CloudMom: Practical advice, time-saving tips, and essential how-to videos on baby’s first year, from one mom to you. Watch a snapshot of what it’s all about here!
Melissa Lawrence, Mother of Five Rowdy, Sweet, Sassy Kids
Co-Founder, CEO and Co-Executive Producer
I grew up one of four children in Windham, Connecticut, an idyllic all-American small town. I had the lemonade stand and everything! From there I went to Amherst College and Harvard Law School, after which I spent 10 years in the not-so-idyllic legal profession including a stint at HBO. Then I took the natural next step of throwing all caution to the wind and delving headfirst into start-up-dom as a co-founder of the website JuiceBoxJungle.
Coming from a big family, I’d always wanted one of my own. I guess it just doesn’t feel like home to me without the sounds of multiple pairs of feet scurrying above me or a pile of backpacks and little shoes by the front door. My husband Marc and I had five kids in 6 ½ years (no, that’s not a typo and no, there aren’t any twins or triplets in the mix). I founded CloudMom in the spring of 2011, shortly after the birth of my fifth child, Marielle. With my first baby, everything was just so hard! I barely managed to get out of the house, let alone breastfeed, pump, do laundry, wash dishes, or even shampoo my hair. By the time Marielle came along, however, I was well-entrenched in my own little routines. After all, with five kids under one roof, you need a system in place if you want to establish any sense of order – as well as maintain your sanity! It has made such an enormous difference in my own life that I felt I just had to share what I’ve learned with other new and expecting moms. Thus, the birth of my sixth baby: CloudMom.
In my series of how-to videos, I offer tips and advice based on what I’ve learned along the way, mistakes and all. My hope is to make your life easier. I can’t wait to hear from all of you other moms out there and to share your ideas and thoughts on life’s most amazing and important endeavor. So please join us on CloudMom!
Thiago has been with CloudMom from the start and I am lucky to have found such a talented director and cameraman to join the CloudMom team. One of my favorite moments was listening to Thiago during repeat takes at one of our shoots in his heavy but charming Portuguese accident: “Take tree, een-gorched breasts!” A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thiago formed his own production company, Figura Media, in 2006 in New York City. Spanning numerous industries from advertising to fashion to news and feature films, his projects have appeared on the Sundance Channel, A&E, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS, The Starz Network, ARTE, VH1, MTV Brasil, Fashion TV, The Speed Channel, France 24 and in over 50 film festivals around the world. He also wrote and directed “Before Take Off,” a fiction film based on some of his own childhood experiences, and has been involved in numerous films including ”Elusive Justice,” ”More Than a Month,” “The Rise of Emicida,” and “Gasp.” He is currently working as director-producer on two feature documentaries: “The Daryl Davis Project,” set for release in later this year and “The Essential Erich Fromm” to be released in 2013. Thiago has no children … yet! We’re working on him!
Marielle, Official CloudMom Baby
Marielle is a featured guest on CloudMom. My fifth baby, she began appearing in CloudMom videos when she was just 4 months old. Some of her earliest appearances include “How to Change a Baby’s Diaper,” “Lap Burping” and almost all our videos on baby clothes. Marielle is a real trooper! I hope that when she’s a teenager she won’t be upset at me for including her in the “How to Breastfeed” video!