This Has Nothing To Do With Today’s Post, But . . .
Have you ever been to a party where the hostess disappears into the kitchen and never returns? And your thinking “Why am I here? And where’s the food???“
If you’ve been feeling that way around here, maybe it will help to know it’s temporary. I’m whipping up something in the back and it’s taking most of the time that I normally have to write, so my contributions have been on the lean side lately. No worries, I’ll be back to the party soon. And no, it’s not babypotamus 3.0, but that’s all you’re getting out of me.
Speaking of surprises, I LOVE them. Specifically, I love the kind where you puke and sweat and push with all your might and then someone shouts “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” Hopefully not both unless you have twins, though.
I haven’t always loved surprises. There was that time I came home from the gym and peeled off my sweaty shirt only to have about 30 people jump out and yell SURPRISE!!! Uh, yeah, happy birthday to me. (I did have a sports bra on!) And there was that other time that, oh wait, I don’t think I have the courage to go on with that one.
Needless to say, the virtues of planning are not lost on me, so I always thought that when I got pregnant we’d find out the gender. Then I ran across some scary studies about ultrasounds and we changed our minds.
I’m so glad we did, because not finding out reintroduced me to the fun of surprises. Apparently a lot of other people feel that way, too, because these days lots of parents are opting out of the standard 20 week unveiling.
Being surprised at birth is no biggie for a mom like me (we co-sleep so there’s no nursery to decorate). There is this one problem, though . . . most gender neutral stuff is awful. Not all of it, but unless you’re okay with 10,000 yellow ducks parading around your house on jammies, blankets, and all the other stuff that comes with babies you are going to need some gender specific stuff. If you decide to be surprised collecting that stuff after baby arrives is a HUGE hassle. I should know.
When Katie was just one day old I send Daddypotamus out for something pink. He came back with bow and an unidentifiable piece of clothing covered in taggies. Long story short, Katie went naked for the first few weeks of her life until I could get out of the house and shop properly for her.
What, You Want Your Baby To Wear CLOTHES???
Then I suggest you register at Not Finding Out!! This online boutique is THE place to register if you’re letting gender be a surprise . . . or even if you’re not cause they have super cute stuff. But back to the original scenario: Let’s say you want a cute cuddly hat for your newborn (I know more hats! I need an intervention!!). Should you go with the butterfly or the dog? That’s rhetorical, of course, because you don’t know. No problem, just select the NFO (not finding out) option. Once baby arrives all you have to do is call their hotline with the news and they will OVERNIGHT baby’s hat along with all your other goodies!
As an eco-conscious, crunchy mom I rarely find items I consider worth purchasing at places like Babies R Us, so when Calley from Not Finding Out contacted me I was over the moon excited by their selection of truly useful gifts: moby wraps, diapees and wipees for you cloth diapering mamas, BPA-free Klean Kanteen sippy cups, Earth Mama Angel Baby body care, even Sophie the Giraffe.
Want to try some of these items out? Good, because Not Finding Out is giving away an incredibly generous gift package of fun products for a girl or a boy (your choice)!! Clockwise from left we have a boppy slipcover in pink or blue ($20), Aiden + Anais Towel and Washcloth Set ($30), Organic Moby Wrap in coconut ($60), Maison Chic Giraffe or Brown Monkey ($20), Babylegs in Touchdown or Flower Mill($14) and a Grobag Swaddling Wrap in pink or blue polka dots($22). If you are doing the math in your head yes that is over $165 in products!!
If you are pregnant or may become pregnant (does this sound like a prescription drug commercial or what?), please enter!! If you just KNOW someone who is pregnant you should enter, too! Even if none of these apply the very fact that you are reading a mommy blog means that SOMEONE you know is or will be pregnant soon, so enter for them. Or you could win and give it to me.
How to Enter the Contest…
Whether you’re entering for yourself or a friend, how about we make this contest useful for first time moms?
Leave a comment below recommending one MUST HAVE product all first moms should have but probably don’t know about. Maybe you figured it out by baby #3 and wish you’d known with #1. Now’s your chance to pay it forward.
If you’re a first time mom you can enter by just letting us know. No advice needed!
Want a second entry into the contest? Go to the Mommypotamus Facebook page and click the “Share” link to share today’s contest with all your friends. Leave a second comment and tell me you’ve shared this post on Facebook.
Entries will be accepted until Thursday January 27th at 10pm. Winner will be selected via Random.org and announced on Friday the 28th.
Thank you Not Finding Out for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!
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