Disclosure: This is a sponsored partnership with Pampers. All opinions are 100% my own.
Mother’s Day is a day of celebration for moms. It’s a day to be with the ones you love and honor the women in your life who have guided you along in your journey and have always been there for you.
As you know, I have long had a partnership with Pampers throughout the years. I love what Pampers does for parents because they truly part of the core of essentials when it comes to caring for our babies. I’ve also always loved and cherished how Pampers does incredible things in the community with their products, funds and activations. They change lives and that for me is a priceless gift.
Pampers wants to be among the first to wish moms a Happy Mother’s Day this year. They know a mom’s job is never done… not always easy… or stress-free. But what I love about Pampers is that they are there for us along the way, which is beautiful. This Mother’s Day they will be talking to moms at a time when we have their attention, and likely no one else’s: the middle of the night.
As Pampers has gotten me excited for Mother’s Day and all that it means and brings me, I started to think about my very 1st Mother’s Day. I’m a seasoned mom now with (almost) 12 Mother’s Days under my belt, but that first one… it’s a special one.
May 8th, 2005 – my very first Mother’s Day.
My William was 8 months old and I was already 5 months pregnant with my second baby, whom… at that time I didn’t know was a baby boy. I was living in NYC at the time and was really excited to be celebrating my very 1st Mother’s Day with my son and baby-to-be. My husband was so cute that year, I remember that he had made brunch reservations for us at local spot near our apartment that I absolutely loved. It was one of those spots that was tough to get into on a Sunday, never mind a holiday… so he had called a couple weeks in advance to hold a spot for us. I don’t remember wanting much that very 1st Mother’s Day… just a morning to sleep in, a lazy day walking around NYC with my 2 favorite guys and made ice cream in the evening. This was my first Mother’s Day without celebrating with my own mom (she lived in Rhode Island), so I knew it was going to be a little different, but I was going to be with my own child, so it definitely made up for that feeling in my heart.
But what truly touched me the most about this Mother’s Day in particular was that nothing that weekend went as planned.
I remember being out at The Flame diner (on 9th and 57th) for breakfast that Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend with Matt and William. Out of nowhere Matt looked at me and said, “You want to be with your mom tomorrow, don’t you?”
The tears started to fall down my cheeks immediately.
Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes. I knew that he was so excited about the brunch reservations and making the weekend in NYC extra special for us, but I couldn’t deny him that simple truth. On my 1st Mother’s Day I wanted to be with my mom, too.
And so we went back to our apartment, packed a travel bag and took off to Rhode Island… just like that! My husband gave me the best gift of all that 1st year, the gift of celebrating with the woman who made me want to be a mom. The fun thing was that we ended up surprising my mom we didn’t tell her that we were coming “home” from NYC. My father took her out for the afternoon and when they arrived back to the house, we had William standing in the front yard to surprise her. The look on her face was priceless. I will never, ever forget that 1st Mother’s Day because it truly was so special to me.
Thank you Pampers for making allowing me to cherish those moments again, it means the world to me.
Pampers has also gifted me with $500 that I will be using to gift to moms in my area that are still up late with their own babies… even if those babies are a bit older, too. I’ve been up late for the last few nights with my son Ben who has Strep right now and it made me remember those nights of feedings and rockings and lullabies. A mom’s love is always there… for newborns, toddlers and even tweens and teens. I special blogger that I adore had a son experience a difficult medical situation last week. He’s been in the hospital ever since and she’s been there right with him. I would love to send something to her, too.
Pampers, as always, thank you for the gift of giving.
You are truly remarkable.