We love getting to know our community better. What you like, what you dislike, who you are. We've learned from talking to you, there's a lot to enjoy by meeting everyone!
Today we're talking to forums user elleru, because of her amazing story. She was so dedicated to our site that she posted on our forums while in labor. And she even bought something too! That's the sort of loyalty we like to promote, and so we decided to ask her a few questions. Ten, to be exact. And she was pretty willing to show off her new baby as well.
Doesn't he look nice in that dish? We've got ten questions with Ellen, right after the jump. See you inside.
1) Who are you? How long have you been a Wooter? What brought you to our attention?
My name is Ellen and I am a thirty-something stay at home mom (or SAHM for those of us who also happen to be obnoxious). I have two children, a three year old daughter and a three month old son. I've been a Wooter for about three years. My husband's boss told us about the website. He lured us with a fantastic tale about a 'bag of crap' that could be purchased for just a few bucks and was almost guaranteed to contain a flat screen tv. Talk about bait and switch (as my junk drawer full of future white elephant gifts can attest). My first purchase was a food processor.I was so impressed with the quality and price, I've been hooked on Woot ever since. While in labor with my son, I visited woot.com around 3 in the morning and posted a comment on the website.
2) WHILE in labor? Sweet Jumpin' Christmas! Tell us about that.
I was still at the house, waiting for my husband to come home from working the night shift. It's a good thing he came home when he did, otherwise who knows what else I may have purchased on-line, not to mention I was totally unprepared for a home birth. I only had 3 pots of water boiling on the stove, and surely that's not enough.
3) Did you buy anything while having your baby, or did you just surf the forums?
I did end up purchasing the baking dish. I honestly think I wouldn't have done so if I was of sound mind and body. After all, I didn't need another baking dish (although this particular one is a thing of beauty, if you're into that sort of thing). I think part of me was resentful that my husband was away from home and I was going through some pretty intense pain alone. I sure 'showed him a thing or two.'
Big sister Alison looks on responsibly
4) Was Dad posting as well? Or did he just pace and smoke 50s style?
My husband was not posting on the website during the labor process. He wasn't even functioning as a normal human being. When I called him to inform him that my contractions had started I calmly said, "I think you should come home soon." However, what he heard me say was this: "GET HOME RIGHT NOW - I AM ABOUT READY TO HAVE THE BABY - ON YOUR SIDE OF THE BED!!!" In his panic to get home, he didn't even take the time to untie his boots. He used a pocket knife to cut the laces. Imagine his surprise when he found me at home, leisurely surfing the web, mildly uncomfortable every four minutes or so.
5) We're gonna assume it was all worthwhile. How big did your baby turn out to be?
The baby arrived weighing 8 pounds 3 oz. As to whether or not it was all worthwhile, it's a bit too soon to tell. I think I'll be able to make that assessment when he's 18. So far, so good.
6) How often do you visit us? Will you bring your kid up as a Wooter?
I visit woot.com everyday. It very conveniently refreshes at 10 pm pacific time. So it's usually the last thing I do before going to bed (I'm sorry if that is TMI). On a side note, we've gotten my husband's grandma hooked on Woot. I'm not sure how old your oldest wooter is, but I bet they can't have too many years on her.
7) Let's just get right to the point: what's your cutest baby picture so far?
I've taken about a billion pictures of my kids over the past 3 years. And I'll be the first to admit, they are the cutest children EVER. I'm not sure where they picked up the 'photogenic gene' because every picture of their father and me looks like it could be a mug shot. A celebrity mug shot, maybe. But still.
8) What did the doctors/nurses think about your surfing? Did you introduce any of them to the site?
I wasn't on-line while at the hospital itself. But we did tell the nurse that active labor brought on an on-line shopping spree. She didn't seem too surprised, so maybe this happens a lot? If I were in your marketing department, I would think of a way to capitalize on this phenomenon. Woot.com logo hospital gowns and IV bags perhaps?
9) What was the worst part of your labor?
I was lucky in that I had a very easy pregnancy, labor and delivery. But, naturally, there were a few less than pleasant issues. The hospital bed was uncomfortable and my OB told absolutely horrible jokes after the delivery. I remember sarcastically telling him, "wow, labor and a comedy show" and then feeling horrible about my snarkiness afterwards. But I imagine in his career he's heard worse things coming from expectant moms.
10) And finally, did you consider Mortimer or Monte as a name?
The names Mortimer or Monte never came up during naming discussions. But perhaps, unconsciously, they had an impact. We chose the name Milo for our son.
Congrats to Ellen for her growing family, and her great taste in websites! And hey, keep in mind we still want to learn more about you. Done something great? Something ridiculous? Something Woot-related? Let us know! Maybe next time, you'll be the one answering the next ten questions!