project, his inspiration, and how he believes getting men to understand what breastfeeding is all about can transform families. He's a smart guy and it sounds like he has some great plans for the future of the project.
Further into the expo I came across Jammy Jamz and immediately bought the "Once Upon a Rhyme 2" mix for my husband. Notorious BIG in lullaby form? We're in!
This amazing Combi Go and Grow Walker (coming soon) converts in to a little table--how great for small spaces, and love toys that can live a long life before their outgrown! Definitely my favorite toy in the expo.
I took a break from browsing (shopping, who am I kidding) to listen in on a panel with the amazing bloggers from I Am Not The Babysitter, The Fearless Formula Feeder, The Leaky Boob and The Badass Breastfeeder. I've absorbed all of their blogs during my own parenting journey and it was so encouraging to hear their advice in person. And they were kind enough to ask the audience what WE thought. I love them :)
On top of all that, I met some great new moms from San Francisco to as far away as Colorado, and connected to a great new network of mama's and daddy's taking amazing care of their kids and their communities. As much as I wanted to stay for The Honest Toddler and Alanis Morrisette in the afternoon, I had a sick little one at home waiting for me (thanks to social media I followed along and they were awesome). I left after lunch and got home just as M. was just waking up from a nap. Her happiness when I walked in the door was a reminder of just why things like MommyCon are so important to keep us going and energized. I can't wait for the next one!