Aquafresh "Mom Works Beyond" Giveaways (2 Winners) & Chance to be Entered into a $500 Walmart Shopping Spree (Closed)



Being a mom is often the most underestimated and unappreciated job, yet, it is so rewarding. There is something that drives us to continue to work overtime even when we don’t think we have anything left in us to give. We constantly go above and beyond to overcome the unique challenges life throws at us and have a magic way of wiping away teary faces, cleaning up scraped knees and finding your husband’s work shirt for him…again.

Every mother has and will continue to go through experiences that are difficult, yet inspiring. My most recent challenges were raising my daughter on my own while my husband was deployed for 15 months in Iraq and then having to raise her as a toddler from a wheelchair with the help of friends and family after a severe car accident. Whether or not my husband was by my side or whether or not my legs were broken, I still held the calling of mother. It became such a privilege, though I had my bouts of tears and frustration, to continue to do what I could to fulfill that role to my fullest. 


You all have your stories. Those times when you worked 2 shifts as a single mom to make ends meet, sacrificed something meaningful for the benefit of a child or spouse… Aquafresh is committed to lending moms a hand by supplying them with products, such as the amazing iso-active Whitening toothpaste, that achieves 33% better whitening compared to a non-whitening toothpaste. Now it’s your turn to share what makes you work beyond as Aquafresh wants to hear about these moments and celebrate you as mom through their Mom Goes Beyond campaign.


To participate in this movement, leave a comment about an inspiring or memorable moment you’ve endured by being a mom and you could have a chance to win various prizes on my blog including a $50 Walmart Gift Card! I will then randomly nominate someone to be considered for the grand prize of one year’s worth of free Aquafresh product and a $500 Walmart shopping spree*. The grand prize winner will also have the honor of their story being showcased on the Aquafresh Facebook fan page. The Aquafresh creative team will choose the grand prize winner by July 7th!


So, what makes you a mom that works beyond? (to enter, leave one comment below. The first winner will receive a bundle of free Aquafresh products (2 free product coupons, and 2 whitening tray kits and the second winner will win a $50 gift card to Walmart!)



*12 coupons of Aquafresh iso-active Whitening Tooth paste. $500 Walmart gift card


Additional Entries
1. Tweet about the event for an additional entry, up to one additional entry per day, but you must include @TheCDReport, #giveaway and the URL in each tweet. Leave a permalink with each additional entry so that the tweets may be verified. 
2. Blog about the event for two additional entries, but you must leave two separate comments.

This contest is limited to the continental U.S. and will close on June 8, 2010 so that a nominee may be selected and submitted to Aquafresh. 



I was contacted by M80 on behalf or Aquafresh and will be receiveing some sample Aquafresh products in exchange for hosting this contest; however, no monetary exchange will take place. 
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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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  1. I think that by the time we feel that first flutter in our wombs, we realize that we will have some challenges to endure. I had no idea that mine would happen so quickly. My baby was born 3 weeks early, and although initially healthy, she suffered from severe jaundice which kept her tethered to her bili-bed and unable to nurse past the first couple of latchings on. In order to save her life, I had to let her stay, wrapped tightly under those blue lights, and I couldn't even hold her until we left the hospital. Determined that she have the best, I pumped milk for 3 long months, long after we got home from the hospital, and then decided to go for it.It was much harder to handle 6 weeks of chapping when you already had a huge supply just waiting for your baby, should you wish to pump. My baby couldn't even get her mouth on me about half the time because I had followed the nurses instructions to a T and pumped both sides– until I could fill a VERY tall glass in one session. I cried and cried, wishing it was easier, praying that my baby would learn to latch, and then day by day, with the support of a good friend and the La Leche League, my baby was able to nurse. 14 months later! She weaned and I was so proud to have my baby turn into a toddler, having been healthy thanks to my diligent care and sacrifice–and I would do it again, a million times over, for her happy smiles, giggles, and yes, even the tantrums.

  2. Mami2jcn says:

    I have 3 children and I've never had anyone take care of them (other than their daddy) a day in their lives. Our families live out of state so we've never had any outside help. I pride myself on having been able to raise them and guide them on our own.

