Those who know me, know that I'm hardly at a loss of words. Usually, I find it easy to write about anything, or chew your ear off, about all sorts of useful and useless information. For whatever reason, I guess the topic, Baby Planning, is such a diversified one that I just don't know where to begin. I suppose I will just have to forget about the possibility that I am going to cover it all entirely in this first article and begin by telling you a little about myself, why I am the expert and how I got here.
I am a mother, which in itself makes me an expert! Having gone though all the things to get to the LDR (Labor & Delivery Room) is the hard part, believe me. If you think I knew the difference between an infant car seat, a convertible car seat and those strange looking booster seats, you're wrong. And ditto for the 4 in 1 Travel Systems and onesie / stretchy things. I didn't know the first thing about what my baby was going to need, but before long I found out, and also discovered along the way all the secrets of the baby registry mystery. I was so good at being pregnant, my husband told me time and time again. I loved reading and looking at all the latest and greatest things my baby "needed" and at the same time, enjoyed learning how to weed out all the things we didn't that took up space and wasted money.
I can tell you, from my own research, trial and error, not to mention other parent feedback I get, what you need, what you don't, and why. But seriously, planning for your baby is going to be so much fun, its never been work in my eyes. It's the greatest anticipation you can have of meeting and learning about this special someone, and knowing that soon when you look in their eyes, you can see inside them and they can see right back inside you. There is a bond and connection like no other in the world, plan on this, you're going to fall in love and big time. I suppose my passion for baby planning is because I know first hand how much planning and having my baby has changed my life.
I began my baby planning business when I was expecting my first child. I was known as the "go-to" person around the office to the other expecting parents for advice and information on anything and everything from car seats to what the pack for the trip to the hospital. There was a baby boom going on at that time, and when I returned from maternity leave, there was yet another dozen or so moms-to-be asking what they needed and they knew I loved helping them. I would figure out which convertible car seat we needed and then where to buy it for half the price. I noticed that when I would be shopping in the baby stores I would feel compelled to interject, after eavesdropping on a conversation which reminded me of myself a year or so earlier regarding strollers or bath seats, etc. I would always offer my unsolicited advice and comments and get either the reaction of "Who is this crazy lady?" or "WOW Can I borrow you the next 9 months? I'm so confused". I seriously started to think that if there were wedding planners, then why not baby planners, especially since planning for a baby, in my eyes, was much more important and difficult then figuring out which color linens or flowers to choose.
I am so excited to be here and would like to take a moment to thank the great people at Long Island.com for the opportunity they have given me to cover all sorts of things you might have been wondering about, or perhaps didn't necessarily know you should be!