For as long as I can remember, I have loved babies! As a little girl, I was given dolls, but what I actually longed for was living, breathing infants. My desire was to hold them, feed them, and help them come out of their mama’s bellies. Fast forward two decades and my dream was becoming a reality.
Becoming a Nurse
At age 22, I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing and entered the world of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I cared for sick and premature infants ranging in size from 14 ounces to eight or nine pounds. In a time of uncertainty and fear, I was able to bring peace and knowledge to new parents.
After five years, I cross-trained to become a Labor and Delivery/Postpartum nurse. I loved it! Educating, encouraging, and empowering new moms to competently care for their babies was what I was born to do. I extended my love for pregnant women to the office setting when I began to work for a local obstetrician examining women during their prenatal appointments. It was incredible- I became friends with so many of these patients as I’d assess and educate them throughout their entire pregnancy.
Over the past two years, I have stopped “working” and started living out my passion. I have given my heart and soul to educating and encouraging new families through “Taking Cara Babies”. I found that sleep deprivation was a common hurdle for most families. Due to my story and years of training, research, and experience- Taking Cara Babies has been helping families get the rest they all require and desire throughout the nation.
While taking care of those newborns in Labor and Delivery, a hot pediatrician decided I was the love of his life. Soon afterwards, he captured my heart and we were married. So, put two of us together who love tiny ones and it’s probably no surprise to say, I am a proud mama of four wonderful (and quite ornery) children: Andrea (14), Ella (10), Jace (7), and Charlie (6). They are the absolute joys of my life. There’s no greater pleasure in this world than being called “Mom” by these fantastic four.
From a personal point of view- I love to laugh, Target is my sanctuary, and I’m constantly trying to give up Diet Coke. I’d pick Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, and Runts any day over a chocolate bar. I try to workout a few times a week although I hate to sweat. Those molasses cookies from Paradise Bakery and watching The Bachelorette bring me intrinsic joy. Hearing my kids belly laugh is the most fantastic sound to my ears. I named my youngest son “Charlie” because of a you-tube video “Charlie Bit Me”. Finally, I grew up in a small town in Kansas and yes, I’ve heard all of the “Oz” jokes, but I still believe “there is no place like home”.
So-there you go! That’s ME! That’s Cara.