I am being compensated by Splash Creative Media on behalf of Life360 to write this post. The opinions contained within are mine and mine alone.
I was both blessed and cursed with the “good fortune” of quick labors with my two boys. I know it seems cruel to complain when many women endure hours and hours of hard labor…I have never experienced that and am very grateful. However, is it possible to see how my quick labors could be scary, too? With Buddy my water broke, so I got to the hospital a couple hours before he arrived…my mom missed seeing me before delivery, even though it only took her 40 minutes to get there. Little Guy? I was only AT the hospital because I was “feeling heavy and off” (my words). My pain on the pain scale of 0-10? It was only a 1. I was walking around the hospital room waiting to be discharged because it was “obviously very early labor” when I felt 5 minutes of intense pain and Little Guy delivered himself without a OB in the entire hospital. I think the poor nurse who was assigned to me is still recovering from that incident.
Based on my prior experiences with childbirth, you can understand why I am panicked that I am going to either (1) deliver Baby #3 at work, (2) deliver Baby #3 in the car with my other two kids present, or (3) deliver Baby #3 anywhere besides where I have planned my delivery as I try to locate my husband. That’s where the free app Life360 comes in. Have you seen it, yet?
Life360 allows me to figure out where my family members are, without having to wait for a response to a text or phone call. So my, “OMG.gotta.go.to.hospital.now.where.are.you.pick.up.your.phone” call to my husband can be solved by just checking the map on this handy app. Instead of waiting and waiting for his response, I can just pack the kids in the car, head on over to his location and pick him up (“Surprise, honey! Better make that burrito to go!”). When it comes to delivering this third baby, I am going to be all about efficiency.
Although I am mainly using this app to find my husband when it is “go time” and to locate a hospital if I am out of town and go into early labor, I think Life360 will be essential for keeping track of the boys as they gain more independence and are out at the movies, driving around with friends, or whatever teenage boys do in their spare time. Instead of impatiently waiting for responses from the boys to my “Where are you?” and “Let me know when you get there.” requests, they can use Life 360 to check in discretely (We wouldn’t want to embarrass them by making them call mom, right?) and I can use the app to make sure they are where they say they are. We’ll talk as a family about how the app will be used, but it won’t be about stalking my kids…it will be about building mutual respect by letting each other know where we are and that we are safe. It will work two ways, I imagine. I remember as a child worrying when my parents were late coming home – with an app like this, the boys will be able to see that I am in my office, on my way home, or that I stopped in town to grab us some take out for dinner.