    As far as a memorable moment, I guess the first one that comes to mind was watching my sons greet their baby sister when she was born in the hospital. They were so surprised to see that she had actually come out of my belly. 😉

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  3. MomLovesDeals says:

    As the mom of two boys with varying degrees of Sensory Processing Disorder, every day is a new adventure. Aside from the day to day care of kids, a home, and a husband, I endure nasty comments and looks every day from people who do not understand my children's special needs. I have to smile gracefully and accept all forms of "advice" from people who have no idea what my life is like. I am doing what is best for my children and my family. I know my kids look "normal" but just because they are not in a wheelchair or don't have flashing neon sign hanging from their necks declaring them "different," doesn't mean strangers or acquaintances know what they need. Even some friends, though they try, know their limit with my kids. My final goal is to raise two healthy, happy, and whole boys into men. The day to day journey is a roller coaster but I know we will reach the goal!

  4. I think that every day being a mom is memorable. When I look through my kids old drawings, and I find one that says "i love mom" I feel so lucky.
    As a mom of six, and I realize how fortunate I am to have happy, healthy kids every day. My kids are growing up, and I take pictures every chance I get so that I can remember them at each stage in life. It is truly amazing to see your kids go from a tiny baby totally dependent on you for everything to a teen, then an adult who has their own children.
    I can remember being happy even when my babies woke me up crying in the middle of the night, because it reminded me that they were healthy and that I had been given the honor of being the one to take care of them.
    Being a mom is probably the best and most challenging thing that has, or ever will, happen. Every moment is inspiring to me, helping me be the best person possible, and I want to remember all of it.

  5. sohamolina says:

    I feel like the way I love my daughter goes above and beyond any love I have ever felt for anyone, including my husband or parents.

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  7. britneypaige says:

    Every day I am inspired by my baby girl. I never knew how much one little person could be my whole world. She teaches me to be patient, play often, laugh at myself, sing and scream if I need to and dance like no one's watching. Although she will learn many life skills from me and her daddy, we think she has already taught us more than we could have ever imagined. We are so excited for all that she has in store for us.

    Although some days are struggles while balancing work and family, we have been able to stay content and focus on what is most important with the time that we do have together.

    My family inspires me every day. Motherhood is an amazing experience that you cannot prepare for and cannot underestimate the awesomeness of every moment!!!

    I am so blessed….

  8. Andrea J. says:

    All moms have moments of sacrifice, big and small. The first moment of sacrifice that comes to mind is this: I had gall stones during my 2nd pregnancy. I did not find out until my daughter was 6 weeks old, and at that point, she was so attached to me that I had a hard time showering, knowing she'd cry until I returned. Not being able to give up time with her, I "postponed" my surgery over a year and endured a year of painful attacks over what ended up being a half day in surgery and recovery. It really sounds silly now, but I needed to be there to take care of her, and it was worth the wait.

  9. Bethany says:

    When I found out I was pregnant, I was 19, almost 20. I was scared, petrified, to be exact. I was, and still am, a college student. But, I made it work. My daughter is now 4 months old. When I was 6 months pregnant, I moved in with my boyfriend, her father, and we are creating a family.
    I believe my story, which is very long if I want it to be, is inspiring, especially to young mothers. Today, so many young people get pregnant and resort to abortion. It is so sad. I wish that more young moms would listen to someone like me and realize that they can make it work. I have made sacrifices; I was going to spend 4 months in Europe for school, an adventure of a lifetime, but now I can't. I struggle to do homework and still work part-time as a waitress.
    I love my daughter, and I would make a million sacrifices for her.

    BethanyH89@gmail.com

  10. 12gViolet says:

    My moment of greatest sacrifice would have to be while I was still pregnant with my first. I went into preterm labor at 26 weeks. In less than an hour, I went from being mildly worried about my baby not moving for a few hours to being strapped down in a bed with an IV full of magnesium sulfate going full-blast into my arm. I was in agony, but I endured. I knew my daughter had little chance outside the womb, so I put up with hours of pain and nausea, then three and a half weeks of poking and prodding in the hospital's long-term obstetrics ward. I hate hospitals. I hate being poked and prodded. But I did it anyway, for my baby, and I'd do it again in an instant.

    bnleuck@gmail.com

  11. Teresha@Marlie and Me says:

    I became a mom for the first time last August after 9 years of marriage (by choice). Nothing in my life had prepared me for motherhood, not even being the oldest of six children myself! Being a mtoher is like having your heart live outside of you. My daughter is such a little light. I would do anything to make sure she is happy and healthy. I chose to give birth naturally, stay home, co-sleep, cloth diaper, and I continue to breastfeed. I take get a lot of criticism for my choices, but I'm not trying to set back the women's movement…I'm just trying to be the best mom to my baby girl.

