As she sat, electronic Elmo potty book in hand (a special privilege only for those sitting on the potty and only on days when Mommy has popped a few Advil beforehand), she sang. She sang the "ABC's", "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", "Jesus Loves You (Jesus Lobes You/Me as she calls it), and various other tunes. Precious is the singing voice of a little girl unaware of the audience listening in on her private performance.
As I listened to our little girl sing and chat today, secretly praying this trip to the restroom would be successful, I was thankful for such moments of innocence and purity. In many societies, one can gather a group of mothers together, regardless of race or culture or age, toss out a few key phrases such as "Potty Training", "Feeding", and "Sleeping Through the Night" and instant woman bonding begins.
This isn't the case in all of our world. Place another group of mothers together, ones from less industrialized nations, and their common chatter would likely be about survival of their family. There are no worries about how old one's child is before he/she sleeps eight hours at night or if they should bottle feed or breast-feed. They simply are concerned about the survival of the members of their family. Period.
Pampers contacted me recently, asking if I would let the readers of this blog know about their "One Pack = One Vaccine" campaign. It is no secret that we are avid fans of Pampers diapers (especially when purchased with a coupon) and that we strive to have a global view of humanity in the day to day rigors of our life here at casa de phillips. Campaign to help mommies and babies who are struggling for survival? Sign me up.
The "One Pack = One Vaccine" campaign is quite simple. From February 5 through May 1, 2009, when a pack of specially-marked Pampers diapers or wipes are purchased, a life saving vaccine is donated to an area in need. These vaccines are used to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a preventable disease that claims the lives of approximately 128,000 infants and 30,000 mommies in less industrialized nations each year.
Many of you have traveled to other countries and have seen the poverty that strikes particular places in our world. While in Africa, I witnessed a lady giving birth on the side of a busy dirt street, saw a stillborn baby left abandoned on a pile of garbage, and carted around a 9 month old Kenyan baby girl for three weeks and then was heartbroken to leave her with her homeless 14 year old mother when I returned home.
There are some terribly tragic stories out there.
Pampers and UNICEF is attempting to reduce the number of such stories.
To encourage participation in such a vital cause, I am giving away a free pack of Pampers diapers (via redeemable coupon). To enter to win, simply leave me a comment about a funny/horrific/terrifying diaper incident you have experienced as a parent. The winner will be chosen randomly and the coupon will be mailed ASAP. The comments for this post will be closed on Thursday March 12, 2009 at 7pm. The winner will be announced on Friday March 13, 2009.
Pampers is also sending me a couple of these bodysuits:
These are going to be donated to our local pregnancy crisis center, which my MOPS group is supporting this year.
Share your funny story for a chance to win a free pack of diapers. Also, next time you are at the store, Pampers coupon in hand, be sure to pick up one of these speciality marked packages of diapers to help a fellow mommy in this world.