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A N Y A A Y O U N G C H E E  Fashion Designer x Entrepreneur x Activist | ANYA AYOUNG CHEE - LIMITED EDITION Pieces Available Now! SHOP NOW! #WeePals #LINKINBIO >>>

The two designs my Mom and I chose to relaunch her children's clothing line, #WeePals, were drawn by my brothers, Ben and Rohan. 'Beep Beep Taxi' and 'Falling People' are their original names, and were favourites when they were first released in the early 1990's. There's still an arsenal of drawings remaining for us to choose from as you can imagine would be the case from a family of six children!
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We are so excited to have the opportunity to share these drawings all over again, with a whole new generation whose parents remember the brand from their childhood, and an entirely new audience who are learning about #WeePals for the first time!
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Read more about my Mom's story on my website and grab one of these onesies for your little one or niece or nephew today! #LINKINBIO
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📷: @wyattgallery .
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#WeePals began one day in 1988 when my Mom @michelejodhan had the idea to take one of my brother's drawings from school and turn it into a hand-painted, hand-sewn pocket tee shirt. By 1991 her side project had grown into a small business, selling at small artisan markets; and by 1992 #WeePals opened it's first boutique in Trinidad.
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Over the following years #WeePals diversified to become a family line offering a range of products from baby tee shirts and dresses to matching ones for Moms and Dads; to stationery, soft furnishings and even wooden puzzles and cookies. Many of the products were exported throughout the Caribbean islands but the pinnacle came when, in a collaboration, we produced a collection in Prato, Italy for a high end store in New York City.
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Today my Mom and I relaunched her brand, with two designs drawn by my brothers (many years ago!) offered as onesies in sizes 3-6 months and 6-12 months, available now on my website, shipping locally and internationally! .
Shop the #WeePals Collection now for your little one, nieces, nephews and grandchildren! #LINKINBIO
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📷: @wyattgallery .
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As a child and teenager I grew up with my mother's brand, #WeePals, as a fixture of my life. I completely took it for granted that she was the mother of six AND an entrepreneur - owner of two boutiques and an export brand. Now more then ever I marvel at this feat and have an appreciation for the accomplishments of #WeePals on an entirely different level!
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With the arrival of Kaïri and pending arrival of my brother's first baby, my Mom and I decided to relaunch her brand, which features the drawings of my brothers and I (back then not now! 😆), composed and designed by her.
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We are so excited to launch the first #WeePals Collection featuring two designs on onesies for sizes 3-6 months and 6-12 months, available now on my website, shipping locally & internationally!
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Shop the #WeePals Collection today for your little one, nieces, nephews and grandchildren! #LINKINBIO .
📷: @wyattgallery .
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Everyone said the first couple weeks would be insane... and they have been! But that it would all be worth it when you look into his eyes, and it's true! It must be by design that we fall madly in love with our own babies, and we are biased to the core when it comes to their cuteness! ... Because without that how we would we navigate this super intense parenting journey 😆😩
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What I'm really trying to say is that despite the exhaustion and the utter confusion of being a first time parent... I absolutely ADORE him! #KaïriPilar #MyForeverLove ♥️
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📷: @wyattgallery .
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I was told, and had read several times, that in the beginning breastfeeding would be very challenging... But nothing could have prepared me for the experience of the last 12 days! Im determined to push through this early stage and have had incredible assistance from my lactation specialist, Marilyn Stollmeyer, my midwives at @mamatotocentre and unending love and support from @wyattgallery and my Mom. Yet I've still found myself breaking down into tears from pure exhaustion and the feeling of being utterly overwhelmed.
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I am positive some of you can relate to these feelings in some way or another. If you're open to it, I would love to hear your stories of the first few weeks after birth, and ways in which you have found solace and encouragement to keep going.
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Several years ago I became friends with a man named Ben, from Ghana, who is a security guard at my favourite restaurant in Port of Spain. I was there often and each time we'd talk about his family back home, how he felt being away from them for so long, and what it was like living in Trinidad.
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Ben also brings handbags and fabrics from Ghana to Trinidad sometimes so I asked him if he knew where/how I could get a bassinet similar to one I'd seen on Pinterest... Never thinking he could actually find the exact one I loved! When Kaïri was born he messaged me to say he had a gift for me. He'd found it and shipped it from Ghana and wanted me to have it in celebration of his arrival. Kaïri LOVES looking at the patterns of the weaving and lays in it with such intrigue... And everytime we use it I think of Ben's generosity and the fact that we never know when we are going to meet and connect with people in a long lasting and meaningful way.
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Thank you Ben for this beautiful gift. And even more so for the gift of our friendship.
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📷: @wyattgallery

