November 17th is World Prematurity Day, honouring premature infants and the people who give them a fighting chance!
With one son induced three weeks early and the other four days late, we were lucky—parenting is stressful enough with a full-term baby! So I can’t imagine the struggles those dealing with premature childbirth go through—the days… weeks spent waiting to take that baby home. Advances in medical science help babies survive younger and smaller than ever before, so parents need a special kind of help to make it through this critical period in their baby’s development!
Which is why Pampers introduced their Preemie Size P-3 diapers, three times smaller than newborn diapers to meet the needs of premature babies!
With Father’s Day on the approach, I’ve found myself thinking about fatherhood and everything I’ve learned about this lifestyle so far. It’s far different now than it’s ever been before—when writing this post, I’d been thinking on what it must’ve been like to raise kids in 1916, and the colour of my skin notwithstanding, I’m pretty sure I much rather be the über-involved Dad expected of me today than the unemotional and detached fathers who were the norm of generations past.
It’s still something the world needs to get used to—the modern Dad’s been given the opportunity to rewrite the rule book and give everyone entirely new insights into what fathers can be. Now that we’re doing things like sharing parental leaves with our maternal counterparts and forming our own groups to discuss fatherhood and the emotional perils that come with it, it’s a new day as we strive to raise kids who’ll redefine parenthood for their generation.
But you don’t have to take my word for it—this Wednesday, June 15th, you can join me and a number of Dads across North America for Pampers’ #ThanksBaby Twitter Party for Father’s Day, where we can reflect on the laughs, challenges and incredible feelings that come with being a Dad! (And hey—with plenty of prizes available, including a $250 Visa gift card as the top takeaway, why would you want to miss it???)
The Pampers #ThanksBaby Twitter Party — Let’s Change the Conversation One Tweet at a Time!
Changing how the world sees Dads won’t happen overnight. The stories we know best all started as mere ideas and took root as people kept talking about them. You may see a Twitter Party with prizes—I see the opportunity to start shifting our expectations for the men we call Dads, and give them not only an equal share of the work needed to raise the kids of this world—but the awareness that they too play instrumental roles in developing the generation that’ll rock tomorrow.
I hope to see you there—I promise I’ll behave.
Until the next,
Disclaimer: I’m helping moderate this Twitter Party as a member of the Pampers Baby Panel, sharing news and information that’s been covering behinds (ha, ha) for over 50 years! You can hit Pampers up at their site for more information, such as their Rewards Program, and on social media over at Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
Eventually, when it’s the first of June and I look back at the May that was, I’ll likely wonder how the heck I managed to get through it all. Many of us fret over Mother’s Day and how to show proper appreciation for some of the most important women in our lives, but as fate would have it, we somehow decided it wise to pack Mother’s Day, Sarah’s birthday, our wedding anniversary—and this year, Sarah’s sister’s wedding—all into the same month! Mamma mia!
But I digress.
Busy month notwithstanding, I don’t know about you, but Moms are very important in my life. In a move I appreciate far more now that I’m older with kids of my own, my Dad sacrificed time with the family to work 14-hour days six times a week so he could put a roof over our heads. In a time long before the wealth of children’s programming we have now to watch over the kids of parents who have to work, this meant Mom would have to drop us off at pick us up from our Grandma’s house, who then would make sure we got to the bus so we could get to school. I’m the by-product of a strong network of women who made sure to feed, clothe and care for my brothers and I because they wanted a brighter future for their children that wouldn’t see them torn away from their families due to work.
And that’s exactly what I hope to cultivate for my boys. Sure—the sacrifices of my parents undoubtedly set the stage for a life where I’m afforded the time and energy to stay involved in my sons’ lives, but I’m wholly aware that there’re things I’m ill-equipped or simply unable to provide for them myself. The future I crave for my boys relies on the loving inputs of both their parents, and it all starts with choices made the moment they exit the womb.
Part of this master plan to raise amazing kids is keeping their rear ends safe from diaper rashes and their outfits free of leaks so they can start their lives as comfortably as possible. For that, you’ll regularly see Pampers on their booties, doing their job before, during and after those little accidents with both diapers and wipes to handle the business.
