Here at Little & Mighty, we believe that all kids are mighty. We have had the opportunity to meet so many awesome people via Little & Mighty. It's one of the best perks of the job! We love hearing the stories from these awesome parents. These kids are oh so mighty! It's so inspiring!
We want to take some time each month to shine the spotlight on a Mighty Kid. This month we chose one who hasn't made a full revolution around the sun but has already traveled across the world!
Let me introduce to you Hana Porobic and her Mighty Kid, Luna.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY:
Hello! We are dada Jon, mama Hana, and baby Luna - urban dwellers of downtown Seattle. Jon and I are both architects by training and always have a home improvement project in progress or on the horizon. I am a drawer, painter, and am immersed in the world of design every day for work. Jon is a messy-haired, musically inclined, beautiful dreamer. For work, he owns a business called Graypants where he creates lights from recycled cardboard. Luna LOVES to help her dad at work! When we need to get away from the city noise, we retreat to our tiny floating home under a bridge where we can connect with nature and animals not normally associated with city living.
WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT BECOMING A PARENT?
My surprise was a pleasant one. I was pretty intimidated of doing many of the simple things with a young baby in tow. Things like eating out, traveling, being in public in general. “What if she cries? Will our presence ruin someone else’s experience?, etc.” Then a close friend came to visit. Sabine is an experienced, kick-ass mama of 2. On her first day, she picked up a carrier and magically Luna tolerated it (I should mention by that point and 3 carriers later we concluded Luna is just not the “carrier type of baby”). Sabine took us out and about, to an art opening and some of our favorite, intimate restaurants around Seattle. It wasn’t easy and I was on edge, but it truly opened my eyes to how helpful and nice most people were, even during meltdowns. From that freeing experience onward, we have continued going on adventures together like we always have. The three of us have since traveled across the globe, explored new campgrounds locally, attended music and design festivals, discovered art and we can’t imagine not sharing it all with Luna.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST PARENTING ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?
The best advice came from my midwife. That from day one, these tiny beings will have minds of their own. They’ll have their own personality and identity, and to go with the flow as we get to know each other. Luna definitely sets her own pace and is not shy to let us know when she disagrees with something.
The worst advice has to do with letting babies “cry it out”. Our first pediatrician never diagnosed Luna correctly, dismissing her cries as “just something babies do”. I listen to Luna’s sounds as I would listen to anybody else who is communicating with me. I know that with each sound, she is sharing something and I am learning her language as she is learning ours.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR A BRAND NEW PARENT?
Follow your instincts even if you are brand new to it all, you’ve got this!
And also someone told us, “Days are long and months are fast.” So snuggle at every opportunity. And nap at every opportunity, too.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE HOW MIGHTY YOUR KID WAS?
The very day she was born when she had a strong opinion on the direction she was facing during her first bath. At some point our midwife turned to us and said, “this is one strong-minded baby, definitely not afraid to speak her mind”. So far, that has been very true.
DESCRIBE YOUR MIGHTY KID'S TYPICAL DAY.
On days we are home together, we usually get up between 7-8am and immediately eat breakfast. On a nice day, we stroll to a local coffee shop, on the remaining 350 Seattle days, we spend a few hours on the floor, rolling, playing, reading. First nap happens around 9am and lasts about an hour or so. This is when I finally enjoy my coffee. After nap 1, we have snacks and pick our hangout spot, park, beach, zoo, museum, or some indoor play area where we’ll spend the early afternoon. We have lunch at home and head out to our daily adventure. Before dinner, we hang out together. This is the time our living room becomes a fort and we turn into a 3-piece band or Lego builders extraordinaire! Dinner happens around 6pm followed by bath time and that’s when things quiet down. For bedtime, we read stories and hum Luna into dreamland.
no real nicknames, sometimes when she’s especially ornery, we call her “little shrimp”.
Nothing makes her as intensely and instantaneously happy as water and music. She never gets tired of water. Bubble bath, beach, or random water fountains around the city, she cannot leave it behind. And from day one, she has been in love with Jon’s guitar playing. I’m pretty sure she thinks she is a rock star! She dances, drums and strums (sometimes all at once) any time he picks up his guitar.
Anything that feels like it is restraining free movement – things like: swaddling, seat belts, most carriers that don’t allow her limbs to be completely free, even overalls!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MIGHTY KID'S MOST RECENT ADVENTURE.
We just went to Croatia and Bosnia where Luna met much of my family. It was quite the adventure. We traveled along the coast, swam in the beautiful waters of the Adriatic Sea, ate fruit off the branches, and played an accordion under grandma’s grape vines. Every day brought its own magic. Perhaps the most memorable photo is one with my grandma, Esma, whose name we gave to Luna as her middle name. It captured four generations of women in our family and was later published by a local magazine.
WHAT IS YOUR KID'S MIGHTIEST QUALITY CURRENTLY (MIGHTY NAPPER, MIGHTY FUNNY, MIGHTY TANTRUMS, ETC.)
Luna is mighty joyful, and it is infectious. I remember one day walking with Luna down a traffic-gridlocked street. It was the day she learned to wave. So Luna started waving enthusiastically at every frustrated driver, giggling and kicking her dangling feet from the carrier. As we passed each car, so many people unclenched their fists from the steering wheel, smiled, and waved back to her. At some point I started laughing with her, realizing that this tiny being just lightened up so many people stuck in a frustrating situation.
WHAT DOES LITTLE AND MIGHTY MEAN TO YOU?
To me it is about not underestimating the greatness of our little humans. The sheer imagination and adventurous freedom they exude is the most powerful and uplifting reminder of what’s truly important in life - it brings out the kid in all of us.
DOES YOUR KID LOVE TO PLAY IN WATER?
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