Last Sunday I got to go somewhere that warmed up all of my insides – a March of Dimes sponsored baby shower for military moms at the Boston Harbor Hotel. These are families that are on the move constantly with very little time to feel at home in one location. We all know how isolating being a new Mom can be; add on top of it not knowing where you might end up and it makes meeting other new moms even more of a challenge. What I saw at this baby shower was a chance for young Moms to connect, to learn about products that will keep their baby safe, and to be recognized for the sacrifice they make to our country. (Yup, warm fuzzys all over.)
I was a guest of Safety 1st’s in my partnership with them to help bring safe baby product awareness to everyday Moms. This is not an easy task. I’ve worked for years in the industry and some of it still scares me so I can’t imagine what it does to new moms without baby product knowledge or experience. At the shower, Safety 1st was on hand to walk families through their line of products, explaining things like the safe way to buckle your baby in a carseat, weight limits on a carseat, and other daunting “new-mom must-knows.” I loved being a part of it and representing a company that truly cares about the people they make products for.
Also, you guys – I got to sit next to Maria Stephanos from WCVB. If you’ve ever watched the news in Boston, you know who she is. She MC’ed the event and I loved listening to her speak. She was magnetic and charming. She spoke the blatant truth about Mommyhood. She told us she was 50-something and I choked on my croissant. She was a total spit fire who spit on me. (No really, she spit on my belly for good luck because apparently that’s what Greeks do to pregnant women.)
The giveaways were amazing. I bet Maria felt like Oprah. There were over 50 families there and each one of them got to bring home gifts like a Safety 1st travel system, a Phillips Avent breast pump, and a huge prize pack full of baby essentials just to name a few. My heart burst wide open for these ladies, I was so happy for them.
Oh, and one more thing – if you ever want to feel bad about yourself pose in a picture with the Boston Bruins wives (seriously, why did I do that?) On top of being gorgeous, they were so sweet – every single one of them. I exchanged pants secrets with the one on the right. Those will be mine in 9 months.
The March of Dimes with the help of great organizations like The Boston Bruins, Safety 1st, and Phillips Healthcare who truly put people first, helped to reinstate my faith in humankind. Keep your eyes open folks…there is good all around us.