As I’m sure you noticed, I made a conscious effort to share my entire pregnancy and birthing experience on social media via blogging, Facebook, and Twitter – at times possibly sharing more than some people wanted to know.
I know that some of you thought I was crazy to give social media any attention while giving birth (especially while I was tweeting from the delivery room), but my final report is that it was SO. MUCH. FUN.
I’ve reiterated time and time again that I consider all of you my friends, whether I’ve met you in real life or not. One of the reasons that I blog is for interaction and relationships – I absolutely LOVE getting your comments and emails and being able to have personal, two-way relationships with each of you, rather than just writing one-way blogs. And part of my drive to do this IS my stay-at-home-Mom role – when I first had Ali, I was SO lonely. After years of a very fast-paced, people-oriented accounting career, the quiet house drove me up the wall. Despite the fact that I’m an introvert, I discovered that I NEEDED people. So when I discovered blogging and the relationships that come with it, my life changed. It actually helped me ENJOY and APPRECIATE my job as Mom at a higher level, because I now had a way to reflect on it, to record it, and to relate to others that were experiencing the same things as I.
And so, when it came time to have another baby, it only seemed natural to share it, real time, through the medium that had enriched my life so much. And it didn’t disappoint! All of your Facebook, blog, and twitter comments (although there was no way I could reply to all of them) were amazing!! During the more boring parts of labor (you know – the parts that didn’t hurt and it was just my job to lay there and wait), Chris and I enjoyed reading all of your feedback. And during the intense parts, it was a nice distraction from the pain.
(Although in the MOST intense parts, I don’t think I was aware of anyone or anything. But besides that.)
Did it take away from our precious family moments? Not at all. We had many, many wonderful personal times where there were no cell phones or computers anywhere to be found. But since we spent FIVE days in the hospital, there were also plenty of moments where having the immediate presence of hundreds of our friends kept us from getting lonely, homesick, or getting cabin fever.
Granted, our families in the waiting room were quite amused by the fact that they occasionally got quicker updates from Facebook than from us personally…
And once we got into our room, social media plus Chris’ work made our hospital room look like a Bookie’s headquarters…
So, although you might not have been able to get a family photo with Noah while he was in the hospital,
I hope that you felt as much of a part of our family and friends as anyone else – because you certainly felt like it to us. Thank you all so much for being a part of our new baby experience!