There I was, in Dallas, on my way to Hawaii via Chicago. I had started in Denver.
I was going the wrong way.
In an effort to save $150 on my ticket, I had purchased it through one of those sites that compiles all airlines and gives you an itinerary that involves extraneous connections, back-tracking, and an extra helping of locating your nearest exit.
When I landed in Chicago, and debated sleeping on the terminal floor (having missed my connection), I asked myself, “WHY did I think this was worth saving $150?” This was such a valuable lesson to learn, and I'm glad I wasted a night in Chicago (and $125 on a hotel room) learning it when I was young.
I hear the similar sentiments from my mama friends. Cribs that can't get delivered. Endless cycles of hold music trying to exchange a nursing bra. Gifts that are unhelpful, unwanted, or duplicated. They beg me, “What will I do with sixteen nursing covers?”
I have few ideas.
Everyone on earth makes a product or sells a service to expecting or new parents. You're trying to buy safety, security, a natural birth, or a happy, healthy baby, and these things aren't for sale. There must be more crap flying in your direction than at any other time in your life. I do not envy you. However, I do truly believe that there are a few stores in your town that offer service, research, and products you might actually want when your baby arrives. I would encourage you to consider shopping locally for the same reasons that I do.
These are the reasons I shop locally.
I know that money is tight (I teach prenatal yoga... I'm not exactly in the market for a private island these days). For many, there isn't enough money for food. I'm not writing this blog post to address people who are truly financially insecure. This post is for you, whoever you are who made it to the end. I would love to invite you to join me in voting with your dollars. Spending a little bit more for the higher level of research, customer service, and attention that you get for loving your local friends. The more of our money we spend supporting them, the more options we'll continue to have.
I'm one of those people who loves making your life easier (and I believe in you). I am an experienced registered prenatal yoga teacher and a lactation educator.
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Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this process with you. You're stronger than you think you are.