1. Tell us about your background and a little bit about who you are?
Hi, I’m Brianne. I’m a product of Northern California and Southern California. I spent the better part of my 20’s climbing career ladders within the ad agency circuit and putting forward a polished image both personally and professionally. And then came my biggest accomplishment (aside from marrying the love of my life)… my two girls, Kyla (4yrs) and Juliette (2.5yrs). They turned my world upside down and showed me what truly mattered. Because of them I’ve learned that life with littles is messy, chaotic, stressful, and above all, truly fantastic.
2. What do you find most challenging about motherhood?
When I was first pregnant, someone told me that girls were supposed to be easier, more laid back, less crazy… well, that’s apparently not always the case! Just last year my two year old gave herself a cosmetic makeover by slipping while getting off the bed and fully knocking a front tooth out on the bedframe. I learned 3 things that day: 1. My town’s paramedics, EMTs AND firefighter response time is on point, and the number of respondents is impressive. 2. You don’t need to call 911 for a knocked out tooth, especially if the fall is less than 2’ high. 3. You can still look ridiculously cute even with a large gap in your smile.
As high energy as my girls are, I know I’m not alone in the crazy antics of kids. As part of a mommy group, I hear the worries, the shared paranoia, and the humorous happenings of life with littles. I see the reckless abandon and zero self-preservation skills that our children have. I see them bulldoze through child safety precautions and discover their collections of outlet covers. And so since we know what chaos they are capable of, it’s our responsibility to protect them as best we possibly can.
And thus, I created Paranoid Mama! Paranoid Mama is a video-guided first aid App for parents and caregivers. It’s designed to give users easy step-by step instructions to help save their infant or toddler’s life in an emergency situation until help arrives. The Paranoid Mama App features videos on choking, CPR, seizures, deep cut management and more, providing users with easy-to-access, emergency information that is just a click away. (And, woo hoo, the app is available now in the App Store!)
My girls are always giving me safety-related scares and so creating an App like Paranoid Mama is one way I can help give myself and moms across the nation a little peace of mind! Check it out at www.paranoidmama.org and please follow @paranoidmama on FB and Insta to be part of the community where we share health and safety information as well as highlight hazard-preventing products; not to scare, but to help prepare… and maybe have a few laughs along the way!
3. What does motherhood look like for yourright now? I can usually be found running about 10-15 minutes late, sporting a messy bun and yoga pants (but not my good yoga pants… those are for fancier day outtings), rushing my girls to and from school, gymnastics, playdates, etc… and only slowing my role when my husband comes home in time to help with bedtime.
On the days my girls are in school, I aim to workout but usually opt towards getting work done and knocking things off that pesky to-do list. One of my favorite times of day is right after school and before the dinnertime extravaganza begins… we either choose a recipe to bake out of Kyla’s unicorn cookbook and all gather around the kitchen island… until multiple messy items are knocked over and I lose my cool, or snuggle up on the couch for cuddles and cartoons. I know it’s only a matter of time before they no longer want to cuddle so I allow screen time for snugs and have no regrets.
4. How have you incorporated motherhood into your identity without losing your own individuality?
I definitely struggled with losing my identity for a good chunk of time after my first child was born. I had worked so hard climbing the ranks to become a lead creative and ad exec, but…. It turns out I just needed to rechannel and refocus my creativity.
Now, I’m proud to be a female entrepreneur to two blossoming businesses. I spend every moment that my girls are in school working on Sweet Chickadee (@sweetchickadee ), an online baby boutique featuring unique Milestone Blanket Gift Sets, and Paranoid Mama (@paranoidmama), which I am beyond excited to share with you all! However what I’m the most proud of, are my little ladies! I try to inspire into them creativity, appreciation, and kindness to each other and to others. I nearly cry tears of joy when I watch how sweet they are (usually) to each other; When Kyla gets a timeout (which is extremely often), Juliette will run to the fridge, pull out Kyla’s favorite yogurt and present it to her while she sulks in the corner to help her feel better… and then will even proceed to sit with her and hold her hand. Honestly… does it get any better then that?!
5. What advice would you give women who are considering/desiring motherhood?
1. Don’t look into labor ahead of time to decide if you’re ready… I don’t think anybody is ready for that mental annihilation! Save that research for when it’s too late to turn back and just remember that thankfully your brain’s chemical makeup will block a majority of your pain memory!
2. Know that parental paranoia is a real thing and you might worry about your kids for at least the next 18-21 years!
3. Be ok with the fact that, like the Grinch, your heart will grow at least 3 sizes and you’ll experience an unconditional, all-encompassing love like you’ve never known.