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My son Leo was born in Florida on January 24th, 2011. I was heading down to Florida for his birth the day before and was feeling pretty overwhelmed and excited.  A very good friend of mine, Cindy, said I might need some additional support during this time, and offered me a network called Tyze. She said it would help me connect with my family and friends in a dynamic yet private way. “Cool,” I thought, “sign me up!” Lots of people wanted to know what was happening—where I was and how things were going with this new babe.  I was pretty sure I’d be really busy being a new mom and the idea of creating and recreating emails and information to let people know what was happening would take a lot of time.  So, the “Mary’s Going to Be A Mom” Tyze website was born. What a godsend it was!! Leo’s birth was an intense, emotional time. Using Tyze helped me feel the extra support during a tumultuous time. I could let everyone knew when he was born, how we were doing and what was happening as we waited for Leo’s birth mom to sign off on his papers. It only took one Tyze message to let everyone know when we were finally on our way home. On the Tyze network, my friends and family had an opportunity to comment and send us well wishes.  It felt like one big love fest!!!  Everyone was so happy for us and excited to meet Leo. What I also loved about my network was that I was able to record everything that was happening. I can now look back to that first story and all over again feel the emotions of meeting Leo. I love that this information and history will stay available to me and to Leo too as he grows up, almost like a priceless digital scrapbook. I’ve now started to send out stories and pictures of Leo as he grows up. Whether my family and friends see Leo often or not they still feel connected to us through pictures of him and stories about the milestones he reaches. In a sense, our network will all know him as a little boy and what he is like through the years. If anything ever happened to me others would know of his life and who is he his.  I really love this aspect. It’s also really important to me that our story is private. I don’t really want to post pictures of Leo on other sites.  We have a big network but it’s secure and only for Leo’s members.  I don’t have to worry about his picture turning up randomly on the Internet, that doesn’t appeal to me. So, our network is now called “Leo’s Den”.  All the members love being apart of this online community and I love that everyone in it will know and love Leo as much as I do.   Mary  

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