If there is one thing I have learned in the 6+ months of being a mom, it’s that a support system is invaluable.  I don’t know how anyone out there could do this parenting thing alone, especially as a mom.  I’m not talking about just having your husband there to help you with the baby, I’m talking about having people behind you that know what you’re going through.  You need people to vent to, to cry to, to laugh with.  You need women.  I have so many women in my life that mean so much to me because I can go to them with anything and they understand immediately.  I can send a text message that says SOS HELP ME BEFORE I JUMP OFF A BRIDGE WHILE ON FIRE AND DIE A FIERY DEATH (not an actual text message, maybe…) and they are there to lend an ear in an instant.  This help is so necessary that if I didn’t have it, I’m not sure I’d be a functioning human being in society.  I became a mom when so many of my cousins and friends became moms that we really are all in this together.  Charlotte’s godmother has a 4 month old, one cousin has a little boy who is 5 months, my other cousin has a 2 year old and an 8 month old, and yet another other cousin has a 2 year old and another on the way.  One of my best friends has a 16 month old, my other friend had a baby 3 days after I had Charlotte, my neighbor has a son 3 weeks younger than Charlotte, my aunt has my 7 year old godson and my 3 year old cousin, and my sister in law has my 4 year old nephew and her new little guy that is 3 months old.  Do you see what I mean?  LOOK AT ALL THE BABIES UP IN HERE.  There are working moms, stay at home moms, nursing moms, formula moms.  We are all different and yet going through the same things.  We have babies who sleep and babies who don’t sleep (cough cough Charlotte), husbands to complain about (sorry) and pictures to share.  We are deep in the trenches of motherhood and getting through it together.  To all of you ladies, you know who you are, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You are my women.  I know I can come to any of you, with anything, and you are there for me in an instant and for that I am eternally grateful.  You have helped me with the baby blues, nursing problems, stretch marks, family drama, bringing me food, giving me love, giving me advice, just checking in to make sure I’m still alive and haven’t jumped off a bridge, telling me that Charlotte will sleep one day (liars), and just generally being AMAZING.  I love you all so, so much.  Women really should rule the world.

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