Notes from the Anook Community - Allie

Motherhood is a transformative journey, filled with moments of immense joy, profound love, and unexpected challenges. It is a role that encompasses boundless strength, unwavering dedication, and an indescribable bond with a child. Each woman's path to motherhood is unique, and every story is worth celebrating.

In this series, we bring you an intimate collection of inspiring narratives where women from all walks of life share their personal experiences of motherhood. From the joys of pregnancy to the realities of postpartum, the triumphs and struggles of raising children, and the profound lessons learned along the way, these stories offer a glimpse into the diverse and transformative world of motherhood.

Through this series, we aim to create a space for women to connect, support, and uplift one another. We believe that by sharing our stories, we can find solace, inspiration, and empowerment. Whether you are a soon-to-be mother, a new mom navigating the early stages of parenthood, or a seasoned parent, we hope these stories resonate with you, reminding you that you are not alone on this beautiful yet challenging journey.

I had my second baby the week the pandemic hit the US. Navigating those first few months with a newborn and a toddler, and without help (due to lockdown) was one of the most challenging times I can recall as a parent. My husband and I were working full time from home, my son was adjusting to life outside of his routine and school, and my daughter, who was a preemie, was dealing with terrible colic. The isolation was real and the toll colic took on the entire family was profound. The only time she seemed content was when she was sleeping on me and it lasted for over three months. In order to get anything done, including running Anook, I had to have her in a carrier on me ALL DAY. I was gifted the best carrier and it really saved me and now it is my go to for any new mamas in my life. It was my number one must have in my postpartum phase. If you have a pregnant or new mama in your life, the below items are ones that really supported me through my postpartum days!

Here is Allie's full list of newborn must haves!