There is a ridiculous amount of love swirling around these days. It feels like Ready for Air is not launching so much as floating out into the world buoyed by the words of dozens of amazing friends and writers who are raising it up. What a gift, people. I’m so grateful.
And the love continues. Today, the tour stop is at Tracy Morrison’s fabulous Sellabit Mum. Tracy is one of those people you want to know. You might even want to swing by her house unannounced or send her things in the mail. (Which could be creepy, but hopefully isn’t. But it might be.) Tracy is funny and irreverent, kind and generous. See, you want to know her.
Tracy wrote this today in her post:
I never expected to bring home a baby that weighed less than five pounds. One born way too soon. In my womb without fluid and sitting breech in a pike position. I never expected to have a baby who was too young to latch well or nurse for a long period of time. I never expected the tube feedings or being up all night and day for a month as I would nurse, tube feed, change a diaper, pump, wash the pump and repeat 8-12 times per day. I never expected a baby born with hip-dysplasia and in a brace for months – so public nursing was impossible as she had to be held in a football position. Cuddling was even harder, as was dressing her in cute clothing, and I just kept thinking “It wasn’t suppose to be like this.”
These are things I’ve never talked about. Because they all felt like failures somehow on my part and didn’t follow the perfect birth story that we all plan to have.
Amen, Tracy. I’ve been there. Which is why I wrote this book. So we don’t feel so alone. So we don’t feel like failures. Thank you for sharing some of your story with us!!
Please check out Tracy’s blog, and add it to your reading list. Thank you, Tracy, for being so fabulous!
* Also, I’m over at mamalode today, going live at 10 a.m. with “Primed,” a short piece I adapted from Ready for Air for their October “VENT” theme.