As I am clutching my newborn to my breast and holding the barf bucket for my 4-year-old and trying to soothe both, I almost get a case of the crazy giggles.
You know the feeling, when you either have to giggle or cry. I texted my husband as I was rinsing the bucket and got back, “Today, your life sucks more than mine.”
And this is life as a mom. Blowouts, crying bouts, barf buckets, exhaustion. Oh, the exhaustion! Day after day, we plug away, trying to do right by our families. Trying to figure out how to breastfeed, how to get more sleep, how to not giggle when our toddler pronounces “fork,” well, you know. Trying to not feel alone in our daily frustrations and raise these tiny creatures to be good, smart, productive human beings.
I have five of my own. And as a stay-at-home mama, I started dreaming about an event that would help moms like me not only survive the daily trials - but also enjoy them a little bit more often. Motherhood in America is lonely. There is no village to help us out, unless you search. So I decided to bring the village to moms citywide.
Baby Love, Omaha’s Only Baby Fair, is two days a year – April and October – when vendors and professionals come together to make parenthood easier for you. Come to how to calm a fussy newborn or massage an achy tummy. Empower yourself to keep your child safe through CPR classes and, car seat demos, and tips for childproofing your home.
Come for the fun, too! Come for a picture of your belly bump, a candid portrait of your kids, a swag bag filled with coupons and gift cards, and, if your pregnant, get a full-body massage. All for free (with paid admission).
Baby Love, Omaha’s Only Baby Fair, is here. At least for one day.
Kristi Wilson is a married mom of five kids – Jack, 18, Riley 12, Caitlin, 11, Grady, 6, and Finley, 2. Wilson is a retired doula and childbirth educator, and is now a work-from-home mom. She began "Baby Love, Omaha's Only Baby Fair," in 2011 as a way to help educate and encourage all new families through their parenthood journey.