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Happy birthday, PAXbaby!
Today PAXbaby is celebrating NINE YEARS of rainbow sunshine, perky unicorns, and an over the top imagination that has been expressed in thousands of creative baby carriers from handwoven wraps to soft structured carriers! Today we reminisce on the years of planning and designing and dreaming that has brought forth a legacy of brightness so vast that we are having trouble cataloging it all! Each custom textile has been a beauty; it’s hard to choose a favorite from all these amazing carriers such as our iconic Double Rainbow, gorgeous Vice Versa, Once Upon a Tula (1, 2, 3, and 4!), Sally and her counterpart, Jack… Thank you to everyone who has made PAXbaby the epitome of success; we appreciate YOU and are so grateful for your love & support on this magical journey that has made so many babies happy.
With gratitude, the PAXmoms!
Read more about PAXmommy Jillian’s humble beginnings here at the PAXblog!
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*happy babywearing*
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Milk sharing aka wetnursing

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Milk sharing aka wet nursing or cross-nursing is really common among my group of friends! Many of us have nursed each other’s babies, toddlers, and kids out of necessity or even just to boost our little ones’ immune strength! It’s a truly wonderful way to bond with your most cherished friends; my kids now have milk siblings. Their milk mamas have shared the bond of physical closeness as well as the antibodies that comes from one’s own milk. I can’t think of a more perfect way to show love as a mommy friend!

It’s sad but true that for many years, I felt tethered to my babies who were each exclusively breastfeed for almost 12 months. Until I found my community here in Southern California, I couldn’t physically leave my children without a back up feeding source but once I found my village, I allowed myself to leave my young baby in the care of dear friends who would breastfeed her as needed. My plight of not bottle training and yet desperately needing to go on a date with my husband was solved with one simple statement. “Please feed her when she seems hungry!” Suddenly, our options widened, and PAXdaddy and I have enjoyed quite a few dates since the birth of our daughter in 2013 by leaving she and our 6 older children with friends as well as having provided childcare for other friends wanting to escape the clutches of their little milk monster for a few hours!
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I myself have been able to feed many of my friends’ babies for a plethora of reasons! I was very proud to put my lactating breasts to work one night when I was a doula at a friend’s birth. She had a trauma shortly after delivering her baby so I nursed her newborn through the night while also taking care of my own sweet 5 month old baby. The next morning I put out a call for help, and an army of mutual friends arrived to help with the new baby and also to keep baby’s tummy full of 100% breastmilk! I still marvel at that amazing week and how a group of women could come together to keep one little baby well nourished, clean, comforted while her mommy was under the weather.
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At 32 months old, my daughter, Cate, was still breastfeeding and enjoying the mommy cuddles that it’s hard to find in a large busy family! When our 8th baby, Blaise, was born at just 15 weeks, my milk dried up leaving Cate high and dry. Luckily for her, an entire herd of lactating friends came during the month of May to care for me, my husband, and my children as I recovered from the loss of our beloved baby. She nursed from several mothers over the course of the month and now refers to one of our closest friends as “Mama Milk.” I am so grateful to each and every friend who offered to breastfeed my sweet girl. It means so much to me and made the transition to being a non-lactating mother much easier and less emotional.

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At PAXretreat last week, PAXfriend Evonne had a little snuggle time with #toddlerCate. My lovie was over the moon with the fresh milk, and Evonne was happy to fill her little tummy with liquid gold. I cannot wait to have another baby, have my milk come in, and be able to feed someone else’s baby straight from the tap!
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*happy breastfeeding*

 

 

School is around the corner!!

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Well, it is that time of year again! With the start of September comes…BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!
This year, all three PAXmoms are homeschooling!
For those of you that are homeschool vets, we would LOVE to see how YOUR school runs! Where do your kids do their learning?
Which curriculum do you follow? Do you un-school? Co-op? How do you wrangle and entertain your babies and toddlers while your older ones are schooling?
Email us at help@PAXbaby.com, and share your pics and ideas with us!

Those of you who are just getting started, we thought that we would share more of our own PAXmom-homeschool stories, and photos with you this year! We will let you all know what WE are up to throughout the year, you know, besides bringing you all amazing babywearing rainbows and such. ;)

 

We hope you all have an awesome back-to-school!!!

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*happy back to school babywearing*

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Happy Free Friday, Love the PAXmoms!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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From each of the PAXmoms comes a treat that you may win! PAXmommy Jillian would like to offer a FREE Girasol woven wrap to a random purchase today over $100. PAXmommy Melly wants to share the love with a FREE rainbow amber necklace from Full Moon Mothering once our Free Friday FB post hits 300 shares. From PAXmommy Celia come two $25 gift certificates won by TWO separate lucky rafflecopter entries. And straight from PAXHQ, PAXmommy Catherine will include a pair of EXCLUSIVE BLING SUNNIES with one random order of any shape or size today!
*PAXmoms will choose the goodies shared! THANKS for participating in today’s FREE Friday!
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The winner will be emailed once the drawing comes to an end on Friday, August 12th, 2016!!
Shipping address must be confirmed via email within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen!!
For this reason, make sure to check your email(including your Junk folder!!)

