Johnson’s Baby products is holding a blog tour to share our everyday joys of parenting and promote awareness about their current Facebook campaigns. I signed up for two reasons- first, one of the campaigns involves raising funds for the March of Dimes, which is dear to me since I had a preemie of my own, and second, because Johnson’s was very good to me when I had my son. I requested a ton of samples from different places, and they sent me several high-value free coupons to try anything I wanted. Most companies ignored my request, but Johnson’s proved to me that they are all about customer service.

For the tour, I’m supposed to share my thoughts on what being a mom means to me. For those who know my background, either through bits and pieces on this blog or through my other personal blog, I’m sure you already know exactly what it means to me. For those who don’t, here’s the short version. It took me six brutal years of trying before I finally got pregnant with my son. When I say brutal, I mean seriously depressed, on the verge of a nervous breakdown brutal. I wanted to be a mom so bad, and every month that passed by with a negative result felt like a slam to the gut with a 2×4. When I finally got pregnant, it was like the world stopped spinning for a moment and I could finally breathe. Of course, panic set in right away- what if I lost the baby, what if something went wrong, what if, what if, what if? I managed to relax once I saw his little heart beat, after I coerced the doctor into giving me a quickie early ultrasound (I had to beg, plead, and cry for that one, but it was worth it). Seven months into my pregnancy,complications caused by preeclampsia set it, and I gave birth to a 3lb, 50oz baby boy with a broken arm. I’ll spare you the long, drawn out version of his and my recovery because in the end, we are both healthy and happy.

Being Jake’s mom means the world to me. He is smart, hilarious, and full of spunk. He’s truly my child, stubborn to the core and showing a healthy dose skepticism when it comes to authority figures. We are so much alike that we clash from time to time, it’s hard to fight yourself, especially when it’s a much younger version of yourself who has yet to learn compromise and tact. But he is such an awesome little being, and I can’t imagine a more perfect child for me. We have a lot of “everyday moments,” from reading in bed together to playing video games. We don’t have a lot of money for grand adventures, so we have to make our own fun most of the time. We’re both rather, uh, inept when it comes to crafts, but we have a great time trying!

I’ve already shared pictures of Jake when he was a preemie, so here are a few of my favorite “everyday moments” with him over the years:

First Halloween

2005- First Halloween

Helping in the Yard

2006- Helping in the Yard

Stomping in the Mud

2007- Stomping in the Mud

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

2008- Riding the Pony at Quiet Valley harvest festival

Rock Star

2009- Making his Rock Star face

Goofy Face

2010- Being a goofball

Be sure to check out Johnson’s current Facebook campaigns.With every “promise” (“like”) made at, Johnson’s will donate $1 to the March of Dimes. Also,  Johnson’s will host a series of photo contests on its Facebook page beginning in May. Selected monthly winners will receive one of a variety of prizes and be eligible for the $25,000 Grand Prize, to be announced in January 2012.

Disclaimer- “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson’s and received Johnson’s Baby products and a  promotional item and to facilitate my review.”