Hi Shannon, how about we start by you introducing yourself and tell us about See Baby Grow (we’re big fans!).
Hi there! My name is Shannon and I’m a mom, wife, teacher, doggie-lover, and entrepreneur. I was born and raised in New York and have since relocated to Florida, where I love to visit the beaches and hang outside by the pool under the palm trees. Life is good! I am currently taking a break from classroom teaching to pursue my dream of doing something on my own and being my own boss. It’s awesome! Finding my way through the marketing, advertising and retail industries have been nothing short of intimidating, to say the least, but heck, it’s working and we’re moving forward!
How did you come up with this idea? By the way, great new website design!
Thanks! See Baby Grow, LLC was created in 2010 after realizing how precious every little stage is in a new baby’s life. When my son turned one month old, I neatly typed up a sign that read: “I am 1 month old!” and placed it next to him while I started snapping away (and away, and away, and away!). This monthly tradition continued throughout his first year of life, as I was blown away at how fast time really does fly. As he became more and more mobile, his photo shoots were becoming a bit of a challenge for us. After countless efforts of trying to remember it all and add captions to pictures, we decided that something needed to be done! I knew that there had to be an easier way for parents to document these extraordinary monthly milestones. Soon after, See Baby Grow, LLC was born.
What is your favorite part about being a parent?
I’d be lying if I said ‘everything.’ I LOVE watching my son grow into his own person. Seeing his individuality form on a daily basis is probably the best part for me.
Now that you’ve been using Moment Garden for a while now, what’s your favorite aspect?
Living out of state from my family members, it has to be the component that allows me to share my garden with my family. My mom receives updates each time I input a moment.
If you could add one thing to the site, what would it be?
Hmm…I am pretty satisfied with how it’s going so far. You guys rock!
What other parenting related websites do you visit every day?
Parents.com, Daily Candy Kids, Babble, and Cool Mom Picks.
What is one tip for new parents that you wish you knew when you started?
My son just turned two this month and I am by no means an expert. We take things one day at a time around here, as each day is a new day with new challenges. I am much more relaxed than I was during the very early stages, thank goodness! For some crazy reason, I was under the impression that I was going to hurt or damage my son if I did something ‘wrong’ such as not swaddling him correctly, not inclining his head in the bassinet properly, putting his diaper on too tight or too loosely… I am laughing now looking back, but we were paranoid about the littlest things. Advice—-relax : ) Makes for a calmer mommy and a much calmer baby (oh, and daddy, too!)
What did you use to save your children’s quotes, stories and pictures [before Moment Garden]?
It was pathetic, but with the lack of sleep, I would write little things down on sticky notes next to my night-stand and date them….Now, I have a permanent (neater) place to document his early beginnings!
My Moment Maker Tip
Well, I’m a bit bias here, but I’d have to say—-Invest in some apparel from See Baby Grow! You can easily document each moment, starting with the first day of life with our newborn beanie hats. When I look back on our day 1 shots of Ryan wearing the icky hospital beanie, I WISH I had these then. There are plenty of photo ops in the early days and why not, do them in style!