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The Common Thread // Erica

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The Common Thread. A Sakura Bloom photo documentary celebrating the commonalities that we share through the capture of what makes us unique.

We are excited today to introduce @laughing.moon Erica Osler, as photographed by @milkandhannahphoto.

Name: Erica Marie-Lucille Osler (nee Andrews)

Kids + Ages: Freedom Cassady (15), Forest Aubrey (11), Vera Garcia-Lucille (5), Cian Alan (3), and last but not least Silas Lumen Ambrose (4.5 months)

Where you live: I live way out in the country on an 85-acre farm surrounded by lush rolling hills about a 30-minute drive outside of Athens, Ohio.

What is unique about the wall you're standing in front of: I adore this wall and the soul responsible for its awesomeness. Athens is home to Ohio University which is, lucky for us, the home of Professor of Emeritus AEthelred Eldridge. The art of AE is scattered across campus but this wall has stood the test of time, staying preserved through the curiosity and admiration of the students of OU. This past year he work has been updated and refreshed, with new images added. The wall is close to 30ft tall and 20ft wide, it's pretty amazing.

Currently I spend 80 % of my time: mothering, wiping noses, and cleaning and 20% of my time: holding space at births and attending prenatals/postpartums.

The strangest thing I ever discovered in the bottom of my sling was: a baby praying mantis catching a ride with my son Cian. Luckily it was before his fear of bugs emerged.

When I'm celebrating, you'll find me eating: chocolate, always chocolate and drinking: a local wine produced by Shade Winery, Pink Catawba.

If I could have any superpower, it would be: Oh, I'd have to say teleportation, there are so many places I want to go and not enough time or money. Or I guess the ability to sprout an extra arm when needed would be pretty nifty, that sure would make motherhood a tad easier.

Making pancakes on the weekend, I'm listening to: the giggling of children (or maybe the screaming), the babbling of a babe against chest, teenagers joking, roosters crowing, and my husband snoring. The music of a full house.

If I got pulled over for speeding, I'd most likely be listening to: so depends on the mood, but often I am tuned into some Pandora station. Most often it's on My Sean Hayes or Spoon station.

If I could spend a month making the world a better place, I'd: I feel like Ms. America answering this hmm... the world is so big and I feel so small. Okay, I know. I would start our honeybee hives. The world needs more honeybees. Or I would talk to the world about the importance of love, of touch, of being connected to one another. Kinda of like a global TED talk.

The most inspiring Instagram feed to follow is: Since I'm a complete birth nerd, I am going to say @birthofamama. This feed is always full of inspiring and empowering images complete with wonderful facts and information!

My top tip for a new parent: Always, always trust yourself. You know better than anyone. Be kind to yourself too! Oh, and babywear! For real!

My favorite book recommendation: Fiction: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. Non-Fiction: The Female Brain and The Male Brain (2 books!) by Louann Brizendine

If I could only have one Sakura Bloom on a desert island, I'd have: this question so isn't fair. I am going to choose a sling I already own instead of one I don't have. An essential driftwood/mint (and why): cuz it's a beast of a sling and I could wash it easily. But goodness a silk would be pretty nice on an island.

If you get me talking about: Our societal view of women and birth you might as well cancel the rest of your day.

The name of my memoir would be: The Voices of Moon.

The top item on my bucket list is: I don't have one yet! But let's pretend I do, I'd have to say to visit Machu Picchu.

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, I'd choose: Wow, this is hard. I think I'd choose India!

Thank you so much for joining us for The Common Thread!

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