I’ve put together this (non-traditional) New Mommy Gift Basket as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars and Poise® Microliners with SAM. All stories, photos, and opinions are my own. Well, except for some of the jokes. I got those from friends on Facebook. #LifesLittleLeaks
I have this friend, Miss E, who I’ve told you about before. If you remember, she and I became close friends when we met in college and then her fiancé passed away suddenly. Well, I’ve been with her on a great journey since that day when she strong-armed me into being her friend. I’ve seen her grieve and I’ve seen her celebrate. I was there when she started a new relationship and I was in her wedding when she married the most amazing man. She was in my wedding and was there when Benjamin came into this world. I brought Benjamin along when she graduated with her Master’s degree and at that time she told me that she never thought she would have children. She told me that the weekend that I brought my boy along convinced her that she could probably do this whole mommy thing and it was at that time that she and her husband began talking about having children. Last month, she gave birth to her first baby girl…and I missed it. My life has been crazy lately and the stars just haven’t aligned yet for me to go meet her baby girl. I made her a Diaper Owl and I haven’t even had the chance to give it to her yet! Now, it’s time for me to put together a Christmas present for her and I decided to make this (non-traditional) New Mommy Gift Basket to send to her (with the Diaper Owl, of course) in case it is just a little longer until I see her.
Now, you may be wondering why I chose to go non-traditional with the gift basket. Well, it’s because Miss E has a million people in her life and it has already been a month since she gave birth, plus we have a non-traditional type of friendship, so I decided she probably already had the nipple cream and the huge sanitary napkins and the “pamper herself” type of things that come in a typical gift basket. I decided to play on our hilarious friendship and give her a fun and laughter-invoking gift basket.
I included a couple of photo frames (one that says Family so she can frame some of her newborn family photos), a journal so she can start writing down all the “firsts” that Baby A will have (she just had her first smile!), a hilarious book by Amy Poehler, some Kleenex for when she’s having one of those mommy moments and crying her eyes out, and Brides Maids (of course) because (a) it’s a hilarious movie, (b) she and I were bridesmaids in each others weddings, and (c) she needs a good chick flick to watch and unwind while Baby A is sleeping (hopefully).
And just because this basket is so hilarious, I figure Miss E is going to be laughing so hard at times that she may need the ultimate secret weapon for new moms – Poise® Microliners with SAM (Super Absorbent Material). Seriously, my mom never told me this little secret about being a new mom (or the mom of a 6 year old, ahem). After giving birth, things change in your body. I’m talking about Light Bladder Leakage (LBL). Mine started when I was still pregnant and has continued to this day. Anytime I sneeze or laugh or cough or sit for too long or drink too much caffeine or water…it just happens. I leak. Sometimes even more than just a little leak. It’s one of those things that just comes with the territory…and I’m sorry it took me so long to tell her about this little secret. We need to start this conversation early and take away the taboo! I mean, seriously, it happens to us all at one time or another and what’s more embarassing – having a small, discreet, thin pad on or peeing yourself in public?!
Why Poise, you ask? Well, I have found that Poise Microliners are thin and super absorbent. I can go about my day without feeling like I’m wearing a diaper (or a sanitary napkin) and it just moves along with me. One in three women experience LBL and this can be triggered by daily activities, like coughing, sneezing, and even exercise. Poise Microliners are just a simple tool to help us all deal with life’s little leaks.
Now that I’ve told you all about this (non-traditional) New Mommy Gift Basket, I had better get it in the mail before Miss E sees it on the blog and I ruin my surprise!