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*happy babywearing*
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The PAX dream team

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We are small but mighty!!!!
In a nutshell, there’s me, PAXmommy Jillian, along with PAXdaddy who takes care of the IT stuff that I have no clue how to fix, plus PAXmommy Melanie in Canada who is our blogess and Facebook maven! PAXmommy Christina answers most of our emails and phone calls, & PAXmommy Celia makes your special links and stockings run smoothly, just to name a few of her tasks! PAXtographer Allie who takes amazing photos of our products and also at PAXplaydates, PAXmommy Madison (my new sister in law) is our book keeper, and last but not least, PAXmommy Catherine (my own mama) is our shipping manager who keeps track of incoming product and ships out ALL of your orders! Talk about a family business,
So that’s 8 of us, and we are a force to be reckoned with!!!!
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*happy babywearing*

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Behind the scenes with Andy’s Room…

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Behind the scenes of Andy’s Room
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I fell in love with these
Michael Miller clouds after searching for weeks for the PERFECT fabric. I loved how versatile they were, how they could be used in a variety of cosplay needs, and how neutral they are for all the many parents who won’t wear their boy baby in a “girlie carrier.”

 

 

Then PAXmommy Celia said, “you know what this reminds me of most?” And the rest is babywearing history!

 

 

Did you know that the front panels for our PAXexclusive Tula
Andy’s Room are actually hand cut to avoid the bottom border.

Although some people may look at these clouds and think “huh… clouds,” I see infinite possibilities, and today’s stocking is only the beginning of the cosplay adventure!

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The PAXmoms can’t wait to see how YOU wear your Andy’s Room Tula; don’t forget to send us action pix!

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*happy babywearing*
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Thank you! Thank you!

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THANK YOU! Thank you, THANK YOU for all of your love and support over the years!! We are so blessed to be your babywearing superstore!! ;) Please visit us virtually and take advantage of our Cyber Monday sale category that features STEALS for $120 or less! Here’s your chance to add a $200+ Grab Bag to your order of any size TULA Baby Carrier for only $100! Happy shopping!!!!

http://shop.paxbaby.com/cyber-monday-sale/

EVERY ORDER OVER $150 WILL RECEIVE A FREE Calm-a-Mama, our newest obsession in homeopathic baby care! Please use CALM in your order notes; supplies are limited!* We will choose which Drops you will receive; they are all amazing!!

**Please read the blog for rules & fine print:http://paxbaby.com/thank-you-happy-thanksgiving-2015/

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*happy babywearing*
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Happy #ibw2015!!!

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Happy #IBW2015!!! Babywearers around the world are celebrating this week dedicated to babywearing as a lifestyle, a choice, a necessity, an art, and here at PAXbaby, as a business! Without babywearing, we imagine that our lives would be drastically dull. No rainbows, no fun patterns, no extra snuggle time, and no extra pair of hands exactly when and where we need them! Thanks to babywearing, the PAXmoms can tell you how much easier it is to parent 19 children under 13 years old between us! Thanks to babywearing, the PAXmoms can tell you how to juggle work, cranky babies, and take care of the housework all at the same time! Thanks to babywearing, our children are fed, our husbands are happy, and we have a wonderful sense of accomplishment at the end of each and every day! We want YOU to feel the love as well, so please enjoy a token of our gratitude, and use this code: ibw2015 on * almost * everything at PAXbaby.com for today only!

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Fine print : Our generous discount code is only valid today, and not applicable on custom listings including Horrorlands, ISO Angel listings, prior or future purchases, and exempt from Tula Baby Carriers, Beco Baby Carriers, Maya Wraps, and BumGenius diapers. Thank you for your understanding!

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*happy babywearing*

PAXretreat Progressions Course

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#PAXretreat2015 Progressions Course is about to start…. Are you ready for the rainbow updates!?! Thank you soooo much to everyone who helped make this amazing Evonne, PAXmommy Celia, PAXdaddy Aaron !!!

Let’s get ready to LEARN!!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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PAXplaydate in Encinitas

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PAXbaby’s most recent playdate was a delightfully overcast day near the beach in Encinitas, San Diego!

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While the clouds kept the air cool, the babywearers hustled and bustled around, trying on new baby carriers, exploring new woven wrap techniques, and making new friends!

PAXmommy Jillian had the privilege of breastfeeding (wetnursing / milk sharing with) a 14 week old baby and modeling with her for our PAXexclusive Surprise Rainbow My Sol mei tais, and PAXmommy Brianna let us all love on her 39 week belly!!!! PAXmommy Celia wore her youngest baby in her new Vice Versa Emeibaby and looked SMASHING! And all our friends had a wonderful time!

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Big thanks to Julia at IndigoKids Creations for the goodies for our give aways, and to the delightful Allie, our intrepid PAXtographer, from Salt & Light photography. Hope you join us at our next PAXplaydate event in Murrieta on June 24!

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*happy babywearing*
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