  12. The biggest event I’ve ever faced is when my daughter was born 13 weeks too early. I had a 2 year old son at home who needed his mom and a critically ill daughter who was in a hospital an hour away. I was torn daily on where I should be. I also had to learn how to give my son some sort of normalcy. Of course, soon I learned that what I was going through was nothing compared to what I had to deal with when our daughter died at 6 weeks old. It would have been so easy to just go to bed and stay there. Definitely was not an option for me. Our families were both far away and my husband had to work. I had to learn to put on a happy face for my son and keep living. There were plenty of times that he saw me cry but I really tried to save all my tears for after he went to bed. I struggled so much but was determined to keep living while also keeping my daughter’s memory alive. I did all the hard work necessary to get through that time. I have also been able to use my experience to help other moms. I will never understand why our daughter was taken from us, but I have learned to cherish the short time we had with her and to love every single moment I have with our children.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. Mary-Kate says:

    I was extatic to find out that we were expecting our first child last May. We did everything by the book… Waited till we were 3 months along to tell everyone, took the pre-natals, ate healthier, went to the OB appointments every month. But we always knew there would be a chance that I would develop pre-eclampsia, after all my mom had it all 3 times she gave birth. At 27 weeks at a normal OB visit they sent me to the hospital because I was spilling protein and my BP's were high. Three day's later I was released. A week later I was back in the hospital and I stayed there till I delivered Eli at 29 weeks. It was a heartbreaking decision that had to be made in order to save both of us. I will never forget that day. After seeing Eli for about 30 seconds they took him to the NICU where he stayed for a long 51 days. He went through so much there (a chest tube, on the vent, CPap, NG tube, blood transfusions, bili0lights, IV's, PIC lines….) and every day I wondered if I could have held out one more day would things have been better. When Eli was 12 days old I finally got to hold him for the first time and that was an amazing feeling. I will never forget cuddling up to my 2 lb 11 oz son and praying that God would make him better. Over 7 weeks after he was born, Eli took his first adventure into the world and came home. Since then things have been good with all the normal baby things happening… We just got a little bit of a rocky start!

  14. AudreyNichole says:

    My story is in 2 parts:
    I: 8 yrs ago I was diagnoised with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. 6 weeks after giving birth my my 2nd child……AND I was in the middle of a divorce. My son was a very sick baby and in order for my ex to stand up and be a man and take care of him while I was in the hospital, I had to sign papers giving him full custody. It broke my heart to have to do that, but there was no one else that could take on the responsibility. It was by far the hardest thing I've had to do as a mother to date.

    II: 2 years after signing papers and finally being in remission, I was able to fight to get my son back. It was a LONG road and seemed to be going no where. Our state law says, if you willingly give the other parent custody, unless you can prove the home is totally unstable, they will not remove the child. (the home was, but apparently not enough….go figure) Finally, right before my son turned 6 yrs old, my ex finished destroying his home life and had no choice but to sign his custody rights back over to me. My son has now been back with our family (myself, my new husband, his biological sister and his new half-sister) for 2 years!

  15. The Bookworm says:

    So far the biggest challenge I've faced as a mom was when my daughter was born. We didn't know who would care for her, if both my husband & I worked. But, after thousands of dollars of hospital bills (I had a very difficult pregnancy) on top of college loans, we were not sure that we could afford to live on one income. However, we made the decision that I would be a stay at home mom, no matter how financially difficult it would be. So, over the last two years, I've had to figure out unique ways to supplement our income (i.e. mystery shopping, etc) that I could do, even when my husband was traveling. The Lord has definitely provided along the way, and our daughter has never starved or been watched by anyone besides my husband & I. 😉

    And, I've been blessed to be there for every milestone in my daughter's life. My most memorable moment was having her spontaneously give me a kiss and say "I love you" for the first time! It made the sleepless nights worth it. :)

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. The Bookworm says:

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/15333543676

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. 3 Boys and an Old Lady says:

    Conception didnt' come easy for my husband and I. After nearly ten years of unsuccessful infertility treatments and lots of prayers, we were blessed with twin sons. I felt like a mom from the first time I saw them. They were just 9 week old embryos on the ultrasound pic. However, I realize the joy I feel isn't the joy all mothers feel.

