2017 New Orleans Mom of the Year Winner!!

We are excited to announce that the winner of our 2017 New Orleans Mom of the Year is ::

Naomi Lavergne Smith

{Nominated by :: Hannah Szubinski} I have known my best friend Naomi since we were born. She is the most loyal and loving friend you could ever have. She has a Masters in Early and Special education and has worked as a special needs teacher for over 12 years and then the last 3 years to current as an early childhood director. Those who work with her praise her leadership highly. She will roll up her sleeves and get in the trenches with you to meet that successful outcome no matter what. Naomi is an amazing person professionally, but in her personal life I have seen her overcome the most tragic loss and face situations head on that would’ve knocked others out. For as long as I can remember, Naomi has wanted first and foremost to be a mother. It was heartbreaking to learn that she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally, but that didn’t stop her. Through IVF Naomi had the hope of finally being a mother. The first transplant of two eggs was successful and we were all overjoyed that it was a boy and girl, Ruby & Jude! But at the 34 week ultrasound, the doctors told us that Jude had no heartbeat. An emergency c-section was scheduled and the babies were delivered. Ruby was 4 lbs 13oz and the most perfect baby we’d ever seen. And before we told Jude goodbye, we held him and honored his beautiful life. I watched my best friend go through something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. No mother should ever lose her child. Ever. I saw grief so raw and crippling that I didn’t know how she would be able to go on. But go on she did. Not only did I watch her face her grief and process it, but I watched her find the courage to go on living and loving life to the fullest. Ruby was a preemie and it was hard for her to nurse at first. But Naomi never gave up or gave in. She knew that she would be able to nurse and so she spent hours pumping and then training Ruby how to latch. Ruby nursed beautifully all the way to 2 years old. As it turned out, Naomi was able to produce so much extra milk, she donated well over 100 gallons of milk to milk banks for micro preemies in that 2 years as well. Not only did she successfully nurse her own daughter, but she also provided life saving nutrition to other preemies. And this is just classic Naomi! When she has a goal and vision for something, nothing can deter her. She will break down any wall or obstacle. Ruby is now 3 years old and has a new baby brother Jasper, who was born a few days before Easter of this year! Jasper was also conceived through IVF and it was a tedious pregnancy. We all breathed easier once he was finally born. The courage that Naomi has to go through the whole process again especially after already losing a child is mind boggling to me. She is my hero and inspiration in my own motherhood journey. The love and gentleness, and patience she has with her children knows no limits. Her loss gave her an appreciation of life that is simply beautiful. Her children are so blessed to have her as their mother and I’m so honored and humbled to call her my best friend. She is truly one in a million.

Congratulations Naomi!! You are the winner of the awesome prize pack giveaway worth over $700! 

We would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of you AMAZING moms out there!

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