Baby Bee Hummingbirds Keepsakes

Time is such an interesting concept, especially for young parents. Pregnancy drags on day after day, and slows down more and more the closer you get to the birth of your baby. You have all the time in the world to get the nursery set up, select a name, and otherwise prepare for the arrival of your baby, until you suddenly realize that baby could come any day, and then there just isn’t enough time to get everything done! And once your baby arrives, those first few moments, days, and sometimes weeks, are both deliciously slow and gone so fast. Then, as you establish a new day to day routine, before you know it, your baby turns into a toddler and you wonder how on earth time could have passed so quickly! Time is far from a constant friend. How do you hold on to those precious moments with your little one?

That is the question that Amy, from Baby Bee Hummingbirds, helps moms answer all over the world, by offering to eternalize certain moments in time by crafting them into gems: your baby’s birth with a Placenta Gem, your breastfeeding relationship with a Breastmilk Gem, your little one’s first hair trim with a First Curl Gem, and more. In the short interview below, Amy tells us a bit about herself and her gems, and she is excited to offer you a chance to win a breastmilk gem in a very special giveaway.

Mumma & Babies

Amy with her babies!

TLB: What would you like the Leaky Boob community to know about Baby Bee Hummingbirds (BBH)?

Amy: BBH was born from my desire to capture and preserve life’s most precious memories.  As a midwife and breastfeeding mumma (six years continuous breastfeeding and counting), I have a deep passion and drive to create gems that represent and honour a mother’s role as life giver and nurturer.  I basically turned my “ hobby”  into a world wide business. I am honoured and proud to craft my unique collection of gems, which has naturally expanded from Breastmilk Gems, to Placenta Gems, First Curl Gems, Ashes Gems, and Pet Memorial Gems.

TLB: What a neat opportunity. It’s easy to see how this would appeal to many many moms. But the idea of preserving bodily fluids or tissue could also make some people squeamish. Is there any danger to anyone’s health in producing these keepsakes?

Amy: There is absolutely no danger to anyone’s health.  However I do recognize that every day I deal with individuals’ unique DNA, and I acknowledge that by ensuring all my supplies are single use only, and my preservation methods are 100% safe and risk free.

TLB: How long does the creation of these unique pieces of jewelry take?

A: All my gems are crafted in steps. The very first step is to start the unique preservation method, which takes a few days to complete. After this the gems are set, coated in a protective resin, sanded, and polished to perfection.  Each gem takes an average of three hours to create over several days.

TLB: What is your favorite Breastfeeding tip?

Amy: Especially during the early (newborn months), enjoy your ability to nourish and nurture your child. Take the time to sit or lay down quietly with your nursling. It’s Mother Nature’s way of ensuring you rest often (yes even if its every 2 hours).  Breathe in that baby scent and let the oxytocin (love hormone) flow, fall deeper in love with your little one, and recharge.

Full Term Breastfeeding

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Amy is offering three different prizes to 3 lucky Leakies!
(one prize per winner)
Retail Value: $62 each

Amythest BreastMilk Gem

First Prize: A Breastmilk Gem Bead

Pure Heart Gem

Second Prize: A Pure Breastmilk Gem Heart

BreastMilk Gem with First Curl

Third Prize: A Breastmilk Gem Bead with Baby’s First Curl

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 Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from February 26, 2015 through March 6, 2015.  A big thanks to Amy and Baby Bee Hummingbirds for their support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.  Check them out on Instagram too, username @babybeehummingbirds

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  1. Mandy Sergent says:

    Love this! I’ve been keeping a journal since my little girl was just a couple months old and I write things to her that I hope to give her when she is big. It has helped me process everything, hold on to those little moments a little longer, and has really helped me process through PP depression.

  2. Taking photos of my little one

  3. My little one isn’t so little anymore (3) but breastfeeding was a HUGE accomplishment for us in my eyes. We stopped when he was around 2.5 and I’m pretty sure it was harder on me! I still have a bag of frozen milk in my freezer that I kept after making my last donation. I just can’t seem to throw it out….

