Graco Nation – Sharing a few thoughts for Parents-to-be

Next week, Graco will be announcing a new project we’ve been working on that will celebrate the incomparable experience of becoming a parent – for the first time.

One thing we know after being in the parenting business for over 50 years, is that parents love to  share experiences, stories and advice – especially to those with a bump and a bewildered look on their face!  And since it’s true, that some of the best advice for expectant parents come from other, experienced parents, we asked our great Graco Nation bloggers two questions.

Check out their informative and heartwarming responses below! We could all learn something from them :)

Kathleen from Katydid and Kid

“One of my favorite memories of being pregnant for the first time was when my son kicked for the first time on my wedding anniversary. The fluttering sensation was exciting and amazing.”

“I wish that I knew that babies don’t necessarily sleep wherever you want them to when I had my first child. My son hated the bassinet or anyplace that wasn’t mama or papa’s arms.”

Courtney- Pennsylvania

One of my favorite memories of being pregnant for the first time was seeing and hearing our sons heartbeat for the first time!

I wish that I knew really how hard recovering from a c-section would be when I had my first child.

Candice from Most Traveled Mom

One of my favorite memories of being pregnant for the first time was that for the first time in my life I felt beautiful! I loved the sweet smiles I got from complete strangers.

I wish that I knew that I didn’t have to change my newborn’s diaper every single time he woke up (which was about every hour or so) when I had my first child.

Jen at Sprite’s Keeper

One of my favorite memories of being pregnant for the first time was feeling the baby move.

I wish I knew that reading the books and preparing meant nothing when faced with my first crisis when I had my first child.

Stacy at Laptop TV Mom

One of my favorite memories of being pregnant for the first time was seeing an elbow poking me from inside my belly!

I wish that I knew to buy Gripe Water for my baby’s tummy right away when I had my first child.

Tiffany at Lattes and Life

One of my favorite memories of being pregnant for the first time was feeling her move and singing to her. Since I didn’t have other children to tend to I had a lot of time to relax and bond with her while I was pregnant.

I wish that I knew about babywearing when I had my first child.

LisetteLiverpool, NY

One of my favorite memories of being pregnant for the first time was watching my belly grow knowing a life was inside me – simply unbelievable.

I wish I knew that it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on the numerous baby items it won’t make them smarter or happier, all you need is love! (And how tired I would be when I had my first child)

Kelly at Kingdom of Chaos

One of my favorite memories of being pregnant the first time was the first real kicks I felt. Movement makes it all real :) I absolutely loved everything about being pregnant and cherished each and every pregnancy.. By #3, I had learned to overlook the morning sickness and knew to really enjoy (as much as one can when you’re puking your guts out) every little movement, every kick, every elbow in the ribs… because it all goes so fast.

I wish that I knew how quickly time passes when you have a newborn when I had my first child. Sleepless nights tend to rob us of truly enjoying the newborn stage.

Kristen at Cutes, Scoots, the Colbmeister and Parkster

One of my favorite memories of expecting our first baby was keeping his gender a secret. We found out by accident (the spread eagle legs on the ultrasound kinda gave it away) that Colbmeister (“Fishy” as we called him in utero) was going to be a boy, but we decided to keep it a secret to the rest of our family. We pretended throughout the whole pregnancy that we didn’t know and played dumb when they kept trying to trick us and get us to slip that we knew. We continuously denied knowing what sex the baby was and still to this day most of our family and friends don’t even know that we knew!!! :) He was our little secret!

I wish I knew how fantastic and useful having a Moby Wrap would be when my first child was born. We had a front carrier with Colbmeister and used it pretty often, but when PJ was born he was too small to fit in it and thus I resorted to buying a Moby. It was a must to have the opportunity to be handsfree when I had a 2 yr old and a newborn needing me at the same time. It has proved its worth ten times over if not more. PJ has nursed in it, slept in it, and been everywhere imaginable! in it. (I wrote a post on my blog about it here)  Still, almost a year later, if he could talk I think he’d say it’s definitely his favorite place to be. I really wish I’d had the opportunity to experience this type of babywearing with Colbster!

Tune in next week for more information about our exciting new project!  And thanks again Graco Nation!

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2 Responses to “Graco Nation – Sharing a few thoughts for Parents-to-be”

  1. Get Pregnant June 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Without a doubt, holding my daughter for the very first time. Then, of course, she pooped on me! LOL!

  2. Mary@Everyday Baby Steps June 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    These are definitely some sweet memories. What a great way to share with others experiencing it all for the first time!

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