Friday, May 2, 2014

I'm Inspired by Pampers to Say "Thanks, Baby" to Both of My Children {$75 Target Gift Card Prize Pack Giveaway!}

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With Mother's Day quickly approaching, the focus tends to center on finding the right gifts, cards, flowers and more to show Mom just how much she is loved, right?

And, while I'm sure that each and every one selected is appreciated, it's really the thought behind it all that matters most to Mom. After all, it is undeniable that there is a incomparable bond between Mom and Baby — it takes the birth of her baby before Mom becomes a mom and her life will never be the same!

In celebration of this amazing event and the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day, Pampers has put together an incredible video thanking Baby for the life-changing love they give every day. Highlighting the wonderful and sometimes unexpected things Mom learns from Baby on the journey of motherhood, you're not going to want to miss a single second of this...

But, wait! As well as the touching, heartwarming message, every view that this #ThanksBaby video receives between May 2nd and May 25th will result in Pampers donating one diaper to Feeding America (up to one million diapers)!

PRESS PLAY!


Dear Big Sister E and Little Sister B,

Although I did exist before you two were born, I'm not wholly convinced that it wasn't a completely separate lifetime than after you arrived. How is it possible that there was a time that you weren't around? That my understanding of Elizabeth Stone's quote...
"Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
...would not only happen once, but twice?

No matter how much I learned in my years before becoming a mother, the two of you have taught me an immeasurable number of lessons about life. I'd never be able to list them all, of course (who knew that eating the frozen peas while they were still frozen would be better?), but the five that come to mind first are:

There is more than one way to do things. As adults, we think that we have all the answers (or can Google them, at least) and know all of the best ways of doing things. But from the time you were babies, you showed me that everything from making homemade baby food to taking a walk to the park can be done differently. And that's okay. Be flexible!

creative kids

Forgive and forget. If anyone can teach me about not holding a grudge, it's the two of you. No matter what the situation or how offended you may have been (usually at each other), you're able to bounce back to being perfectly happy and content a minute later. Would I be much happier if I could move on just as quickly? Absolutely.

Love people for who they are. One thing that has always amazed me is the way that the two of you can make friends with anyone, anywhere. Boys, girls, younger, older, every possible race, it doesn't matter, there is no judgement. Child you've never met in the sandbox? Two minutes in and you'll be laughing and building together as if you've known each other for years. New kid has transferred into your class? Instant BFF's.

large sandbox

Who cares what people think? Seeing the two of you grasp life with both hands, use your imaginations and make the best out of any situation no matter what has always inspired me. Why waste time and energy worrying if I'll look silly or what other people think when I should be confident in myself? Besides, it's much more fun to pretend that there are alligators dressed up as old ladies while waiting at the bus stop instead of just standing there!

Love and laughter truly is the best medicine. No matter what kind of mood you two are in, all it takes is a pointless knock-knock joke, a crazy face or even the merest hint of a burp or fart, and you two convulse in giggles. Laughter has a way of connecting us and bringing light to any situation, so if we all stopped taking every single thing quite so seriously, the world would be a happier place!

happy sisters

Bonus #6: Patience. You both know that this one is a work in progress and a continuing struggle of mine. How is it possible that the people that mean the most to us are the ones that frustrate us so much more than anyone else? It takes so much more patience to be a parent than I ever could have imagined, but you know what? You're both so, so, so worth it.

When a baby is born, a mother is born and, my darling Big Sister E and Little Sister B, you two have made the past 7½ of motherhood more remarkable, memorable and completely exceptional than I ever could have dreamed. Thank you both for everything you've taught me. You're my heart, you're my soul, you're my everything.

Love, Mama



Ready to talk even more about the amazing bond between mothers and babies? And win prizes at the same time? Then join in the #ThanksBaby Twitter Party!

When: Thursday, May 8th at 9pm EST (that's 8pm CST and 6pm PST).

Where: #ThanksBaby

Hosts: @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca, @AngieKcom, @WhatMommiesNeed, @RamblingChick and party sponsor @Pampers.

Prizes include:
  • 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)
Find out more and RSVP here!

I hope that you'll join this great Twitter Party next Thursday so that you can talk even more about the incredible lessons that babies everywhere are teaching us daily (and hopefully take home a great prize at the same time)!

In the meantime, be sure to visit Pampers.com to find out more about all of their high quality products, as well as connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be ready to celebrate the special bond with their children as well, because...