    Knowing this I strive to participate in my kids' school. I know lots of moms aren't able to, for whatever reason be it they don't want to or they don't make the time to be a visible part of their child's learning experience. However, I am there. Despite working full-time and going to school full-time, I make a point of being present at school. I serve on the PTA and have written grants to expose our kids to experiences economic situations prohibit. I have fed, clothed and been there for kids that simply need someone to believe in them. When a kid comes up to me to say "Thank you", you know you've done something right…and me, I know I'm doing something right and God will bless me to do more.

    I can't be a mom to every child, but I can be a positive force in the life of every child I come in contact with and the best way to do this is simply by being there.

  18. I have been thinking about what to write for a couple of days now and out of all the things that make every day inspiring and motivating, I always come to the same thing – Love.

    One specific moment was when she first learned how to use the potty at 18 months. Every time she went “potty” I did a song and dance and clapped so hard and she would look up at me and smile.

    I get an unbelievable amount of unconditional love from my daughter Zamara. Her smile, her laugh, her long wavy hair, her sense of humor, her love for God, her jokes, her face as she sleeps, her smarts, and even when she gets cranky, these are all components to what I call my most precious gift, my daughter. She is my inspiration to go beyond just being me. She gives me the strength to smile when I’m down. She gives me energy to get up when I’m tired and head to work. She sparks the fire in me to become a more educated, cultured, and spiritual mother. I live my life to protect and guide her so that she, too, can become a kindhearted, charismatic, and respectful human being. I guess that’s the way I want to thank her for all she has done for me.

    I go beyond just being me, I am a strong and powerful mother because of her, my daughter Zamara.

    -Rachel

  19. Big Mama says:

    What makes me a mom is obviously my son. But even before that I had a stepson. And even though he didn't grow in my womb.. and I didn't meet him until he was 3, I was becoming a mother as soon as I met him. I can't remember a moment in Target, my boyfriend at the time(he's now my husband) was trying on clothes. Dylan and I were waiting, Dylan started getting upset… he had a booger that he couldn't get out. At that moment when I was willing to pick his nose for him I knew I was on my way to becoming a mom. It was many years later that I gave birth to my own son, but I still look back at that little boy I met when I was only 19 and I knew that I was a mom even before I had Adam.

  20. Mrs. Shah says:

    Well, I am a mother of three and I love them all very much. they are my life and the sole reason for me being alive! Every moment spent with them is a token in time that I want to treasure forever. I remember back in July of 2009 I started having severe hemorrhaging and I was afraid that I was losing my third child. I had not experienced anything more upsetting than this fear that was in my heart of losing a child in the womb. My husband was not here he was living overseas and I ewas going through this ordeal alone. I was told there was only a 50% chance that she would survive because I was only 6 weeks along at the time and the hemorrhage was very massive. I was praying so hard to God that the baby would pull through and that my body would absorb the issue and keep her in the womb. Luckily, after 4 weeks of hemorrhaging the baby stayed inside and I was able to carry the child full term. Now here she is beautiful and healthy and I got a beautiful addition to my family.

    I am now in a position where my husband has walked out on us 17 days after her birth. Here I am now a mother of three, caregiver for my disabled mother, a home-schooling mom, and a student myself. I often question how one woman can control all of these tasks and still have her sanity. I am striving to go to school myself for the babies because I want to be self-sufficient and non-dependent on a man. I know that I am strong enough to be a mother and give them all the love they need alone. It is loads of hard work and loads of pain when I realize there is no daddy there but I am here to kiss their boo-boos when they get hurt and I am the one who tucks them in at night. I am their loving provider and I will cherish them and guard them with my heart. I am going to be strong for them, as they are my strength in this journey of life!

  21. Tiffany says:

    Sacrifice is a funny word. So many people told me how much I would have to sacrifice in my life when I became a mother… I would sacrifice time and friendships, family and money, all for my new little bundle of joy. When Adam arrived 6 1/2 months ago, I learned what sacrifice really is. I sacrifice every day… time away from him as I go into work… money from his college fund when my husband and I go out for dinner… and so forth. He is my life, my love, my everything. His smiles are the reason for mine.

