You may have caught from my Twitter or Facebook posts that I went to the Little Ears Expo last Saturday, July 25th, which was sponsored by Z88.3, our local Christian radio station in the Central Florida area. (Visit http://zradio.org to listen online anywhere — How’s that for a free visit to Orlando?) The expo was held in Faith Hall at the First Baptist Church of Orlando.
We immediately ran into Tyler, one of the radio personalities there, as she was on break in the snack room area. She’s pregnant with her second child, and my son Ian offered one of our Redemas in tow to borrow to rest up for her presentation. She told us she is using her Redema at home that was donated some time ago to Z88.3, which was very nice to hear — her Redema must be holding up pretty well! (Ian is enjoying getting to know Tyler from the other Z88.3 events they have held this summer, and matching faces with radio voices has been quite a brush with local greatness for him! In college, I worked at a Christian radio station as an announcer during my senior year, and it was a blast — so it is neat to see who is in front of the microphone these days for me as well.)
We then walked around, talking to different people there about the Redema Ottoman Footrest — moms of young ones, grandmothers, but most importantly the vendors who were targeting their products and services to these special ladies. One of the vendors we enjoyed meeting is just starting a new business as an on-location photographer named Kelli Todtenhagen of Winter Springs. Kelli and her business partner, Bekah Murray, were willing to do a sitting for us, modeling the Redemas we had — that’s not something you get a photographer to do everyday, is it? Bekah confessed she has circulation issues, so the height was a welcome change. It seems both of them enjoyed getting their feet up with dignity, don’t you think? Kelli can be reached at 407-461-8815 and will travel to most areas in Central Florida, I’m told.
In addition, we met up with a number of birth centers and networking groups. Among them was the Central Florida Birth Network, found at www.centralfloridabirthnetwork.com, where information can be found about doulas to yoga to lactation and more. One of the members also modeled using a Redema, but this was a first with an exercise ball!
Just before we left, we briefly met with Heart 2 Heart Birth Center, which can be found at www.h2hbirthcenter.com. They loved hearing my story about how my Redema was so helpful during my pregnancies, recovery from my c-section and support while nursing. Delightfully, I was invited to present sometime this fall at their center, and I can hardly wait. This group is very professional and caring, and I look forward to getting to know them and their services better.
All in all, the Little Ears Expo was a terrific event: Vendors of all kinds, generously sharing information and support to help moms get through the tough stuff a bit easier. My only sorrow is this event wasn’t around when I was pregnant with each of my guys! It was a pleasure to be there, and I look forward to next year’s event!