One lucky person will win a "Thanks, Baby" Prize Pack*
from Pampers (ARV $100)!

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*Prize Pack includes a $75 Target gift card, Pampers size 5 diapers, Pampers Wipes, a silver picture frame and a Gymboree Baby Play book.


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.

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Lisa Brown said...

I learned patience; you must have patience when having children.

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Lisa Edwards said...

To listen to them with an open heart and open mind.

Mami2jcn said...

I learned to accept the things I cannot change.

Mendy Dinsmore said...

I have learned to watch what I say. Little ears often repeat things they shouldn't.
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Sara Wagner said...

I have learned to just let them be themselves. Some children are strong willed, and that's just their personality.

Janet W. said...

One lesson my children have taught me is to have patience and not let the little things bother me. Pick your battles!

steve weber said...

No kids, but the lesson would be to laugh and not rush things.

traci jarrett said...

patience is so important

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I have learned patience from my children.

Donice O said...

I have learned that great kids make great mom`s

Pink and Green Mom said...

I have learned to pause and think before I speak out of frustration.

Min K said...

better speak the truth

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I learned that everyone has different needs and needs different attention.

Amanda Sakovitz said...

I have learned to be patient!

Tiffany Schmidt said...

Expect the unexpected

Sarah Shelton said...

Ask yourself is it really worth the battle

Jessica A said...

Patience, it's so important to have lots of it with children! :)

Tammy S said...

I learned to not sweat the small stuff and to make every moment count.

Kelly Massman said...

I've learned that it is important not to jump to conclusions. I wish I had learned that when my son was a lot younger!

ide2678 said...

I've learned that they are not going to remember my clean house, so it's more important to enjoy them little and in my messy house because they will be grown before I know it.

Lorrie Mandanici said...

Love is unconditional!!!

JC said...

It doesn't have to be perfect, enjoy the the mess while you can.

Maureen said...

My kids have taught me to slow down and enjoy the little things in life!

Maureen
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bettycd said...

Kids teach us patience and joy at the small things.

Alexa said...

i've learned to be more patient.

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Daphne Turner said...

As a parent, one can try as one might to rear children the right way, but each child has a brain, a heart and a soul and one's parental influence can only go so far. But love those kids forever.

Thomas Murphy said...

I learned to have patience.

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Tammy Woodall said...

My kids taught me its okay to color outside the lines and color trees purple, red, yellow, blue, and pink, not just green.

peg42 said...

I've learned to let the little things go.

Courtney B said...

i've learned to love a lot more and not be selfish!

tawndam said...

I learned never pass up an opportunity to smile

Mysharona said...

Ive learned that kids have a great outlook on life

Anita Kennett said...

My son says that bood does not make family,it just keeps you alive.

janetfaye said...

I learned to act like a kid again and enjoy simple stuff, like looking at a tree or a bird or just blowing bubbles.

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Sandra VanHoey said...

I learned it is so important to just give them the time alone with you and to enjoy the little hugs and kisses you get because it doesn't take long and they think they are too big for them hugs and isses

Leah B said...

Always plan to be ready a half an hour earlier than you plan to leave! Getting out the door on time is impossible with a little one.

Shelly Peterson said...

One thing I have learned from them is to have patience and to enjoy them why you can because they grow up so fast

ellie said...

I learned not to wish away time. I used to say I couldn't wait until my boys were grown on days that they wouldn't stop fighting. Now they are grown and I'd give anything to go back and relive those days again.

mummadear said...

From my kids, I have learned patience, love, and understanding are all things kids need to thrive.

Kimberly said...

We have a 17 year old daughter with Down Syndrome and Autism. She is non verbal. Bethany has taught us although she does not speak she does communicate.

Natalie said...

They help me appreciate the little things in life, such as a beautiful flower, nice sunset, or playing in the water.

Joanne said...

That they are their own persons. That we get to take care of them for the early years but they don't belong to us.

buzzd said...

To have fun and enjoy life.

Nicki Joseph said...

Enjoy the little things :)

lisamercy said...

i've learned to be more patient, because with boys, you have to be!

slehan said...

Pay attention! Live in the moment.
Thanks for the contest.

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Shauntea Crutcher said...

I've learned that it's stressful being a parent, but watching my children grow up and become productive adults makes it all worth it.

Dave said...

