This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Almost everything I know about being a mom is what my kids have taught me. Does that seem strange? I mean, you would think as the more experienced person (as opposed to kids with limited life experience, having just been born and all) – I’d have the answers. Instead, I’m looking to these sweet faces with as many questions as answers sometimes.
You parents know, parenting comes with a lot more questions than you would think. And while some things you can research or ask for advice about (What do I do about this diaper rash? When will those first teeth make an appearance?), many of the questions you really have are things your child will teach you about themselves.
Like… How will I know if I’m doing a good job as a mom?
Yeah. I’ve pondered that a lot more than I care to admit.
Parenting is tough. Not just because it’s a round-the-clock gig, but it tests you. You discover things you didn’t know were in you, and it’s your kids that bring them out in you. And for that, I want to say thank you to my daughter and my son – for teaching me what means to be a mom.
I had no idea that babies were born with a will as strong as yours. From day one, you knew what you wanted, and you weren’t shy about telling us. At just one day old, you were the loudest baby in the nursery. But you know what? That helped me to know what to do. I didn’t ever have to worry about when to feed you, to change you, to rock you, or when to let you sleep – because you helped me out and let me know just what to do. I relate well to the direct approach, and that’s 100% you! You and I are going to drive Daddy crazy, because we’re just alike once we’ve set our minds to something. And it cracks me up every time I see you follow my lead.
Your sister paved the way, so by the time you arrived, I wasn’t terrified about what to do with a baby. So thank you, thank you, for being such a happy and easygoing guy. You love to laugh and smile. You love just spending time together. You’re just like your Dad like that.
The number one thing that being a mother has taught me is to respect who you are, because it wasn’t until I met the both of you on that first day of your life that I understood that babies are born with distinct and recognizable personalities. So I am here to support you in being true to yourselves, and be the best you both can be. Because you sure bring that out in me.
So what does this all have to do with Pampers? Well, I think moms everywhere deserve to enjoy this time in their kids’ lives, of getting to know their kids, embracing their developing personalities, and just taking joy in the giggles. But for some moms, even having enough diapers for their kids is a financial burden. How stressful it must be. I think about how blessed I am to be able to enjoy my time with my kids without the basics on my mind. So Pampers has partnered with Feeding America, and they’ve made the commitment that for every view the following video gets, they will donate a diaper to a baby in need – up to a million diapers. So watch it, celebrate the mom-baby bond, and help out a mom in need.
Pampers has a special thank you for you, too! One Happy Hour Projects reader will win this “Thanks, Baby” prize pack! Worth $100, there’s a gift card to Target for setting up a family portrait, a silver photo frame, an activity book of games to play with your baby, and diapers and wipes, it’s a great celebration of your bond with your own little one. Just follow Pampers on Facebook and on Twitter, and Rafflecopter will walk you through the rest!
For more chances to win great Pampers goodies, join us for a Twitter party on May 8th, from 9pm-10pm EST. You can RSVP at this link: http://www.twtvite.com/thanksbaby. To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers. You can win any of the following prizes:
- 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $50 Sephora Gift Card
- 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card
- 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $100 Gallery Direct Gift Card
- 2 packs of Swaddlers and a BOB Revolution Jogging Stroller
($350) Stroller and FitBit Zip($50)
- RSVP: 2 packs of Swaddlers
So, what has parenting taught you, or what have you learned from the mothers in your life?