  22. Christine says:

    My most memorable Mom moment. I told the kids (Cynthis 6, Rhouhanna 4, & Thomas 2) that I wanted to rest for a little bit, but that I wanted them to stay in my room while I rested. I was exhausted and 6.5 months pregnant. I know, your thinking, harmless right. Oh no, not my kids. I ended up falling asleep, which was not my intention, I just wanted to rest for a bit. Anyway, this is what I woke up too:

    I felt warm liquid on my back. Thomas took his diaper off and peed on me, literally. The kids had surrounded me with caramel popcorn. I mean they outlined my body in this sticky popcorn. I had 3 baskets of laundry that needed to be folded and all the clothes was scattered throughout my room. I mean every bit of it. I had just organized all the clothes for the new baby in his drawers. The kids got in baby James' drawers and took out all his clothes and dressed up all their babies and teddy bears. When I woke up I looked at all 3 kids and they just froze. Nobody said a word. It was complete silence. I looked around the room and just started cracking up. I didn't know what else to do. The kids started laughing and showed me everything they did while I was sleeping. As if I needed an explanation. Note to self, "Never Sleep While The Kids Are Awake".

  23. sohamolina says:
  24. Mijal Photography says:

    I don't have any stories of real sacrifice as we have been blessed by having two healthy little boys that rule our world! My best mom moments are just watching the two of them start to play together at 1 and 3. And my absolute fav moments are watching my 3 year old try to console his little brother when he gets a boo-boo or is sad.
    info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

  25. Owen's Mom says:

    The other morning my toddler sipped his milk and then turned to my husband and said, "Dadda, my milk tastes good". Both my husband and I got a little teary eyed at that. You see, both of my children have a rare metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria, or PKU. We never knew we were both carriers till we had our son. The diagnosis changed my life forever and radically altered my duties as a Mom. I remember the doctors explaining the disorder to us and all I heard was "severe mental retardation". Scary for any Mother. The good news was if we followed their dietary therapy and listened to the doctors, we could prevent it.

    So, I quit my job to tackle this dietary therapy head on! People with PKU can't process a part of protein like the rest of us, so protein in our foods becomes toxic and will kill brain cells. Did you know everything has protein in it??? They can't eat meat, dairy, nuts, or most grains and only vegetables & fruit in moderation. To sustain life they drink "milk" or a dietary formula for life that gives them all the vitamins & nutrients they need to live. So, every night I am up with cans, glass bottles & my gram scales. But, my kiddos do eat some… again it must all be weighed on the gram scale, protein content looked up and then recorded for the day. We take once a week blood tests to check the phe level and then the dietary therapy can be modified. It takes time, organization and a whole lot of love.

    So, how do I go above and beyond? Well, I don't really think of it that way. I changed my life because I love both of my children (my baby daughter also has PKU…it was a 25% chance) and would go to the ends of the earth to insure they are healthy and happy. I hope that beyond that I can help my children to accept their differences and even enjoy being unique. So, by liking his "milk" I think I have successfully gone above and beyond.

    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

  26. Owen's Mom says:

    Daily tweet!
    http://twitter.com/notimeMom/status/15447206117
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

  27. Jennifer says:

    My Husband & I tried for 2.5 yrs before Finally Conceiving our son through fertility treatments. Just seeing the words "pregnant" on that test made me cry!! I couldnt believe that we were finally going to have a baby. That moment in itself is one that we will never forget….then 19 weeks later I felt my baby kick for the 1st time & that was the moment that I realized I was a Mommy!! I had always wondered what that would feel like, & I never could have imagined that something could feel so perfect!!

  28. Tutsy A. says:

    One of my favorite mom moments was when I took my son to meet his great-grandfather for the first time. It was just so moving for me to see the instant love between the generations of men.

