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Monday, May 30, 2016

#Microblog Mondays: Mail Mismatch

I got this in the mail the other day:


I love the bolded text in the middle: We value your experience as a parent. Ha, my EXPERIENCE, as a PARENT.

Earlier in our experience, I started receiving all kinds of interesting flyers and things because I had signed up for American Baby, a free magazine for pregnant women/early motherhood, when we were in the early stages of infertility treatment. I thought it would be a fun sneak peek, until they used my fake due date (an actual due date for our mid-IVF "what the hey" IUI) to create a "Just for you!" section that chronicled "my" pregnancy and baby's developmental milestones. Unintended consequences, and I wasn't sad when the subscription ended.

This survey opportunity is coming to me because we registered for baby gear through the BBB superstore, as well as a zillion coupons for formula.

Coupons which are rapidly expiring and we still don't have a baby.

A survey about how I am feeding my fictitious baby, a survey I am unable to complete at this time.

I also received the Father's Day issue of Parent magazine, which I've received for 5 years now, because they are the parent publication of American Baby and I kept getting offers for a year for $1. How do you say no to that?

I am going to be REALLY PREPARED when Mystery Baby finally comes. I have been studying for YEARS.

And, I can laugh about it. I didn't cry when I got the survey, I took a picture. Because it's funny in a way, and I wonder what all these marketers are going to do when we finally do have a baby. I hope they have a lot of coupons lined up for us... I guess my mail's demographic doesn't quite match with my reality. Not yet, anyway.

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17 comments:

  1. There are always more coupons. Don't you worry a minute about that. ;-)



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    1. Thank you! I am sort of worried that they will dry up, but feasibly if I keep giving them to my friends with infants now and they keep getting used, then we'll keep getting more, right? :)

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  2. You have an AMAZING attitude about this, Jess. Your mystery baby is going to be so lucky in the parent department!

    Just as a thought (not that you don't have a zillion things on your plate at the moment), but you could always donate your expired coupons. I have this page bookmarked from when I used to try to coupon, and it seems almost serendipitous, given what today is. :)

    http://thekrazycouponlady.com/coupons-for-military/

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    1. What a lovely idea for expired coupons! Right now I am giving coupons to friends who recently had a baby, but I'm sure I'll have some they can't use. Thanks for the link!

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  3. I am so impressed that you can laugh about it. Shows how well you are healing and clearing.

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    1. In a way, I feel that I don't have much choice but to laugh, or I'd be drowning in my own tears. It really did make me laugh out loud when I opened it, and then I got my phone for the photo opp. Ha. Maybe it's not so much healing and clearing as a dark sense of humor... :)

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  4. With Lori. Very impressed you can laugh at this. It's a good sign. Still shaking my head at these marketers though.

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  5. I agree with the others. I'm so glad you're able to laugh about this. A wonderful attitude.

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  6. I agree that you do have the best attitude. You are beyond prepared to be a mom, and I am hopeful that your preparation will come in handy some time soon. <3

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    1. Thank you! At some point we have to have all this come in handy, right? If it doesn't, what a waste of an amazing (entirely theoretical) knowledge base! Thank you for the thoughts!

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  7. I agree with Traci. You do have an amazing attitude! There are a lot of women who write about these things & I want to say: "Oh my gosh... why are you setting yourself up like this? Can't say 'no' to a $1 subscription to a parenting magazine? Yes you can!" But you seem way ahead of the game. In fact you're making a game out of it for your own amusement. Fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! I waffle on whether or not to cancel the magazine at this point, since I stuff them in a drawer until marathon reading-and-snipping-and-bindering sessions when I'm feeling really up, but I almost feel like if I cancel it it's some kind of bad hoodoo. Which probably isn't too healthy, but whatever. I love the magazine though--solid advice and adoption-friendly so far.

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  8. Oy -- so painful. You do have a fantastic attitude. I keep getting baby coupons because I buy gifts, and it kills me when they come. I run them over to a friend's house to get them out of mine.

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    1. Thank you -- I knew my dark humor would come in handy as a coping strategy, ha. I keep hoping I can use my coupons to buy the stroller, but we're saving that for when things get a little more real, or we have a day when we need to go do something baby-related to stay rooted in things. Smart idea to get them to someone who can use them and have that emotional dig out of your house.

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  9. Your attitude is amazing - taking something painful and laughing in its face. Hoping for the demographic/reality to match soon.

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  10. I was sure I commented on this! Ugh, was my response, and joining with the others in commending your attitude. Don't let the b@$#@&%$ get you down!

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