Heidi, Artistic Director and Co-Owner of Savvy Family and Baby Bump Expos, shares about her parenting journey, must-have kid products and the vision for the Pacific Northwest's biggest and best baby and parenting expos!
Photo by Amie Hancock
Where are you at in your parenting journey?
Heidi: My preteen daughter is starting to go through many changes. Because of her newfound independence, her needs have changed as well. My 9-year-old son is also expressing his need and want for independence, yet there are times he wants to come in and snuggle with his mom. Bringing up the rear, is our almost five-year-old son. He is definitely the baby of the family. Knowing that he’s the last, I’m clinging onto every little thing that some would consider him a “baby” or “toddler”,yet there is a part of me that can’t wait for that stage to be done!
What’s the best piece of parenting advice you’ve received?
Heidi: I’m a perfectionist and have control issues. I was once told (more than once) to stop, enjoy the moment and stop trying to make everything into my idea of perfection. You can’t control everything,especially when kids are involved. You’ll drive yourself crazy and miss out on so much. I’m still working on this but I have learned that it is okay if some things are not perfect. Let things go!
Photo by Amie Hancock
What are your MUST HAVE kid products or services?
Heidi: My favorite kid product is actually the individual developing right now. Parent innovators blow my mind! My must-haves for new parents are:Baby carrier to be close to them and let’s be honest, house chores don’t get done magically, so to be hands free is awesome! A good breastpump. With two of my kids, I went back to work while breast feeding. Having a good pump saved my life. It wasn't uncommon for me to use the pump while commuting on I-5. Is that against the law? Not sure, but thankfully I never got pulled over and had to explain that one. I did get an odd look from a trucker once.A bouncer. How it puts baby in a trance just long enough for mom to take shower, go to bathroom, or make dinner is truly amazing!
What’s your funniest parenting moment?
Heidi: I’m pretty sure it in involves poop in one way or the other, a child’s not mine. I really can’t think of just one funniest moment- not one that wouldn’t result in visit from CPS. Life is just funny with kids around. They say and do the craziest things and we as parents react in such a crazy and funny way at times.
Photo by Amie Hancock
What's your vision for Savvy Family and Baby Bump Expos?
Hedi: It can be so darn overwhelming walking into a big box store, with hundreds of choices (think of the bottle aisle alone), trying to figure out what it is you should be buying. We built the Baby Bump show to educate parents on all of the fantastic options, so they can make an educated choice on what they need, not what a store thinks you should buy. The Savvy Family Expo is a natural part of our evolution. I may be done with the baby stage, but there is still a need out there to educate parents and introduce products that benefit their growing children, like schools, child care and activities.
How do you balance working from home with children?
Heidi: Having balance while raising three kids, having a career, owning businesses, trying to maintain a marriage and possibly getting that much needed workout in once in a while is a myth! Something always has to give- for the sake of your sanity. I've learned to recognize that there are times when I have to focus more on one aspect,like the kids, than others, and to rely on help from my husband or in-laws. I won’t lie, I have fed my kids frozen yogurt for dinner before. Add fresh fruit on it and call it a balanced meal! I have purchased store bought cookies for a school fundraiser bake sale and even requested to end my date night with my husband early, to catchup on sleep. I’ve pulled dirty clothes out of the hamper because I had nothing clean to wear, and responded to a text message from my husband at work, missing an important agenda item. The stories are endless and they are the same as yours. Stop judging yourself, we all do it!
Mom & Wife, Artistic Director, Architect
Over a cup (or two) of wine, Heidi and Nadine discussed the South Sound region’s need for quality events that focus on families and support parents while bringing about a sense of community–thus the Baby Bump Expo was birthed in 2014 and the following year, the Savvy Family Expo!