I have learned to not take things so serious and breathe before you react :)

emchelly77 said...

you can never give to many hugs! my kids are my wold and i hug them all the time!

aperry said...

I have learned to slow down and enjoy the moment.

rk said...

to forgive to the ultimate act of kindness

Elizabeth said...

Just enjoy the moment! Stop thinking about the next thing

Tracey said...

My children taught me patience and look for the small joys in life.
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heather baker said...

Patience is a must

Heather said...

I have learned to enjoy the simple things more.

abfantom said...

Motherhood has taught me how to be unselfish.

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kellyr78 said...

I have learned to be flexible and not get too disappointed about it. Plans can change at the last minute with kids.
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CarrieH said...

There are 10yrs between my daughters and I'm so much more relaxed with our youngest daughter. One can say it comes with age but I think it comes with realizing you don't have to be perfect and it's ok to not have all the answers.

Missy said...

I have learned flexibility. Plans change depending on mood and sometimes a trip to the park is just what everyone needs!

Growl Tiger said...

I learned to be more spontaneous because plans and toddlers just don't always mix.

Deb said...

I learned that the Brits probably had the right idea, after all.... that having a nursery wing and a nanny was actually a GREAT idea! LOL
The kids ruin so many things, wouldn't it be NICE to have a "child's wing" so your good stuff lasts generations, too?
And wouldn't it be nice to have a nanny, so they could just sit with a fussy one so you could actually clean your house?? haha Or, have maids?

Ashley Trail said...

That was an awesome post !!! Thank you for sharing because I feel the exact same way !!
I have learned that it's ok to love someone entirely and truly love who they are. My son has taught me so much he amazes me with his knowledge and generosity , exactly what I was hoping for. My situation is complicated but no matter what that little boy is full of love and he's happy. It's all good :) <3

Ashley Trail said...

That was an awesome post !!! Thank you for sharing because I feel the exact same way !!
I have learned that it's ok to love someone entirely and truly love who they are. My son has taught me so much he amazes me with his knowledge and generosity , exactly what I was hoping for. My situation is complicated but no matter what that little boy is full of love and he's happy. It's all good :) <3

jbmthill said...

I learned to not sweat the small stuff. I learned that having a clean house is not important, it should looked lived in and happy!
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Beth H

Heather said...

I always head you need patience, well lol, you do. Especially after the 100th why.

tat2gurlzrock said...

There is no such thing as race...we are all the same

BethElderton said...

I learned to pick my battles carefully and to follow the child rather than shove him in a pre-determined direction.
Mary Beth Elderton

Elle said...

I have learned that you must have patience, understanding and unlimited hugs!

annabee818 said...

I have learned what unconditional love is!
Carly D.

Gina Wildorchid said...

I have learned to take the time to teach my son throughout the day with all of the little life experiences that present themselves.

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Carolyn Daley said...

My nephew has taught me patience and creativity.

Katherine said...

I learned that nothing is more precious or important than the child my husband and I created

Karen Dwight said...

I have learned that children are always listening and will repeat the things you dont want them to repeat. Also, I have learned to always keep a sense of humor!

playswithclay said...

I learned to love unconditionally and to be endlessly patient.

Angela P said...

My children have taught me how to love unconditionally and also to appreciate the time you have because it goes by too quickly.

llinda29 said...

I learned how to enjoy the simple things in life

clc408 said...

My children have taught me patience above all.

Pixystik4U said...

i've learned to consistently be fascinated at the wonders this world has

Tammy Shelton said...

I have learned patience from my children & now grandchildren.

jim Rector said...

be happy

Barbara Rudy said...

They are often smarter than you are!

latanya t said...

knowing is half the battle

gambit78 said...

"When you knew better you did better"

Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

I have learned to be a little more patient and I have learned to just let some things be. LOL

Rebecca Orr said...

I have learned that I am just as important as my kiddos. I have learned that I also have to take time for myself occasionally to rechargeable no relax.

Linda said...

I have learned to have patience and learned to let some chores go and spend quality time with my children.
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Julie said...

I learned to be very patient ooh that was hard and I have also learned that there will be lots of messes I just clean and deal with it because one day she will be grown and I will miss the little messes..

sgumer said...

i have learned to live life to its fullest and to have as much fun as you can. it is great to laugh and smile and it makes you happy and a better person.

rlbouch said...

Patience.

puye said...

I learned to accept the things I cannot change.

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Aly said...

