Category Archives: Life Story

A Baby in the City?

What happens when a fun loving city gal in her mid 30’s and her husband of five years finally get pregnant? They realize they know absolutely nothing about raising a child and do everything they can to plan and prepare; which is why I am now talking to you fine folks.

Hi my name is Kelly, and I am expecting my first child this August. Luckily, I’ve been working at Walmart.com for the past year and a half which has afforded me this amazing opportunity to contribute to the baby buzz blog. I’m very excited to share my experiences with the community, but more importantly, I could really use your thoughts and advice as my only experience to date comes from a half dozen baby books and some advice from friends. Not only am I a new mom, but it has been almost 20 years since I attempted to change a diaper and without your help I might possibly diaper the wrong end.

Not only are my husband and I new to the world of child rearing but as city dwellers we have other things we need to consider as well. First living in the city can be expensive and with a kid on the way my husband and I are trying to optimize our budget buy eating out less, comparing prices as well as cutting out “nice to haves”. Secondly city living generally doesn’t provide as much space as the suburbs therefore we need to be smart about the products we purchase in order to maximize our living space. We enjoy living in a busy city because it allows us to be close to work and only blocks from a grocery store. However since both my husband and I were raised in suburban households we are still struggling to envision what it looks like to raise a child in a multi-unit building without a yard not to mention the fact that our child will probably never be able to walk to and from school.

I am doing my best to be a smart shopper not only to save money but to do my part to save the planet by conserving resources. Even though I am sure I won’t be able to resist every adorable baby item for sale in the retail stores I am hopeful that I can secure several good items second hand from the web or friends.

Even though dogs outnumber kids in San Francisco I still have to believe that it will be an amazing place to raise a child (once I know what I am doing). I can’t wait to hear your advice as well as answer your questions as I prepare for this important journey.

Kelly Tirman works at Walmart.com in the Creative Team. In her free time she blogs at kellytirman.com where she shares creative ideas, recipes and reviews that help people make smart decisions on how to spend their time & money. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and is expecting her first child in August. She can be found on Twitter at Twitter.com/KellyTirman.

Note: Originally posted on Walmart’s Baby Buzz Blog on 3/9/2009.

The Motrin Ad that Twitter Killed

This weekend Twitter was a buzz with upset consumers over the “Mortin ad”. Even as I write this on Monday morning the two top trending topics on Twitter search are Motrin and Motrinmoms.

The advertisement reads as follows:

Wearing your baby seems to be in fashion.
I mean, in theory it’s a great idea.
There’s the front baby carrier, sling, schwing, wrap, pouch.
And who knows what else they’ve come up with. Wear your baby on your side, your front, go hands free.
Supposedly
, it’s a real bonding experience.
They say that babies carried close to the bod tend to cry less than others.
But what about me? Do moms that wear their babies cry more than those who don’t?
I sure do!
These things put a ton of strain on your back, your neck, your shoulders. Did I mention your back?!
I mean, I’ll put up with the pain because it’s a good kind of pain; it’s for my kid.
Plus, it totally makes me look like an official mom.
And so if I look tired and crazy, people will understand why.
Motrin – We feel your pain.

I am not a mother (yet) and even I found the advertisement to be in poor taste. Although many are debating if the advertisement is offensive or not most people can agree that it is tacky. I for one am happy to see that the people at McNeil Consumer Healthcare are taking the backlash seriously and will be pulling the advertisement:

McNeil Consumer Healthcare Responds to Amy Gates, Crunchy Domestic Goddess. Amy posted the email:

Dear Amy –

I am the Vice President of Marketing for McNeil Consumer Healthcare. I have responsibility for the Motrin Brand, and am responding to concerns about recent advertising on our website. I am, myself, a mom of 3 daughters.

We certainly did not mean to offend moms through our advertising. Instead, we had intended to demonstrate genuine sympathy and appreciation for all that parents do for their babies. We believe deeply that moms know best and we sincerely apologize for disappointing you. Please know that we take your feedback seriously and will take swift action with regard to this ad. We are in process of removing it from our website. It will take longer, unfortunately, for it to be removed from magazine print as it is currently on newstands and in distribution.

-Kathy

 

Kathy Widmer
VP of Marketing – Pain, Pediatrics, GI, Specialty
McNeil Consumer Healthcare

Note to Motrin: Check out what @ComcastCares has been doing via Twitter; you might want to implement something along the same lines. I have a feeling this would not have blown up the way it did if there was human face that was able to engage consumers prior to the Twitterstorm starting.

Update: Babywearing international sent a response to concerning the Motrin mom-alogue campagin that I feel sums up the issues nicely. Motrin has also posted an Apology on their website.

Motrin Apology
Motrin Apology

It has Been a Long Time.

I have to admit I never thought I would blog again. Don’t get me wrong I wanted to; matter of fact less than two years ago I even talked to Clay Newton about it. Hell, I even got so jazzed that I set up a Vox account and then… (fizzle). I never posted a single thing. At that time I convinced myself that I didn’t need to “blog” mostly because I remembered all the very good reasons I stopped blogging in the first place:

  1. My family hated me: it not a good idea to talk trash about your family on your blog; especially if you are young, stupid and rude. Believe it or not you may hurt your mom’s feeling and seriously regret what you wrote later.
  2. No one would date me: sure at first it might sound like a turn on to have your love life read like a soap opera but guys have sensitive egos and remember I was young, stupid and rude.
  3. I am not a good writer: although I have always hoped to improve this weakness I haven’t; so go ahead grammar queens don’t hold back feel free to call out all the typos and improper usage in the nice “comment” section.
  4. It just took too much freakin’ time: It did! Back in the day we didn’t have this fancy blog software. Hell it wasn’t even called a blog; we called it a website and we actually had to know HTML.

So less than two years ago; I decided I would feed my social bug via Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. This had suited me just fine until last Friday when the company I work for launched www.elevenmoms.com. As a result, I spent the entire weekend reading mommy/daddy blogs and suprised myself by finding a wealth of information I had been craving.

So here I go again – attempting to blog. Now that I am married (five years this month) and trying to start a family; I hope to no longer be stupid or rude (young is another story).