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Hi, readers! This week on the blog, we are sitting down for a nice little Q+A with local customer, friend, and celebrity cat mom, Stacy Bridavsky. Stacy is the mom of nearly-one-year-old Rosco, the human, and internet sensation Lil Bub, the cat. We talk babies, Bub, and cloth diapers. Let's get to it!
Hi Stacy! We are so glad to get to pick your brain. How old is your sweet little guy now?
Hi Hanna! Rosco is eleven months old; I really can’t believe he’s almost one!
What is your favorite part about being a mom?
Being a mom is awesome, but really hard. My house is dirtier than I’ve ever thought possible and my car is much worse. Sometimes I just close doors so I don’t have to see the mess. If I get a few uninterrupted hours of sleep, that’s a good day. I operate on far less than my former self would think is possible. More often than not I haven’t showered and my shirts are covered in drool, dirt and whatever else Rosco’s been into. I’m also guilty of wearing the same outfit days in a row and not being able to remember if I’ve put on deodorant. But, the beautiful thing about being a mom, for me, is that I couldn’t care less. I feel stronger than I ever have. I’ve learned to trust myself and really listen to my intuition. I’ve learned I’m more resilient than I thought and I can draw on reserves of patience I didn’t know I had. And, there’s that moment when you realize your baby is really looking at you, recognizing you and smiling, and that is something very powerful.
Tell us, is Bub a good big sister?
Bub is a very tolerant big sister. I think part of the reason Rosco crawled so early was to get to her. He really loves her. I’m not sure if the feeling is mutual just yet, but she’s putting up with him learning to pet her gently.
How is it, juggling being a mom, being Bub’s mom, and being a new business owner? Do you have any tips for other busy moms and entrepreneurs out there?
People often say to me, you’re doing too much, or, you’ve got to take time for yourself. I think this is something parents, especially moms, hear a lot, and we know it. If only it were that easy! What’s worked for me is not comparing myself to others and not worrying about what other people think. Having a newborn while opening a new store, traveling a lot, and taking care of all of our pets, two of which are special needs, can feel really overwhelming. When you’re juggling a lot, you’re tested. There will be moments when you feel like you’re at the edge of your sanity, but these moments will pass. And, when you get right back to it the next morning, or whenever you do, you should feel very, very proud. Also, for really tough days, I never underestimate the power of brownies and white wine.
Let’s talk cloth: What made you decide to use cloth diapers?
We used disposables when Rosco was first born, and as a new mom that was the easiest thing for me. But, we went through so many diapers and I didn’t like producing all the trash that comes along with that. Seeing friends and family use cloth made it feel a lot more accessible to me.
What has surprised you most about cloth diapers?
Cloth diapering is so much easier than I thought it would be. I imagined there would be endless amounts of laundry and that it would be just another thing I wouldn’t be able to keep up with, but it’s not! The cloth diapers my mom used are not the cloth diapers of today. Today, they’re intuitive, simple and really easy to use.
Is there a brand or style that you have had great success with?
My go to brand is definitely Tots Bots.
What is it that you like most about this brand/style?
I really like the PeeNut style because it couldn’t make things any easier. It’s a one-size, hook and loop, waterproof wrap with a 3 in 1 bamboo liner. It’s perfect for daytime and overnights and so easy to use.
I’m also a huge fan of wool. It’s magic. I’ll often put Rosco in Sloomb basewoolies or playwoolies because they’re super absorbent, breathe well, are naturally antibacterial.
What is one piece of advice that you would share with a friend about using cloth diapers?
Don’t be afraid! If you want to try cloth but don’t know where to start, buy used or borrow from a friend. That way you can figure out what’s going to work for you and then invest in the styles that are going to last for your family.
Thank you so much for joining us on the TGN Blog! Let us promote you:! Locals may know that they can find Lil Bub merch for babies at TGN and your new Lil Shop, but where can our favorite local and not-so-local friends find Bub merch?
Our new shop recently opened at 236 N Morton, the former home of AZ Vintage. We’re right between Bloomington Bagel Company and Know Yoga, Know Peace. We’re open 11-6 Monday through Saturday and 12-5 Sundays. We’ve always got a friendly shop cat, so come say hello! You can also always shop online at: http://store.lilbub.com