I've learned patience - children do things at their own pace, and, often, what I'm rushing around for isn't really that much of an emergency.

Cassandra Eastman said...

I have learned to slow down and enjoy every single day because they go by too fast!

Rebecca Graham said...

I learned not to sweat the small stuff.

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maye said...

Something I've learned from my children is to forgive when we offend is difficult but I would rather be like my baby when someone offends me forgive and move on!

Robin O said...

My children have taught me how powerful a teddy bear can be in healing wounds!

Denise S. said...

I've learned to accept that my kids aren't always going to be exactly what I want them to, but will be who they are.

Bebemiqui said...

I've learned more about myself and how much I have to learn, especially patience.

Lauren Smith said...

i have learned not to worry about the little things and enjoy every moment of life.

Francine said...

I have learned to be patient and also to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate the little things in life.

terry maigi said...

I have learned to appreciate even the smallest thing!

Allison Downes said...

I have learned to have more patience.

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virgomomwriter said...

I learned from my son that I can't take care of others unless I take care of myself. Thanks, Dylan!

B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons said...

Be silly. Soak it in. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

MaryAnn said...

My son has taught me not to hold onto grudges and forgive easily.

Crystal said...

I've learned patience for sure!

Unknown said...

I have learned unconditional love!

b291437a-7693-11e3-8098-000bcdcb2996 said...

I learned to be honest.

Zenetta Smith said...

I have learned that little children don't hold grudges with their friends.

Sara said...

Kids just do what they like, and don't care what anyone thinks!

Ashley said...

If you have some patience you will get a lot further.

3e4d100a-7802-11e3-8f93-000bcdcb5194 said...

I've learned to have lots of patience :)

MaryWithrow said...

I have learned they are all different, think different, react and play, learn and so uniquely loving - They have taught me patience and love

amry still said...

I have learned patience and consistence.

Rowell Reviews said...

I have learned that they are always listening, even when they seem to not be paying attention. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

CHRIS HOEY said...

I have found that patience pays

lissa crane said...

I have learned so many, but the cutest is that they take everything literally! Under age ten, you really have to watch what you say!

Brooke T said...

that tomorrow will be completely different

elfqueen98 said...

Patience is the first thing I was taught, learn that fast with little ones.

elfqueen98 said...

Patience is the first thing I was taught, learn that fast with little ones.

elfqueen98 said...

Patience is the first thing I was taught, learn that fast with little ones.

Deborah Gardner said...

Every new day means new opportunities for kids, that what I've learned! Thanks!

Candice said...

I have learned to have more patience and to relax more.

Amanda Healey said...

I've learned that patience is more important than I ever thought

maryjaco1 said...

Always be honest with them.

Menucha Citron said...

I've learned that true wealth is family and those we love

Tara said...

Watch what I say, because you never know who is listening!

scottsgal said...

I've learned unconditional love from my kids

Sarah MomE25 said...

I have learned to really listen.

corey1971 said...

The value of patience! (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

melissa stephens said...

My oldest he has autism and you learn so much about everything from having a special needs little boy. You learn patience that you never thought you had and acceptance and the importance of family and love you learn so much from kids. My son and my daughter have taught me so much! the list goes on.!

Helen Keeler said...

I learned to enjoy them while you can as time passes fast and then they are gone.

Kia89 said...

I have learned to let them be themselves.

wigget said...

they develop at their own pace and each one is different

Teresa Young said...

I've learned to just be still & listen.

Tara said...

Learning to Laugh at yourself...Laughter makes - ALMOST - everything better!

Kitty said...

I have learned that children are born with curiosity, and that is something we should seek to encourage.

ohhhfire said...

i have learned patience and unconditional love

nickieisis3 said...

i've learned to be more patient.

Gayle Gildehaus said...

I have learned what true love is.I have also learned that life goes by too quickly and we need to treasure every day that we have together.Life is precious and there are no promises for tomorrows .

Daniela Tapia said...

My Sophia, she's 7 years old and she has taught me many things! when I'm sad, she always tells me to be happy and don't cry because she loves me.

Candace Barrow said...

I have learned to enjoy the little things. He gets so happy and excited about everything.

Alexandra V. said...

Ive learned to have patience with my daughter and enjoy the time I have with her, and enjoy her being little.

April said...

I learned that it goes by too fast!

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I have learned patience, which is very difficult for me.

kyl neusch said...

that great kids make great mom`s

mkjmc said...

