and our baby Ethan
Hi! I'm Stephanie and I live on Auckland's North Shore with my husband Andrew, and our two energy-filled boys Ethan (born at 26 weeks) and Joshua (our full termer). After Ethan was born I experienced a molar pregnancy, a rare condition which resulted in needing chemo and not being allowed to try for our second child for over a year. During this time I took the plunge and started Small Babies!
Being a NICU mum I understand that having a baby in the hospital is one of the toughest things you can go through. You've instantly lost those simple newborn experiences and everything is dictated by your baby's medical needs. When the day finally came for our baby to wear clothes (over six weeks later) it was an incredibly time-consuming and difficult process, I longed for an easier way to dress him, we needed snuggly soft clothes that gently wrapped around him and actually fitted his tiny body! So although it was too late for us, gorgeous premature clothing should have been available here for other tiny miracles, and I knew that I could make that happen. 6 years plus a rainbow baby later, Small Babies has come a long way and I'm excited about bringing more preemie gear to NZ!
At a personal level, before Ethan was born I worked in the film industry in the art department - being creative and problem solving has always been my thing. I have a fair bit of retail experience, and also a patternmaking qualification so when it comes to baby clothing I'm rather pedantic about sizing and garment construction! I love dark chocolate and anything with sour lemon, am not a fan of tea, or coffee either unless it's a mocha. I'm trying hard not to wear so much black clothing, although it fits nicely with my love of rock/metal music (please don't ask me what I listen to when the kids aren't home!!). On the weekends you're more likely to find me in the garden or baking with the kids than hanging out at a cafe, I can't stand crowded places like busy shopping malls! As a family we love to explore our beautiful country, and camping in the Coromandel over summer.
Thanks for stopping by and if you need me I'm always around x
"I'm thankful for my struggle, because without it I wouldn't have discovered my strength"
Our baby's journey from the NICU to home (and how it led to Small Babies) is here in Our Story. Check out the FAQ page for all the info about delivery and pick ups, product exchanges and that official legal stuff!
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