Caffeinated bliss in Pasadena

Its been a helluva week.  Little Sterling has four teeth coming in!

Fourth of July festivities

Fourth of July festivities

What that means for this gentle parenting mama is days and nights of extreme bonding, nursing around the clock, never letting go of each other no matter where we are (ie. the farmers market where he usually engages with the other kids after we get our produce but this week he clung to me like a newborn capuchin monkey,Capuchin monkey mama love

or at the playzone that I took him to where we sat for two hours, him on my lap, watching the other kids live it up from the comfort of his mommy perch).  Last night he woke up at midnight just as I was crawling into bed beside my co sleeping snuggler, and decided he was in far too much discomfort to stay asleep so awake we were, the whole house – Sterling, me, the dogs, the cat, and Lukas (once he came home at 3:30am from play rehearsal) until….yikes….4:45am.  On the bright side, the moon was exceptionally lovely when we took a walk around the yard at 2:30am to help take his mind off the painand he was exceptionally cute pointing to it in the dark and whispering “WOW!” These trials of mommyhood always raise the bar on my level of surrender (and my awareness of the power of prayer – namely prayers for patience and my Higher Power’s willingness to give it to me if I just ask) are times which in the midst I find myself wanting to be done with, to return to the kind of relationship where we all have room to breathe! But in the aftermath, sitting here at this quaint new coffee shop in our hood having a desperately needed hour to myself, I am grateful for and do my best to cement last night in my memory bank, that I may draw upon it and our aloneness together, experiencing the miracle of the stars when all too soon I discover I’m living with an adult son who I must release to the world to live his own life, instead of a dependent toddler who is gracing my days with beauty and wonder.

A moment of me time at Lavender & Honey

But I digress.  Back to the topic at hand.  Me. Ha. Not really but just a moment of me in the midst of this teething week and I left the house to discover whats been happening down the street where sadly all of the long time mom and pop shops have shut down in the last year, but to my great joy new ones are opening!  Meet Lavender & Honey,Br9vJFSCEAE4CRj an airy and friendly new coffee shop that picked up my tired capuchin momma arms with the biggest almond milk latte they had, and satisfied my need for a treat with a delicious gluten free “kitchen sink” cookie.  As I was walking to get refueled I noticed that JUST NEXT DOOR is a new kids resale shop and creative spaceScreen Shot 2014-07-11 at 3.01.20 PM

(I love resale shops!) called Happily Wear After opening its doors to the public July 12th. This will be the 4th kids resale shop to open in Pasadena in the last year and its awesome to have so many places dedicated to helping our planet be sustainable and keeping our kids stylish!  A few doors down from the awesome caffeinated joy of Lavender & Honey is a beautiful new resource for parents that has moved here from Atwater Village called The Cradle Company.


I got the chance to chat with the welcoming and happy owner, Brandi, who greeted me with smiles and shared about the offerings of The Cradle Company.

Brandi Jordan, MSW, IBCLC

Brandi Jordan, MSW, IBCLC

 Filled with absolutely adorable hand picked goodies, the space is a haven for parents and parents-to-be looking for support.  static.squarespaceOffering parenting classes, a parenting book club (I love this idea!) doula and lactation services as well as kids music class (Brandi is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Pediatric Sleep Specialist, Newborn Care Specialist and a Certified Postpartum Doula.) The Cradle Company is a welcome addition to the Pasadena area.  Previously we had to hike to Bini Birth in Sherman Oaks, so this is a major score.  Bonus on top of bonus.  

Well, its been an awesome hour of breathing and typing unassisted by little hands, and now its off to return to motherhood and my amazing little capuchin-esque teething boy for some hugs and cuddles and love- caffeinated and happy.  Until next time – Be wise and be well 🙂

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