Almost exactly 3 months ago, this happened:
At that moment, I looked up at my husband and said, "We should make a blanket!" I didn't have hopes of "making it big" like Lisa's done with her blog. I just suddenly saw an opportunity to continue my work as a pediatric Occupational Therapist, spread my passion for child development and help promote infant wellness while I stayed home to take care of our newborn son.
Really, CanDo Kiddo began much longer ago than August 4th, 2014. I have always had a huge interest in parenting, the home environment and how both affect child development. For years, my mom has encouraged me to pursue my interest in coaching and supporting parents. And for years I resisted because, well, NO ONE wants parenting coaching and support from a lady with no kids (can I get an "Amen"?!). I hadn't even thought about that interest or pursuit since having Rowan until people blew up my Facebook page with comments about how helpful photos of our playtimes were. And then folks started private messaging me, encouraging me to write a book, start a blog or do something to share the play ideas I had for newborns.
So back to the blanket moment in August. I thought, if I really want to get a message about the importance of movement and play for infants then I should somehow convey it in an adorable piece of useful baby gear. Expectant parents and their friends and family members are always on the prowl for cute baby items, nursery decor and gear for their newborns. So I decided to add my own alternative piece of baby gear.
It's been a long 3 months of working from home with a newborn and no childcare. It seems only fitting that today, blanket launch day, was Rowan's worst day of teething to date. It hasn't been easy but it has truly been a labor of love to get these blankets into the world. And I can't wait for the next batch of fabric to become CanDo Kiddo blankets!
I'd be incredibly grateful if you took a little peek at what we've created...