This whole blog thing has been great therapy for me. I don't have time to go see a shrink (or a dentist or a gynocologist for that matter,) so that has been a nice alternative for me after the kids go to bed at night. Writing on this has often times been cathartic, creative and enjoyable. By putting what I say "out there," it has allowed me to think things out big and small that are normally jumbled up in my head along side my grocery list. The one thing I never really expected to learn was that there were people in the blogosphere who would not only read what I write, but care enough to occasionally comment on what I say. It has been reassuring to know that I am not always alone when it comes to my doubts in my ability to parent. I haven't had the opportunity to get much hate mail since I don't think I really write about controversial topics, but, you never know. All in all, it has been interesting and fun to communicate with people to whom I have a lot in common, yet we have never met.
One individual who frequently responds to my posts is Jenette. After reading each other's blogs, we realized that we live quite close to each other and have written emails back and forth trying to figure out when we should meet because we think our kids would play well together. Jenette was also such a great help to me when I asked her for advice on local preschools. As a teacher, she was able to give me really good advice on what I should look for in a preschool. I NEVER would have asked the questions I asked at the open houses I attended had it not been for her. As a result, I think I have applied for some really good preschools for my daughter, and I hope she will get in to one of them.
To say that Jenette is going through a tough time is an understatement. After a couple of years of trying to have a second child, Jenette got pregnant last fall after a couple of months of fertility treatments. This week she found out that her child has Potter's Syndrome. Simply put, the baby's kidney's never developed. Because of this, there is no amniotic fluid. The baby will not survive. Jenette and her husband have been placed in a terrible and heart breaking position.
Go. Visit her site and give her some love. If you know someone who has been through this, maybe they can give her some advice.