Toalways take time for some play

SHANNA ELIZABETH said...

Patience is so important and goes A LONG way! =)

PAIGE said...

I learned unconditional love!
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Kelly OMalley said...

I learned that life is beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Wes Hovorka said...

I learned to watch what I say and do. Kids do everything you do, even if it's bad.

Ingrid said...

I have learned patience and letting my children be themselves.

sohamolina said...

I learned to be more patient.

Some Lucky Dog said...

Raising my youngest son was a challenge! I learned to pick the important issues and let the others go...

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Jose Benavides said...

I have learned to love more and be patient with others

Susan Christy said...

That kids are wise beyond their years and have great compassion.

TheresaJenkins said...

I learned that being a MOM is a learning process in it's self...#1 thing is that each child is different and needs different thing form YOU

LIDARKSIDE said...

I learned patience from our children.

RICHARD HICKS said...

I learned to have a ton of patience for sure!

bbrittbrat1398 said...

Sometimes you have to just go with the flow, cause things don't always go as planned.
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Christine Jessamine said...

I have learned alot more patience, love and understanding

Velder Dixon said...

love the diaper all

M Clark said...

I have learned to be more patient and understanding.

Jennifer Lachman said...

I've learned to savor every moment because they grow so quickly.

Wendi S said...

From my special needs son, I learned that having a meaningful, happy life doesn't always mean going to college and succeeding financially. Parents really want their children to be happy and that means different things for different children.

nicolesender said...

I've learned to enjoy and treasure every moment.

sweepmom said...

My boys are very different. They have taught me to appreciate and celebrate the uniqueness in each person.

Stacy said...

I learned to never lose my sense of wonder.

Laura said...

My kids have taught me to trust my instincts, always.

Tamar said...

I have learned the importance of patience.

Jennifer T. said...

I have learned that snuggling always trumps housecleaning.

Leisa Wooten said...

Don't sweat the small stuff!

Leisa Wooten said...

Don't sweat the small stuff!

Beth w said...

I learned a lot of patience and that I'm capable of anything.

Helga said...

My nephew taught me to be a kid!

Ledford Land said...

Stop and smell the roses! (I'm always in a hurry and my daughter just takes her sweet time and takes it all in. Learning to be more like her in that way) :)

Jessica Ledford
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The Lady Prefers Paris said...

Patience and love. Theladypreferstosave@gmail.com, http://thel;adyprefers2save.com

jlee said...

I learned that everything doesn't have to be perfect and to slow down and enjoy life!

Selinda said...

To enjoy the little things!

THanks,

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Kelley Chapman said...

I learned not to postpone fun.

Tracy Iglesias said...

As a former Special Education Teacher, I learn from the children in my life everyday. I learn not to make mountains out of molehills. I learn it's better to see a friend in every single person you meet than to live in fear and mistrust, and that sharing always brings many rewards!

mecarolks said...

I learned you can't control other people.

Mrs. Rogers said...

Good things come to those who wait - patiently.

Celeste Rushinsky said...

I learned, there is a time to dicipline, but many more opportunities to listen as well.

Barbara Montag said...

I've learned to be a better listener and to trust my own judgment.
thank you

wen budro said...

I learned to live in the moment.

Barbara Montag said...

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auntietina said...

Sometimes it's okay to just stop and play in the dirt for no reason at all. :)

polly said...

I've learned to see things through a child's eyes. Our 5 year old grandson has opened our world. Now we also have his 9 month old brother who is a sweet boy & look forward to the many moments we have ahead. There is nothing better than being a grandparent! Love those boys & the joy they bring us every week!

steve stone said...

I have learned that play is important. you are never too old to have fun.

Kristy Thiel said...

They have taught me how to have joy in every day!

Kathy Detweiler said...

I've learned to look at things with fresh wonder, as my children use to do.

Amanda Temple said...

Mine have taught me to let the little things go. If he isn't in danger, I don't mind him exploring our house and surroundings!

caseyle2010 said...

i learned how to be more patient!
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Sandyjade V said...

I used to be a clean freak but since becoming a mom I have let things slide. More important things to worry about.

Lesley said...

I have learned that family comes before anything else!

matope said...

my 2 year old teaches me how to look at life through someone elses eyes every day. being 2 isnt easy. it helps to understand how he sees things!

Ruthies blog said...

Enjoy the ride. Hard, easy, I can choose to be thankful and have joy.

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