Excuse me while I ramble on a bit. I need to post a little shout-out to some special people in my life. As a few of my friends sometimes say: I have all the feels right now.
Throughout my life, I have never been one of those people with a lot of friends but I have been very lucky that the ones I have are really awesome. Honestly, I am not sure if the word awesome really describes them. There isn't a word in the dictionary that could come close to how great these people really are.
They are always there to cheer me on and to bring wine when necessary. They call me on my sh*t and push me to be better. And, when I am in a crisis, and a phone call won't cut it, they drive the hours it takes to get here and show up on my doorstep.
So, really, it should not have come as such a surprise as to how helpful they were after Olivia was born. But in a way, it still was because a lot of days I feel like I don't deserve them. I have watched them step up time and time again and I really can't believe I have them in my life.
My friends set up a Google calendar with Rich's travel schedule for work and they each signed up to stay with me while he was gone. Sometimes this was on the weekends but it was mostly during the week when they would have to use vacation time.
Others brought food or cooked us meals. They did my laundry without asking. They cleaned my kitchen, organized my linen closet, and vacuumed my floors. They walked my dog.
Those that couldn't visit texted, called, and sent food. They listened to me tell the truth.
No, everything is not perfect. She screamed for three hours last night. I am exhausted.
But what helped the most of everything: They kept reminding me that I was doing a good job.
I am not the only one who lucked out, though. Olivia now has a great bunch of beautiful intelligent aunties to help guide her through life. Some children may only grow up with one role model. With this group, she has a whole lot of them.
With all of their help over the past few months, I keep wondering how I could ever make it up to them. I am not sure if I can. But they don't expect anything in return. These are no-strings-attached friendships. That is just what we do for each other. We show up.