Notice the crusty right nostril in this picture? See the tiny scratches between the eyebrows from where he'd been attacking his face when he was itchy from a rash that came up at the end of his fever? This is real life. It's not all "buckets of cherries," as Stacie says.
Not long after we came home with Abe, Ted had to be out of town for almost two weeks. I thought I wasn't going to make it. The difficulty was just knowing that every diaper, every nap, every meal, every booger needing wiping was all on me, all of it, all the time. I complained about this to my friends ad nauseum (sorry guys) but not much here on the blog because I was afraid of sounding ungrateful for the place we are now in our lives, a place that we didn't come to easily.
Stacie reminded me today though of the importance of remembering not just that life isn't perfect (and certainly parenthood never is) but mostly of how much we need each other. We need the support and friendship from people who are a step ahead. Having this can make all the difference. I consider Stacie and so many other blogging moms to be in that community for me, and I thank you for your honesty. Now, go read what she had to say.