Below is a note to you, from our own Kim Graham-Nye, president and co-founder of gDiapers.
Dear g Mamas and Pappas,
I wanted to write a note to all our amazing gPeeps and fill you in on what I have been up to these past few months. Back in January, Jason made a very difficult decision and he asked me to take a 6 month sabbatical away from gDiapers. This was hard for him to say. And harder for me to hear. gDiapers is my baby. I could never leave it. But he could see that the years of pressure, lack of sleep, and endless juggling between mum and company president had passed the point of just being unhealthy and were now truly destroying my spirit.
There were many tears from my side, along with feelings of anger, humiliation, and betrayal. Even in the midst of falling apart, it is crazy how hard we hold on to our patterns and illusions.
Years ago I worked the gDiapers booth at the Gentle Birth Expo in Portland, OR. I was very early into the pregnancy with my second child and was over-the-moon grateful that there would be a well-informed customer (gMum) there to chat it up with all the visiting parents and birth professionals. Stephanie arrived to the expo wearing her young baby and eager to talk g’s. Then she proceeded to rock the expo. Another baby and 4 years later and Steph continues to rock as the all-around Jillaroo for gDiapers.
“Hi, I’m Stephanie Terrell. I’m the Accounting Jillaroo here at g. I started at g back in 2008 shortly before my daughter turned one. What is a Jillaroo you ask? Well, Jason gave me that title and he explained it as being an Australian cowgirl. Fix fence, check. Cook dinner for 20, got it. Wrangle cows, done. Young girl in training to be awesome, yee-ha! I’ve done a little bit of everything here at g, and as you can probably guess I’ve landed squarely in Accounting/Finance. But I can still find you post-it’s, change your front door code or answer the random question that no one else can.
You may have already met. At a gTea. A tradeshow. A Ducks game. But if not …
Please say hello to
(There’s a lot to be learned about a person from an interview. But when you stick to a formula just for the sake of consistency, the opportunity for truth and genuine story-sharing dwindles. Michelle provided the interview answers as requested, but then I pushed her for more. Because anyone that knows Michelle in real life knows that T1D plays as big a role in her world as Tom Hanks’ role in Forrest Gump. And so that’s where we will begin our introduction.)
“My ultimate passion is my two boys, but honestly, whose children aren’t? Two years ago, however, my passion became much more specific as our world seemed to fall apart with Keagan’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis. It’s impossible to describe how it feels when hearing your child will never live a ‘normal’ life, forever a slave to medicine and health care. I can’t express in words the gut-wrenching pit and the sob that escaped my lips as we rushed off to an extended hospital stay. However, that time passed and we survived; just passing the two year-mark with his dia-birthday, a day we celebrate, instead of grieve, recognizing how far he (we) have all come.
Ever since conception, gDiapers has insisted that business and family can go together better. We’ve had onsite childcare from day one. It’s evolved with time, taking a different shape as the business has grown. But no matter the configuration, what it allows is a freedom for parents to have more time with their children, for nursing moms to conveniently feed their little ones, and for us all to be more interconnected. Here is just a sampling of some of our personal experiences.
“We started gDiapers 8 years ago with flex friendly policies at the fore. We were parents to brand new babies and there was simply no other way to run the company 10,000 miles away from home (Sydney) without permanent back up! We set up onsite day care, offered 4 weeks paid leave and 3 months paid maternity leave, along with the option to telecommute. Today we are moving to a model that moves people into work that is truly in their affinity, not just in their job description.”