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Parenting PRIDE: Our journey from infertility to motherhood

June 24, 2017

by Amanda Boucher

Ever since Angela and I met, we knew that we’d have children. She’d never had a strong desire for it but I always did. Being a mom was something I knew in my heart that I’d always be. So, when infertility struck, it was devastating. After years of trying, losses and negative tests, we turned to other options. During our search we found embryo donation. The concept is simple; people that have leftover embryos, but are done with their families, choose to donate them to people like us. They have a few options for what to do with the extra embryos, including disposing of them, but some incredibly selfless donors choose to share them with families like ours.


We thought we’d give it a chance and just see what happens, and within two hours of posting our profile online, we were contacted by a wonderful family! We clicked with them immediately and began the seemingly daunting process of legally transferring the embryos to our names. Once everything was transferred and ready to go, we flew across the country to their clinic to start the process. Sadly, all six of the beautiful embryos that were so graciously gifted to us did not survive the thaw. We were back at square one.


I began calling around and eventually did find a great clinic and wonderful couple that were looking for the right home for their embryos. After some communication, they chose us! Five perfect frozen embryos were gifted to us. We traveled to the clinic in December of 2015 to transfer two embryos. Shortly after, we found out that we were expecting! My levels were great and doubling faster than usual. We went for our first ultrasound and just KNEW that it was twins! They did the scan and sure enough, there were two sacs! However, they couldn’t see a baby in the second sac and thought that it might have just been too early. Our second ultrasound showed the same and they sent us home with the advice to be happy that we had one healthy little bean.

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Amanda and Landon stop to touch the flowers. Amanda is wearing Landon in a Victoria pikkolo carrier.


A few weeks later, at our ultrasound, the second the wand touched my belly, we saw the usual two sacs, but this time… we saw a baby in each sac! They checked out Baby A and all was well (whew!). They moved over to Baby B and we all held our breath. There was no heartbeat. We felt incredibly sad for the loss of one of our precious babies, but tried our very best to focus on our healthy Baby A.


Baby A soon was named Landon Samuel and was born in August 2016. Landon was and is the most perfect little guy! However, when Landon was two weeks old we took him to the doctor because he never seemed to stop screaming and arched his back quite a bit. After a quick test, he was diagnosed with Milk Soy Protein Intolerance (MSPI) and we started the crazy journey of attempting to tackle it. For the first six weeks of his life, we spent it sitting in the rocker holding him. Once we were finally able to muster up the courage to attempt to babywear him, life changed!

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Angela, Amanda, and Landon hanging out at the park together.


He was still miserable but much better when being held close. We were able to move around and feel a tiny bit human again. He spent countless days being wrapped up close to us.


Now that he is feeling better, getting older, and more active, he’s not a huge fan of being wrapped. He likes to get up and down as he pleases and we found that a buckle carrier was the way to go. We love the versatility and portability that a buckle carrier provides. Landon will be one soon and we plan to babywear until he outgrows his carrier! We love it!

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Amanda and Landon in the Victoria pikkolo.


We do still have two amazing embryos waiting for us. If we are lucky enough to have a second little miracle, we will start babywearing from day one. It such a gift to be able to hold our little guy so close and we cherish every moment of it!

lgbtq mothers with son

A family of 3!

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Catbird Baby in the News Newborn News/Announcements Pikkolo Product News Uncategorized


April 1, 2016
Mom kisses baby's head while carrying her in the pikkolo buckle carrier.

April 1, 2016

For more information, contact:
Nicole Keesecker, Director of Communications


After much anticipation, Catbird Baby would like to announce our new and improved carrier! It’s what every new mom has been asking for: a baby carrier that works for infants AND toddlers WITHOUT AN INSERT! Our new design features dual-adjustable buckles, memory foam straps, and a unique “cincher” that allows the carrier to instantly adapt to fit an itty-bitty newborn or wrangle your tired two-year-old. We’ve specifically designed this carrier to make babywearing easy and comfortable for a variety of bodies including moms who had c-sections, those with shorter torsos, and dad who prefer crossable straps. Without a bulky structured waistband, it fits easily in any diaper bag. Beth Leistensnider, Catbird Baby owner and founder says “We think our new carrier is going to be a game-changer in the baby gear space. Up until now, there have been so few good options.”

Catbird Baby pikkolo in Georgia

Catbird Baby pikkolo in Georgia

The new Catbird Baby pikkolo is on sale today! You can find your local baby boutique or visit to be the first of your friends to get your hands on this amazing addition to the ever-expanding world of baby carriers.

Some may ask how the pikkolo compares to other carriers on the market today; the pikkolo has a forward-facing option and has undergone almost 9 years of rigorous field testing before release.

All smiles, being worn in the pikkolo baby carrier.

All smiles, being worn in the pikkolo baby carrier.

Catbird Baby is a Chicago-based carrier company and a pioneer in the babywearing industry. Owned and operated by Beth Leistensnider, babywearing expert, designer extraordinaire, and mom of two, Catbird Baby products have been infant insert-free since April 1, 2008. To learn more about Catbird Baby and our story, visit

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Ready, set, caffeinate!

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Mei Tais News/Announcements Product News Uncategorized

A Mei Tai for Mighty Gabriel

October 10, 2015

We have a few new mei tais coming out this fall (we’ll tell you more about those next week), but wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about one in particular and the special place it holds in our heart.

special edition mei tai for Gabriel

A mei tai for Mighty Gabriel

Our newest mei tai pattern is called Mighty Gabriel’s Forest and it’s named for a beautiful little boy whose life was much too short. Before he was born, his parents were gifted a Catbird Baby carrier, by a member of our team, that they would never be able to use. No parent should have to go through what they have. And at Catbird Baby we want to honor baby Gabriel and bring awareness to the disease that took him from us.

Gabriel Anthony Allen was born on June 24, 2015 with a genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA. The diagnosis came when he was just four weeks old. We had never heard of it before; neither had his parents. SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.

Baby Gabriel

Baby Gabriel was born on June 24th.

Gabriel in Hospital

Gabriel was diagnosed with SMA when he was 4 weeks old and spent 30 days in the hospital.

Gabriel Outside

Once home, Mighty Gabriel was able to spend some time outside in his backyard forest with the help of his special wagon.








Gabriel spent his 64 days of life surrounded by love. While his body was failing, his mind was sharp. He smiled. He loved music and being outside with his parents and three-year-old sister. He was brave and mighty.

Gabriel’s backyard is a forest of trees filled with deer, rabbits and foxes. He never grew up to run and explore this wonderland or learn to skip rocks alongside his sister. But we know that his spirit lives on in the whisper of the wind, the rustling of the leaves, in the playfulness and purposefulness that is nature ; his spirit lives on in Mighty Gabriel’s Forest.

Mei Tai Gabriel Forest Pattern

A nature inspired design with trees, deer, foxes and rabbits that remind us of Gabriel and his time spent outdoors.

A portion of all Mighty Gabriel’s Forest mei tai sales will go to cureSMA, an organization that funds research for the treatment of and cure for SMA.

To learn more about SMA visit

To learn more about Mighty Gabriel and his story visit

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