I’m 16 weeks pregnant as of yesterday and I’ve started accumulating a few items here and there that will go into the nursery of our little babe. So far, we don’t have any of the necessities like a crib or rocking chair, but we’ve collected a few personal items that are sweet reminders of who is going to be living in this room come October. A tiny rocking horse that my grandfather made for my brother and me when we were babies. He even painted the face and tacked on that padded leather seat, what a guy. A hand-knit chimp that Parker brought home from work one day that I absolutely love. And this “Be Unique” fish print from Minted that they sent me as part of their involvement with Every Mother Counts for Mother’s Day.
Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign founded by Christy Turlington Burns to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. A woman dies every 90 seconds around the world from complications of pregnancy. 90% of these deaths are preventable. Being pregnant for the first time certainly brings me a whole new level of awareness and empathy for mothers around the world and it breaks my heart to think that simple procedures and interventions could save the lives of so many women, if only they had access to proper care. This Mother’s Day, Minted is donating 20% of ALL art proceeds if you use the code PRETTYEMC at checkout.
I love this organization and applaud its efforts to raise awareness and help mothers around the world, so I was really pleased when Minted reached out and asked me to spread the word to you guys. The Every Mother Counts website is great, check it out and watch the videos to learn more (like this one about how the lack of basic transportation is an obstacle that can turn a minor complication into life or death situation, or this message from founder Christy Turlington Burns.). It’s truly eye opening.
I love this print for our nursery and the message I hope our kids grow up to embrace. I’m excited to start collecting more art for the space because I really believe having fun things to look at in those quiet moments have such an impact on a child’s imagination.
So what do you think of my little collection so far? Lots of blues and reds, which might be leaning toward a more traditional boy color palette, but I don’t really care about that. Colors are colors in my mind, and both genders have equal claim to them. Although, if we do find out we’re expecting a little girl, I probably won’t be able to help myself with a few feminine touches. :)
Be sure to check out Minted for Mother’s Day this year. There are so many unique art prints that would make great gifts for your mom this year. I love all the ideas Minted pulled together here. And don’t forget to use the code PRETTYEMC at checkout to have 20% donated to Every Mother Counts.