But I’d be selfish to keep the Pampers love to myself—as a member of the Pampers Baby Panel, I’m working with Procter & Gamble’s billion-dollar baby brand to share the good fortune with others, and one lucky winner’s walking away with a Pampers Prize Pack, filled with dipes, wipes and laundry detergent to get your kiddos on the right track! This contest is open to Canadians outside of Quebec aged 18+ and runs until May 30th @ 11:59 PM ET! Many will enter, but one will win—feel free to use the options for extra entries to increase your odds!
Mother’s Day the Pampers Way — Recognizing the Women Strong Enough to Make Us the People We Are Today.
Children are serious business, so we should take our parenting decisions seriously as well. My boys and I spent this past Mother’s Day weekend celebrating the women who’ve held us up, letting them know we couldn’t have made it this far without them. With lives as busy as the ones we have today, it’s too easy to take things for granted, but it’s imperative that our closest relationships aren’t one of them!
I hope the Moms out there all enjoyed their Mother’s Days, and may this prize go to a child who’d love to enjoy what a clean bum can do for them!
Until the next, I remain,
Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a compensated member of the Pampers Baby Panel, sharing news and knowledge about the brand with our diverse audiences!
You can feel free to visit the Pampers websiteto learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play!
While I’m obviously no expert (Y chromosomes pretty much exclude me from experiencing the… “miracle” (?) of childbirth first-hand), I’ve learned a lot about motherhood through everything I’ve seen Sarah go through in our nearly 3-year journey as parents so far.
As soon as that first baby hits the scene, they teach you how to grow, learn and love more than you ever thought possible. There’re plenty of moments when you don’t know where you’ll find the strength to make it through the day, but they’re balanced out by profound moments of happiness that’re hard to describe when you don’t have a little “you” to look after.
Pampers is celebrating more than 50 years of parents relying on their products to care for their babies’ happy, healthy development with a new #ThanksBaby video, capturing the moment when a baby’s born and perhaps the most unpredictable journey humanly possible starts its course. For me, though, even though I’m still figuring it out like I’m doing it for the first time each and every day, I can barely remember life before my boys, and with it this good, I’m okay with that.
So if you want to celebrate the Moms in your life—and maybe even win some sweet Pampers prizes in the process—why not join me with a cast of other North American influencer parents for Pampers’ #ThanksBaby Twitter Party on Wednesday, May 4th @ 9 PM EST? An RSVP is required before joining, so make sure you let us know well in advance if you plan to get in on the action! I look forward to seeing you there! ????
#ThanksBaby — Our Lives Wouldn’t be the Same Without You.
When a baby is born, a Mom is born, and that in itself is cause for celebration. The very act draws you into a world full of changes—you start with a little bundle devoid of words, but showering you with unconditional love as they make sense of the world around them, and though the journey ahead’s shaped by equal parts joy, challenges, and the emotions that come with the territory, I think many Moms—and parents in general agree that they wouldn’t trade it for the world.
See y’all Wednesday—if you’ve never done a Twitter party with me, I promise: you’re in for something else entirely.
Until the next, I remain,
Disclaimer: Pampers compensated me for this post and Twitter Party as the premier Dad (read: only Dad) of their Pampers Baby Panel, where we share stories of how Pampers products have made child rearing even a little bit easier.
On top hitting up the #ThanksBaby Twitter Party on Wednesday, May 4th, you can feel free to visit the Pampers websiteto learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play!
Here in early 2016, it’s a different kind of hustle than the one we saw closing 2015 out. In that last stretch, there was no end to the work on my plate, keeping me hustling at all hours to keep my blog on point. I had a list of things I wanted to get knocked out of the park before the year’s end, using every free moment I could find to hit my intense deadlines.
Now that it’s January, in some ways things are more relaxed — I mean, sure, any day now I’ll be racing to the hospital to welcome our second child into the world; and though I got a lot done in the weeks that just passed, there’s still plenty of unfinished business that’s followed me into 2016 — but I can hack away at my ideas gradually, taking my time to find the truth in my half-formed ramblings, not forcing square pegs into round holes and rush it all.
It’s giving me the time to build foundations, putting all the pieces in place so I can finish 2016 with a bang!
And this week was just another step towards that goal.