The Prenatal Picture, now where were you when I was prego? Only a dream then, but now a dream come true for expectant mommas. Almost, now let me put great emphasis on the almost, makes me want to “go for that baby boy” just so I can experience this awesome treat for the expectant family.
I stopped by Mary’s office to check it out, and it was so welcoming and happy. Not like the cold doctor’s office with the cold table and tiny monitor where the technician has to point with the cursor and label your baby’s head, butt, arm,etc. Mary has created a spa like atmosphere with a soothing fountain, dim lights and a comfy sitting area. The viewing room is more like a theater room that my husband could only dream about! Momma can recline back on a pillow topped table and let Mary do her magic and voila, your baby is projected on the big screen for you and your loved ones to see while sitting on a couch; just like the comforts of home without the popcorn!
As I was leaving she had some expectant moms with their loved ones coming in for their appointments. The excitement in their eyes was felt throughout the room. They were minutes away from viewing their baby 4D which is so incredibly close to how baby will arrive when due. Now, you may think that this is a service that only the super wealthy can afford, oh but that is not true! The Prenatal Picture has a mid week special (Wednesday only) that is only $120, which includes:
20 minute 3d/4d Ultrasound
1 DVD set to music- 10 black and white photos
1 Picture CD
1 free year access to customizable baby website and mommy pack
They also have other affordable packages, just check out her website!
Mary is a dynamic lady that is one smarty mom! Enjoy as you read on about Ms. Mary and her blended family.
Smarty Mom: Mary Lacey
Married to: Bob Lacey
Child(ren):My bonus- Landon (26) and Ally(24) Bob’s Bonus-Madison (13) & Hampton (9)
Years in Charlotte:32
Occupation: owner of The Prenatal Picture (3d/4d ultrasound facility)
What is a typical day like for you?
Wake up at 6:00 am and get breakfast made and lunches packed, I take everyone to school around 7:30, come home and clean up dishes, put a load of clothes in, head to the gym, shower and off to doctors offices or The Prenatal Picture office to see some of the many amazing families that come in each day. I rush to pick up kids by 5:30 then home to make dinner (we have a full, sit down dinner every night in our formal dining room- this is very important to me) then homework, baths, tv time and lights out by 9:45 because Bob is up at 4:45 am to get to the show by 5:30 am.
Tell us about your journey creating and owning The Prenatal Picture.
I was working in private practice as a clinical therapist and got frustrated with paperwork and sadness. I decided to dedicate my life to continue helping women but in a happier, more fun environment. The idea of a four dimensional
prenatal ultrasound was just coming out and I was amazed by it. After much prayer, doors began to open and the transition into business owner was effortless. I went back to school and soon after, opened The Prenatal Picture in 2006.
Biggest challenge you face being a working mom and how do you overcome?
The biggest obstacle is managing work with kids activities. There are so many activites that take place between 3-6:00 everyday which is the best time for most couples to come in for an ultrasound! I do alot of carpooling and depend on girlfriends and my husband to chaffeur my kids around!
Favorite place to eat with your family/ lunch with girlfriends?
I LOVE 131 Main. They have the freshest salads and their meats are so tasty! The beautiful cocktails after 5 don’t hurt either!
Favorite activity to do with your family/kids?
We love to ride the light rail uptown and walk to a restaurant, go to Discovery Place or walk the busy streets. We always see interesting people and events and they always have plenty of questions.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I will still have The Prenatal Picture but hopefully one of my kids will be running it while I enjoy some time with my husband. I’m really hoping one of Bob’s girls will have ten babies by then for me to babysit!
Something most people don’t know about you?
I am also a licensed private investigator and I do work in the evenings helping women gain more knowledge on whatever it is they want to know.
I could not live without….
my husband. He is my rock and the world would be a much scarier place without him.
Thank you Mary and we can’t wait to find out more about your PI business. I am sure you have stories to tell!!
Reading your site and listening to all the positive comments on the Bob and Sheri show I feel inspired to become a similar type mom. As a recently divorced mom and with 15+ years as a professional public relations specialist, I’ve been struggling to find the right position suitable for my family. I’m curious as to how you became a private investigator and the challenges and opportunities of this career. I would love your feedback and ideas or comments.