Me and my little star boy 🌟 #KaïriPilar (and Daddy behind the camera @wyattgallery ) wish to thank you all for showing us so much love following our announcement of this new moment in our lives! We are overwhelmed by your outpouring of congratulations and shared joy at Kaïri's birth. We are truly blessed by the global village of friends and family suporting us through this journey. Our hearts are so full! Thank you! ✨🙏🏼✨

One week ago, at 7:31am on Tuesday July 3rd, I gave birth to my son, Kaïri Pilar Gallery. (Just typing that overwhelms me!) He was born in Trinidad, with the help of our amazing caregivers from Mamatoto Birthing Centre @mamatotocentre and our boss OB/GYN, Dr Sandra Boxill. As with most birthing plans, nothing went as we expected 😆 but in the end we were blessed with a perfect combination of guidance and care, and a smooth and (relatively) swift delivery!
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Everyone of you who wrote and messaged over the last few months to share your stories and let me know how extraordinary this experience would be, well, you were right! There literally are no words to describe how I feel. But I can say I am more in awe of life than I have ever been, more in love with @wyattgallery than I ever thought possible, more amazed at our human capacity to channel divine creation, and more grateful than my heart and soul can begin to fathom.
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Kaïri's name is inspired by what is said to be the original Amerindian name for Trinidad [Pronounced: Kye-Ee-Ree], mistakingly heard by the Spanish as Iëre, but based on what Wyatt and I came to discover, is actually Kairi or Caeri, Carib words meaning "island". In addition, 'Kai' means "ocean" and 'Kairi' means "ocean village" in Japanese (think, Blanchisseuse!). With all of this in mind we chose his name to connect him deeply to the land of his birth, and the place his parents met, re-met, and where we continue to reconnect by some unexplainable force.
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Those of you who know me will know exactly why his middle name is Pilar, and in the most incredible way, Kaïri already reminds me of him, as though his life has been rekindled in another form.
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Kaïri's arrival has sparked a new moment of joy and exhilaration in my family. For that I am immensely grateful. We are in the throes of the first week of this adventure so I may be quiet for a while but I thank you for continuing to join me on this incredible journey! Love & blessings! ✨🙏🏼✨

This journey has been a lesson in listening to my inner voice, hearing and feeling my true instincts and knowing that somehow, some way I will be able to navigate whatever comes next. .
There are so many ways we try to control our future, but this experience has shown me there is absolutely no way to do that where new life is concerned. All I have is my faith in what is divinely outlined, and the awareness to remain at peace so that I may continue to witness the miracle that is at play within me. ✨🙏🏼✨
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📷: @wyattgallery .
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Growing up on an island has given me a natural affinity for the #ocean... From my understanding part of the #hypnobirthing technique is to visualize a place that brings you a deep sense of calm and relaxation... For me there's nowhere else besides the ocean that can achieve this.
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Where would you envision to bring yourself to that peaceful place?
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📷: @wyattgallery
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The baby being passed the due date has given us a couple extra days to do the things we love to do together, as this has been the advice of literally EVERYONE we know! Today we head to our favourite beach in #Blanchisseuse and it turned out to be a day from heaven!
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The truth is the picture was taken after I sat in the sand and cried tears of many mixed emotions... Fear and pent up anxiety, worry as the time to really become a parent draws much nearer, and an overwhelming realization of the responsibility that is about to descend on us.
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But Wyatt held my hand and encouraged me to let it all out... It was clearly what I needed... To let the ocean wash away all those feelings, and replenish me with new energy, to move into this next moment with courage and faith.
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For all the moms who have been here in this moment; and all the partners who have seen them through, kudos to you... This is a giant leap of faith into the unknown... And as always, I'd love to hear your stories too. ✨🙏🏼✨
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📷: @wyattgallery .
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This week brings the meaning of anticipation to an entirely different level! I really didn't know (or probably just don't remember my secondary school biology 😑...) that a full term of pregnancy is #40weeks. Nor did I know how common it is for first time mother's to go past their due date.
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People keep remarking that I must be SO ready to have this baby! But honestly I'm still enjoying this experience so much that I am savouring every kick and cherishing every silent moment with the baby still within.
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That's not to say my back isn't hurting and it isn't increasingly uncomfortable to do the most basic things, but for some reason I don't feel the need to rush this process, and I simultaneously feel the surreal air of expectation surrounding me, like my life is about to change forever.
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#40weeks + 1 day = Immense Gratitude for the time that has passed since I learned I was pregnant, @wyattgallery 's consistent focus on keeping the baby and I healthy and at peace, my family's intent on looking after our imminent addition, my friends' non-stop attentiveness, and all of your love, encouragement, advice and guidance as I navigated something I really never knew could be so magical. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Seriously. To everyone. .
With so much love, Anya & Baby G 🙏🏼
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📷: @wyattgallery .
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