I’ve been a mom for more than eight years, but I’m here to tell you, most days I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. The skills I honed in four years of having three kids, like becoming a master swaddler, soothing a colicky baby and finding a missing pacifier in the dark, would probably all feel foreign to me now since my youngest is now in preschool.
I entered motherhood a little like a newborn foal, wobbly and unsure, despite reading lots of books and even taking several classes. I can assure you, had I had the opportunity to attend an event like Bump, Baby & More when I was pregnant or my babies were still babies, I would have been first in line. Here are the things I wish I’d had access to that you can take advantage of this Saturday, Feb. 22 at Bump, Baby & More:
- Q & A sessions with local experts. We all have those questions about childbirth or caring for a newborn that we’re just not sure who to ask. Or perhaps Aunt Karen or neighbor Lisa have given their advice ad nauseum but you’d rather talk with someone with some general knowledge about the subject. I’m really thankful we’ll have an OB/GYN at Bump, Baby & More who will be talking about postpartum issues. I spent so much time researching what I’d need to know about a new baby that I didn’t even consider what I needed to know about myself after giving birth, and I wish I’d had more insight into the warning signs of postpartum depression. We’ll also have pediatricians on hand to talk life hacks for surviving baby’s first year, a fitness expert to talk about exercise during and after pregnancy, a chef talking baby and mom nutrition, plus much more!
- Prizes. Whether physically, emotionally, mentally or all three, the stress of waiting on a baby or caring for little people is immense some days. I said more times than I could count that there should be a prize or medal for mamas wrangling squalling newborns or tantrum-throwing toddlers to and from the doctor (at around 18 months, my oldest would yell “No doctor!” anytime we drove even near the vicinity of our pediatrician’s office). Mamas and mamas-to-be, here’s your chance for those prizes you deserve!!
- Discounts to local services. I don’t know about you but the words “swag bag” instantly make me feel a little hipper. Especially when I’m alternately getting giddy about discounts! The more kids I had, the more I love to save, so come early to get your swag bag, while supplies last, full of deals to local services we know moms need.
- Shopping for local baby products. Do I really need a baby swing? What is a Nosefrida (if you don’t know, please google for a giggle)? I assure you the products I never thought I’d use were the most likely to become my constant companions, and those I spent big bucks on I probably used sparingly. Chat with local vendors and other moms about which products you need and which you don’t. (P.S. the Nosefrida WAS a necessity in my household).
- Built-in mom tribe. The key to surviving motherhood with some of my sanity intact has been my girlfriends. Whether it’s been late-night texts about baby symptoms or a listening ear to commiserate about how hard it is to raise tiny humans, when other moms have rallied around me, I’ve felt less alone, more sure of my instincts and seen for all the little things I do every day. If you’ve already got a mom tribe, bring them with you, or make new friends at the expo who are in the same stage of life as you.
As a mom of older kids now, I’m especially looking forward to our NEW Cutest Baby Photo Contest! Bring those babies with you to have their photos taken by a professional. If you like to be first in line like me, join us for our special VIP Breakfast to meet metro mom celebrities and gain early access to those local baby products and shopping.
I can’t wait to see you at Bump, Baby & More! I promise not to be like Aunt Karen and accost you with advice, but I would love to officially welcome you to the best gig you’ll ever have in motherhood and to our mom tribe at MetroFamily.
Join us Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cole’s Community Center for Bump, Baby & More. Register early and save on admission: bumpbabyandmore.com.