Saturday night wasn’t a good night for me. After spending 3 solid hours trying to get Lilly to go to sleep (which included 2 bedtime stories, 3 separate rocking sessions, 2.5 bottles of milk and multiple tantrums), I was about ready to burst into tears from frustration. My arms ached, my back ached, my head hurt, I was on the edge of tears and I was feeling just a wee bit sorry for myself.
After Lilly finally fell asleep around midnight, it was all I could do to crawl under the covers, fully dressed, and try to lull myself into unconsciousness.
As I lay there, exhausted but feeling too overwhelmed to fall asleep, I heard my phone buzz on the night stand. So I picked it up and turned to Twitter, hoping to tweet away my feelings of frustration, guilt and self loathing.
I wasn’t really expecting a response, I don’t have thousands of followers after all, but I felt that writing it down and sending it off into the vast expanse of the internet would help me get if off my chest at least, and maybe I could finally fall asleep.
Not even a minute later though, I did get a response. A response that left me feeling overwhelmed for completely different reasons: overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for the love, support and understanding fellow mothers sent my way, like a virtual hug when I most needed it. It reminded me why I blog, tweet and connect online, it reminded me why I love the virtual community of mothers and parents of which I am a part.
We all need others around us who can understand what we are going through and how we feel: others who are (or have been) in the exact same situation as us. I know that the online mommy community gets a lot of bad press what with buzzwords like ‘the mommy wars’ and all floating around, but I for one am very thankful for the love, support and understanding this community is capable of providing. So thank you ladies for the virtual hugs (both publicly and privately given), and thank you for sending them my way when I needed them the most. My sanity owes you one.
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