The Graco Monitor Girls & Communication, part 1

Brand new Graco bloggers Bridget and Lindsay are our hard-working “Monitor Girls.”  Both have different stories, but they share the same theme:  Communication.

 Lindsay Harry, R&D Engineer, 3 years with Graco

I’m a monitor engineer, so it seems logical that one of my top priorities is accommodating clear communication.  However, without kids of my own, I’ve been questioned as to how I can truly be passionate about a product that I’ve never even had a use for.

Communication is an overarching theme in my life not only because it is crucial for my job, but also because it’s developed the best relationship of my life with a US Army soldier. That relationship has taught me how soothing it is to hear someone’s voice – even from afar.  Seems to me that this is a perfect tie-in to what I do at work.

So, I am admittedly biased – but the Graco product I love most is the True Focus Digital Video Monitor. This monitor was actually developed with picture clarity and clear communication in mind and its development timeline had a personal connection to the events of my life.

My soldier, Dan, was deployed during much of the development process of this monitor, and pouring my heart into the product really kept me going through the stress, waiting, fear, loneliness, and anxiety. During the time Dan was gone, I usually got one 15-minute call every week or so.  Hearing his voice from Afghanistan made me understand how truly important it is to get the communication you need. Communication is reassuring.  Knowing that he was in constant danger, knowing that he was always fighting the enemy, and not knowing when I’d see him again was a terrible feeling – - but those 15 minutes of his voice made everything ok.

Dan and I talked a lot about my work while he was gone since he couldn’t tell me anything at all about where he was or what he was doing. The True Focus video monitor became a talking point, and I was excited that it shipped shortly after he got home so that he could see what I’d been rambling about.

True Focus is my Graco love.   As the events of my life intertwined with the development of that product, I was  really shown how important my job was – and how important it is to make great monitors so that parents can feel the reassurance they need by hearing their baby’s every sound.  I sure know how important it is to me to have that kind of reassurance.

Since Dan’s return, we still have to maintain close communication since we live two hours apart. There are lots of long phone calls and hours in the car. I wish the Army would move a base closer to a major city! Regardless, Dan and I are really looking forward to our future – and no matter how close or how far we are, we won’t forget the importance of good communication and how reassuring it can be… and I’ll continue to bring that passion to work every day.

Thank you, Lindsay, for sharing your story with us.  Check back soon to hear from Bridget (the other half of the Graco Monitor Girls team.) 

Now your turn: tell us about why you love your baby monitor; we know there are some great stories out there!  And, fess up: who has a preschooler… and still uses a monitor?  I know a certain Graco blogger (MP) who is with you :)

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4 Responses to “The Graco Monitor Girls & Communication, part 1”

  1. Melissa Jackson February 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Love this post Lindsay!

  2. Kristen February 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    We love our Graco monitors and all products for that matter!!! And yes, I will confess we do still have a video monitor in my 4.5 year olds room. He’s an asthmatic and it is so reassuring to know I can see even the tiniest of details on it, day or night, and know when he’s coughing or just breathing steady. I have a feeling we’ll swap the video with the regular monitor pretty soon as we make the big boy bed transition for my 2.5 year old. Knowing when they are in bed or out of bed makes a world of difference for praise and consistency.

    Hope you get to see that Army man of yours soon… bless you and your family for your service and protection to our country!! Thank you for all that you and your soldier do.

  3. Kate Sundy-Hong February 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Lindsay – I loved your story… thank you. And as for my monitor story? I love nothing more than hearing Gracie wake up in the morning talking to her babies & playing… thank goodness for my video monitor (the TrueFocus, in fact!) that gives me the ability to watch her in action.

  4. Megan February 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    I’m so excited to see your name on here, Lindsay! What a great story! As for me, other than at one time designing monitors…I don’t personally use them (no kids). But now I’m thinking it might be a fun way to keep an eye on my dog :)