This has been a crazy, exhausting and celebratory week. Mini Hubby just turned 2 and I had the opportunity to reflect on the last 2 years of my life. Two years that seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.
I can’t believe this little opinionated, independent, none-too-shy to express himself (often with an incredibly loud “NOOOOOOO MOMMMMY!”) little boy, was not even a part of our lives just two years ago. I think about all the ways we’ve grown as a family.. more laundry, more messes, more pee all over the bathroom (and bed… and even the couch) but also more love, more giggles and a whole lot more insanity as my world became filled with 2 versions of my wonderful husband.
It’s like I have two toddlers, with opinions on just about everything. From what we watch on tv to what I serve for dinner. From the acceptable amount of time that crumbs can be left on the counter to what time we should all go to bed. They both pretty much battle me over everything…. I however, have many years of training. Hubby has prepared me well for this new little tornado that’s entered my house. It’s like the last 10 years of our marriage he’s been prepping me for this new life. All of his idiosyncrasies, his bizarre and ever-changing likes & dislikes, his lack of listening, lack of cleaning – you name it – it was apparently all to build my tolerance for the day we welcomed an actual little person living in our house!
Well… I accept the challenge.
This little guy entered our world like a storm (over 3 weeks early) and he hasn’t stopped since. And quite simply, after watching him grow over the past 2 years, I couldn’t imagine life without him.
So, when someone from LifebankUSA contacted me recently about a contest they are running: The LifebankUSA Peace of Mind $500 off Cord Blood Banking giveaway on Facebook I happily agreed to share it with all of you. You see, Hubby & I are LifebankUSA customers. Before mini-hubby came into our lives we did a lot research about cord blood banking. And we agreed that with the unknown future of medical advancements, banking our cord blood was something that was very important to us. If, under some horrific course of events, life threw some terrible medical problem at us 15 or 20 years from now that could have somehow be helped by cord blood, and we hadn’t saved it, we would never forgive ourselves.
When we found out that LifebankUSA was the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood, and tissue banking – and was the first to release placenta-derived stem cells for a successful transplant… we decided to do the whole trifecta. For us, it was all about peace of mind. I know that there are countless debates about stem cell research… but honestly when it comes to your baby (whether that baby is 2 days old or 30 years old) wouldn’t you do anything possible to keep them safe and healthy? For us, that answer was undoubtedly yes… So, the next step was easy…find a company that could provide us with this service and then pray that you will never actually need to use it (it’s sort of like a life insurance policy…which, by the way, we both also got when mini hubby came along!).
Anyhow, like I mentioned, they are having a contest on Facebook to win $500 off banking . You can find the contest here: LifebankUSA Peace of Mind Contest. PLUS, they also offered me a special coupon code that is only available for Hubby Diaries readers. If you sign up at www.lifebankusa.com and use the code: BLOG you will get a $250 Visa gift card with any of their banking programs (discounts cannot be combined). This is a great deal, if you’re considering cord or placenta blood banking.
Through cord blood banking, you can collect and preserve potentially lifesaving stem cells, and doing so could one day save the life of your child or a blood relative. You can bank even more stem cells by collecting them from 2 usable sources of stem cell-rich blood: the umbilical cord and the placenta. Who knows what the future holds… and in my opinion, it’s better to be prepared for anything.. which is why we did both!
And, in case that’s not enough, don’t forget… one day maybe they’ll be able to use stem cells to actually clone people and, if I’m ever feeling like my life isn’t challenging enough, I could arrange to get a few additional EXACT REPLICAS of my boys. Okkkkkkkkkkk….. maybe not….. or better yet, HELL NO! I’m not that crazy! HA!
So, I encourage you to do your own research and check it out… if it’s right for you and your family enter the contest and use the discount code: BLOG!!
(for the record – for those of you who are missing the humor in my above comment and are now all fired up because you’re anti cloning- here’s my disclaimer: I don’t believe LifebankUSA offers or participates in cloning people and I don’t personally think people should be cloned. There ya go, disclaimer over, lighten up people!)