  4. I love taking pictures of my little one nursing at different ages and looking back at our journey that way!

  5. Veronica Bohan says:

    I take a photo of my son every month to compare his growth from the month before.

  6. What a great idea! These are beautiful!

  7. I try to take loads of pictures and just be present for my little guy. It will be interesting to see how it goes when baby #2 arrives in August!

  8. I take tons of pictures of course, but I have been wanting to make photo books for each year to memorialize everything that has happened. I also have a baby book that I have yet to finish!

  9. Windi Hornsby says:

    We take lots of pictures and fill out index cards with important milestones.

  10. Andrea Wiegand says:

    i love the idea of a breast milk pendant. I’m nursing my last baby and that would be a lovely way to honor my journey.

  11. I have some photos but I just enjoy the moment

  12. Sarah Ellis says:

    I would love to win this little heart, since I am nearing the end of my breastfeeding days.

  13. i honor my journey with my little man by keeping up to date on his baby books, taking tons of pictures, feeding him on demand, keeping him the happiest baby ever, being present in the moment with him especially when he is exploring and investigating something new and by following my gut when it comes to him even if everyone else says different because I know my son best 😉

  14. I love this!!! I am assuming it dosent melt correct

  15. Love the breastmilk pendant! 🙂

  16. I try to write all of my special memories down. Emphasis on try. 🙂

  17. I’m not sure if this is what is meant by blog post comment… but I think it is.

    My husband and I are writing a song together about the birth of our first baby to remember this time. I’ve also taken weekly pictures of the growing bump to remember my pregnancy :).

    It would be great to have one of these gems to have something to keep from when they were little 🙂 it’s a great idea!

  18. Grace Soraparu says:

    This would be perfect as I am finishing up nursing my three and possibly last child:(

  19. This is such a beautiful giveaway.

  20. Michelle Osabel says:

    I want to win the breastmilk bead because I had a very difficult time breastfeeding and I want to be able to always look at the bead and remember that I can do anything for my children and I’m stronger than I think.

  21. This is such a neat idea! The gems are so sweet!

  22. Kristin Wolke says:

    No real celebration but I had wanted to mark it with some keepsake since we are at 15 months now!

  23. This is beautiful!

  24. These are beautiful!

  25. I have enjoyed nursing all of my children currently on baby number 3 who is almost 6 months old. I cherish our bond and have been searching for a way to cherish my momma milk it’s bitter sweet and something I want to hang on to for the rest of my lifetime. I will be deeply saddened the day my daughter weans this may or may not be our last baby.

  26. Michelle Campbell says:

    This is such a wonderful idea!

  27. Michelle Campbell says:

    We honor our journey by taking the time each and every day to have cuddle time. I work full time and when I get home, I am ready to have one on one time with each child and cuddle them and play with them!

  28. I got a tattoo of a mom (me) holding and nursing her baby (DS) to always remind me of my breastfeeding journey 🙂

  29. Though it may not be original. I honor my journey with my little by taking TONS of pictures. I also write blogs about our days together, but mostly take pictures of her growing and learning. We are going on 15 months of breastfeeding and she (and her Daddy) is my world. I love to show her pictures of her as a baby even though she may not know it’s her yet. Breastfeeding is a special bond for us. I suffered from severe PP anxiety and OCD and breastfeeding kept us close and happy. I would love to have a breastmilk gem to keep.

  30. I plan to honor/memorialize our journey with our little one through scrapbooking. I really hope to have some photos taken honoring my nursing time with my little one too. I’d love to capture the special moments I have with her.

  31. I love these! I love having a keepsake for such a special relationship between my son and I. 🙂

  32. I got nursing photos done for our breastfeeding journey. It makes me feel like a gorgeous magazine model and makes me warm and fuzzy whenever I look at them.