  29. Owen's Mom says:

    Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/notimeMom/status/15528862116
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

  30. Before having kids, I did not have the healthiest diet. When I became pregnant with twins and had to deal with health issues like gestational diabetes, I really had to watch what I ate. I started buying more organic fruits and veggies, eating less red meat, buying household products that were “green” and trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle. When I was on bed rest and maternity leave, I found blogs that showed how to maximize savings using coupons on sale items. Now that the kids are 16 months and eating table food, I try to provide them with a healthy diet. I work full time and my commute is 2 hours each day, the weekends are all the time I have to get in quality time with my family, run errands, do chores, clip and organize coupons and grocery shop. This leaves little personal time to myself. But I feel that it is what I need to do to take care of my family and provide the healthiest home life possible. Seeing my family healthy and happy means so much to me. I feel so strongly about this that as the VP Programs for my moms of multiples group, I am working to bring this type of info to our meetings to educate other moms on how to provide healthier, happier homes to their families.

    member (dot) thao (at) gmail.com

  31. anamlgrl says:

    Soon after I had my son I realized that I would not be able to leave him full time and go back to work. My partner and I figured that if I got a part time job we would be able to make it. I called a friend and previous coworker and begged him for a part time job! I am ecstatic to say that I am with my son every day and it has been the most amazing (almost) 3 years…. Only draw back is that I work 3-4 overnight shifts a week… I'm also in school 2 nights a week… so no sleep for me! Oh did I mention that one of the nights I work is Saturday… EVERY Saturday! Some people think I'm crazy and even my partner repeatedly reminds me that there is no way she could stay home every day…. I feel like I wear myself thin at times but every second of sacrifice is worth this precious time I have watching my baby learn and grow!

  32. anamlgrl says:
  33. Owen's Mom says:

    Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/notimeMom/status/15561268102
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

  34. sohamolina says:
  35. Tamara B. says:

    I have been a stay at home mother for 15 years. Married to a military man and have moved three times over 15 years. I never had any family to help me all of the times he was deployed and never had any babysitters. Basically I have been around my children 24/7 and only time I was away from them was when I was in the hospital giving birth to the other child. My most memorable moment was when my last two walked into the school for kindergarten. It was bitter sweet and heart wretching at the same time. Holding each other’s hand is a memory I will never forget.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  36. As a mom, I’ve certainly had my challenges to face and overcome. However, it is those challenges that have shaped my life, made me a better person and inspired me to do more than I ever thought I could. My husband has a chronic disease that affects his day to day abilities to work and function, so it leaves a lot more responsibility on me to provide financially for our family as well as be a mom to two young boys ages 7 and 3. My youngest was born with a rare brain disorder and so he has a lot of medical and therapy appointments and various services and supports that need to be arranged, so that also keeps me very busy and presents challenges in trying to balance work and my child's needs . I am fortunate in that I have worked in the Social Services field for many years and have a lot of experience specifically working with people with developmental disabilities. This experience has benefited my son in terms of me understanding how the medical system works and the other agencies and organizations that provide some services for my son. This means that I've been able to be a very effective and strong advocate for my son which I will never stop doing this for him. He has given me such a strong sense of what kind of life and opportunities people with developmental disabilities should have. My son will most likely never be able to live on his own and will always need to be cared for. A lot of people I’ve known with a loved one with Developmental Disabilities that need 24/7 care, see this as a guilt laden burden on them. Many choose to place their loved one in a care home. My intention here is not to be critical, but to state the facts as I’ve experienced. I’ve never felt that my son was a burden. In fact, I feel that he is a blessing. When he was first Diagnosed, the doctors told me he would never hold his head up, sit up, crawl, walk, grasp objects and that he would be on a feeding tube and die young. Well, fortunately for my son, he has proven those doctors wrong. My son can now do all of those things and he eats and drinks fine and is very healthy. Instead of thinking about what my son cannot do or the care that he requires, I see him as a beautiful and happy boy who has worked hard and overcome many challenges and defied the expectations that others put on him. I am proud to be his mother and he will live with me till the day I die. As his mother, he has truly inspired me to be a better person and stronger person.

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

  37. SCMOMOF2BOYS says:

    Memorable Moment: There are so many!! I know the day I found out I was having a boy for each of my pregnancy's. It was such a joyous day, and then for their actual births. Nothing in the world compares to that WONDERFUL feeling. The first time I breastfed, I cried and cried. It is such a sweet connection. I waited a long time to have children and there is nothing more rewarding than being a Mom. I love my boys and they have made me a better person.

  38. SCMOMOF2BOYS says:
  39. Tarissa says:

    My mom is awesome. She takes great care of our family. She is under quite a bit of stress, but her work always shines through.

