Hey there, Mama! Thanks for checking us out and seeing what we are all about!
The creative director and founding Mama behind the Mumming & Co clothing brand. And of course, meet little Riley, the cheekiest and cutest little assistant we have. Riley is also the motivation for Mumming & Co.
Hiya Mamas, I'm Heather and I started this journey when I was on maternity leave with my brand new son. He was 10 weeks old when the idea came to me and I've been working on this idea ever since.
As any new Mama could relate, I had never thought about what would happen, and how I would go, when I had to start working again, once my 18 weeks of paid maternity leave were up. All I knew was, that I most definitely was no where near ready to get back into the workforce. Especially, after such a short time off after birth.
It was so scary and completely overwhelming. I definitely, wasn't ready to leave my son. He seemed too little and of course, I was still breastfeeding (exclusively pumping too, which was already quite demanding on my time let alone looking after a new baby) and the thought of trying to work, and somehow manage to express, where TF I was going to be able to store my breastmilk, how to get it home without spilling it and how I was going to be able to actually focus at work. It seemed to be completely impossible and overwhelming. I said to myself, "Nope, this will be WAY too much for me to manage and I need something that's beneficial, both physically and mentally, for my family and myself."
So with that, I started thinking about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. I started planning and brainstorming ideas. I put to use, the skills I knew I had. The skills I gained working in the fashion retail industry for a number of years and understanding how it all worked. I had experience in both womenswear and maternity wear. It was a perfect combination for a new Mum who could relate to other mums and mums-to-be wanting to find comfy, stylish and good quality clothing. I decided that I'd love to share my ideas with other Mums. Through my brainstorming, I started to narrow down what it was exactly, that I wanted to create, manufacture and share with other mums and mums-to-be. I wanted to design and create fun and humorous printed tees, comfy and stylish plain tees, long sleeve tops and an exclusive denim collection that were all specific for all mums and mums to be, that really showcased what my vision - and hopefully a common vision amongst others - about what motherhood is all about. Ideas kept flooding in and I kept thinking, "My gosh, I hope other mums out there actually like my ideas and design concepts. I hope that they also share a common vision for style, comfort and support in maternity wear, post partum wear and beyond. I hope they would love to show off their new journey into and throughout, motherhood by wearing these products. I know if I saw these as customer, I would buy it! Especially if a fellow Mama has designed and create them."
My mission and goals are, for other mums to feel celebrated, empowered, stylish and comfy AF in these designs, and that they feel confident wearing them. I am so thankful to have a job that has allowed me the freedom to be home with my son, whilst doing something I truly enjoy and - hopefully - bringing joy, support, empowerment, celebration and a bit of good old humor to others. I would be so proud to have my business employing and supporting mums in the future. Until I reach that goal, it is just little old me, an ordinary Mama, behind the face of Mumming & Co.