  33. brandi george says:

    i have a tattoo of a flower for each of my daughters.

  34. These are so pretty and unique!

  35. I’ve looked at various little breast milk keepsakes since before my 9 m/o was born. I think they are cute. I never expected to actually make it this far with this LO. My older two I only made it to 3/6 months respectively. Still hoping to make it to a year. If we do I think I’ll have to get me one of these keepsakes.

  36. Love these! I just gave my little dude his first haircut too!

  37. Jessica Featherstone says:

    I love this! What a wonderful way to remember such a special time.

  38. this jewelry is such a beautiful keepsake! I try to capture as many moments as possible with pictures, but this wpd be an extra special reminder.

  39. DeeDee Putzel says:

    I never have, but now I wish I had.. my last nursing is 2 and I know that our journey will be ending soon.

  40. I would absolutely love the breastmilk gem bead! Thanks for this chance 🙂

  41. I use a calendar to remember them all

  42. Janelle Rowley says:

    I like to take a picture of us nursing from the angle of my view while I was nursing so I can remember it. I love the idea of a breast milk charm.

  43. Jason Bohan says:

    I spend as much time as possible with him and my wife takes a photo of me holding him monthly to track his growth

  44. I love the breastmilk beads and heart! They are absolutely beautiful! My 2+ year old son is starting to self wean and I would LOVE something to commemorate our breastfeeding relationship for years to come! I have really enjoyed breastfeeding and this is what makes this a real bittersweet moment for me because he is my last baby and only one of my three children to take to breastfeeding and I am really going to miss it!

  45. Janet Pratt says:

    I take lots of pictures

  46. I try to enjoy every moment and find something to be grateful for each time, especially when things are difficult.

  47. What amazing products.

  48. Tara Kosing says:

    Lots of pictures. It goes by so fast.

  49. Amber Farhat says:

    These are super sweet! I love the idea of having a keepsake to remind us of our nursing journey.

  50. These are lovely! I haven’t come up with a way to memorialize milestones yet other than photos.

  51. Jessica J. says:

    I take our breastfeeding journey day by day. baby is currently 4mo, and I’ve set no “goals” because I’ll be letting him go as long as he desires!

  52. Hoping to put together a photobook after he’s 1. I’d love one of these gems to remember our breastfeeding journey!

  53. I have made photo books for everything! I have one for each twin for their NICU stay, their first year monthly milestones with the photos, a family book for each year, their baby shower, and my pregnancy.

  54. I try to journal a few sentences for each boy as often as possible, but especially on “milestones”.

  55. This is so interesting – to be able to immortalize your breastfeeding relationship by preserving your breastmilk into a bead. All we did so far has been to have a frame created with my daughter’s hand and footprints when she was a couple months old. I wish I were more creative myself and made time to do things like this as well! Thanks for the opportunity!

  56. Melissa Maldonado says:

    I love how that breastmilk gem looks! I so need one…thank you for the opportunity

  57. Kate Vigderson says:

    Photos are our biggest way of remembering milestones and we also have a special book that a friend gave us when our daughter was born. In it, we write down all the important stuff we want to remember – growth stats, new skills, funny/cute things she says, etc.

  58. Pics! Lots of pictures

  59. Lara Leigh Winton says:

    I love taking pictures of my boys nursing. I had my hubby take a picture the first time I tandem nursed and the first time I nursed each boy. I capture those milk drunk drops on their chin after they have dropped off to sleep and slipped off. I love these quiet moments with those eyes looking up to me. The smiles around the nipple when I make a funny face and he giggles. When he latches and is immediately asleep. Feel blessed every single day.

    • Erin C. says:

      I remember those same moments too and I miss them! I am hoping to win a breastmilk gem since I don’t pump, I would have to hand express just enough if I won! I might have to find someone closer to home if I don’t though. I also took lots of pictures of my son nursing at different times, not any specific times, just whenever he does something cute or just because!