  40. Owen's Mom says:

    Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/notimeMom/status/15641214729
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

  41. It took us three years to conceive our first son. There were many nights I cried myself to sleep. I just wanted to be a mom, more than anything in the world. In January 2007 I had surgery to relieve my carpal tunnel. The day after that I found out I had cervical pre-cancer. The area on my cervix that was covered in abnormal cells was so huge, my doctor had a hard time seeing it all at one time via a colposcopy. We needed to treat ASAP because the risk of it developing to cancer was strong. I had the flu though and I was still recovering from my surgery, so we decided to wait until I was well. The pain pills from my surgery made me break out in hives.

    That was the worst week of my life, could anything else possibly go wrong? Just when I though I had reached my breaking point, the doctor caring for my hives suggested I take a pregnancy test. It came back positive right away. But my gyn. told me not to get pregnant, the pre-cancer, now what do I do?

    I underwent three acid treatments to keep the cells in check while the pregnancy progressed. At 13 weeks my doctor asked me if I wanted another colposcopy to see if the cells got worse. "We can't wait any longer, or we can't terminate" EXCUSE ME doctor??? You want me to WHAT???? I've waited far too long for this baby for you to suggest that to me.

    At 26 weeks I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I was taking 50 units of insulin twice a day, I had to watch everything I put in my mouth. Even with diet, exercise, and insulin I couldn't get my numbers under control. I was a mess, what did I do to make this happen? What will happen to my baby? Did I hurt him when my numbers spiked to 260?

    I tried so long for this baby, and even though it was rough we both survived the pregnancy. My son is now 2 years old and I still check to make sure he's breathing every night before bed because I am so afraid of something happening to the child I wanted more than anything in the world. He wasn't away from me for more than an hour until he was 16 months old.

    Patrick is now a big brother, and he is so good at the job. He loves his baby brother so much. My boys are my whole world, and I would do anything for them.

    After Patrick was born I went on to have a LEEP done and we were able to get all the bad cells out in one try. I haven't had any issues since, but I did get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I've been fighting that too. I've lost 62 pounds since I gave birth to my second son in December. I am currently waiting for the results of my last A1C check to see if I beat diabetes naturally.

    Because I WILL be around to see the baby I wanted more than anything in the world grow up and have babies of his own.

  42. I think every mom goes beyond for there children, especially on a daily basis. We all want our children to have the best opportunities and be the best they can be. So everyday we are helping our children develop the tools to believe in themselves. That they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. Currently, I am working with my little ones about how important it is that we take care of our earth. I am teaching them about recycling, and respecting the earth. I have also thought that I was doing enough, but in teaching my children I realized that there is more we can do. We now are volunteering in our community for Clean Up Your Park Day, i have switched to CD my littliest one, and we have started veggie garden. When you are a mom and want to teach your child certain values, you make sure that you go beyond to instill those values

    tlambin328@att.net

  43. katklaw777 says:

    One of my best ah-ha mommy moments was when my son was born 7 weeks early.
    They wanted to feed him formula by bottle.
    I wanted him to nurse…luckily my doctor agreed with me…she helped me to figure it out, I nursed and supplemented with a bottle, but in that bottle was MY milk that I had pumped. I am glad I stuck to my guns and that was the first of many mommy battles I fought for my son and conquered!

  44. There have been so many wonderful and memorable moments during my time as a mother. Hearing my baby's heartbeat for the first time, feeling her first movements inside my womb, seeing her sweet, scrunched up face after she was born, countless breastfeeding sessions, hearing her say "Mama" for the first time, and watching her grow and learn new things every day. She never ceases to amaze me and I love every minute.

    kayla.dishon@gmail.com

  45. A Mom's Take says:

    As a single young women I discovered I was pregnant. I was shocked and scared and not sure what to do! I quickly learned that the best thing for this unborn child would be to be placed for adoption and I found THE most wonderful family in the world to raise him! The adoption has been very open and I see him on occasion. It is amazing to me to have been a mother for the 2 days I spent with him in the hospital and my time carrying him for all I was able to learn and grow from him. I will be forever grateful for that life changing experience and that beautiful little boy who changed my life!! I am now happily married and with 2 little boys of my own and pregnant with number 3. I love my boys and my life very much but I’ll be forever grateful for that first special child that made such a difference to who I am today!

    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

  46. StephanieC says:

    I'm juggling a full time job, part-time school, and the first summer! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  47. StephanieC says:

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