  60. Margaret Grote says:

    We snuggle in bed every morning nursing and giggling together, peering each other’s face, and hugging. Morning nursing is my favorite time of the day!

  61. We’re still waiting for ours to arrive but I look forward to the chance to mark those small but important milestones. Probably with loads of pictures and goodness knows what else I come up with once she makes more of her personality known.

  62. I try to take as many pictures as possible

  63. MyChau Brikshavana says:

    I use a calendar and write down little tidbits that my little one accomplished that day or what I feel for her on that day. I will save these calendars and give them to her when she’s older.

  64. I think these are beautiful! I have been saving some breast milk in the freezer for over a year because I haven’t found the right person or jewelry for this purpose. I can’t wait to check her out more! Love everything about The Leaky B@@b!

  65. Melissa Ayers says:

    I have a few private pictures of my daughter breastfeeding, but would love something else to commemorate our breastfeeding relationship.

  66. I try to remind myself that these days won’t last. My three year old running around us as I’m nursing my newest is a good reminder!

  67. I want one!! These charms look beautiful, some of the best quality ones I’ve seen!

  68. Barb Cloutier says:

    These are all gorgeous! I try to cherish each day with my littles. I look forward to the small moments as well as the big ones. I capture memories through pictures and make a family yearbook every year.

  69. I knit, you can see the progression of special events/growth through my daughter’s hand knit items!

  70. Sandra Caballero says:

    I love to have a breast milk heart gem to remember that I breast fed my baby girls. Amy from baby bee hummingbirds is so talented to create this beautiful crafts! I love her work!

  71. We are at 14 months and counting for nursing which is a huge accomplishment to me since I only was able to breastfeeding my first for 6 weeks. I would love to win this to celebrate our journey though it wasn’t easy it was definitely worth it!

  72. Christy says:

    Other than photos i don’t have a way that I commemorate my journey with my kids. I want one of these pendants!!! Ok I want 3. 🙂

  73. Suni adams says:

    Her work is literally a work of art

  74. Amanda M says:

    I don’t know that I’m actively “eternalizing” memories very often. But I am working on just being PRESENT with my kiddos. And I think that goes a long way toward honoring the relationships 🙂

  75. I’d love to win this! Still going strong nursing my 19 month old daughter, and am the first in my family to successfully breastfeed 🙂 That’s something to celebrate!!

  76. Christine says:

    I hold on to those precious moments with the memories that me and my little one created. This is great way to commemorate your little one’s many milestones.

  77. Lynsey k says:

    I try and take pictures of me breastfeeding my daughter. I know she is only little for a short while. So I try and enjoy these sweet moments together.

  78. The heart gem is beautiful! I love the idea of this.

    • It sounds silly but I like to mark on my calendar all my son’s “firsts” and I keep a running list of the words he’s learned so I can watch him blooming into his own person with his own ideas and goals.

  79. Merindah Overhall says:

    I keep a journal for my bany hotel and gave done so from the very day we found out I was pregnant! Our daughter is our rainbow baby & we wanted her to know our journey to meeting her. She is one very loved little girl. Xo

  80. I take lots of pictures! Every time we get professional photos done, I make sure we have some nursing pics, and I also have some candids taken by my mom, my husband, and even myself in the every day moments of nursing.

  81. Nichole S says:

    I bought a locket from another “mommy’s milk” site, I love it and felt it was a beautiful way to honor our journey.

  82. Nikki Johnson says:

    i honor my BFing relationship with my children by capturing the moments! I love looking back and remembering.

  83. I take lots of photos. I also use a day planner as a mini journal to write down things that happened each day: quotes, milestones, prayers, etc.

  84. Jennifer Noel says:

    I take lots and lots of pictures and videos. Save first curls and lots and lots of cuddles.

  85. I honor my journey with my little man by taking lots of pictures! I love how sweet and relaxed he looks in them, and it’s such a special bond.

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