2 days until I have a one year old.
2 days people!
Ready for the kicker? I have a family member who has NEVER congratulated me on the Jellybean.
Sent a "We're pregnant" announcement.
My parent's mentioned I had a baby. Via emergency C-section. Who was in the NICU for two weeks.
My nephew hand-delivered a birth announcement.
I sent a Christmas Card. As did my parents.
It's been almost two years since I've exchanged words with this person. I'm talking a CLOSE family member too. (In bloodline terms - obviously not through actions)
In sharp contrast - my neighbor down the street - brought over cards and cookies for us. She comments on all of my Facebook posts. Comes by to chat and see how my "folks" are doing.
My online friends have oohed and aahed over Jellybean from day one. Mind you I have never actually met any of them IRL.
This person I spent years interacting with.
Despite what other's may say - Blood is not always thicker than water. Sometimes the fact that there is supposed to be a stronger connection and loyalty there makes the case for separation that much stronger.
To me family isn't necessarily dictated by blood lines. I have people in my life who I consider family and care for as deeply as if we shared the same parents. One case - my ex-fiancee's (who is deceased) family. I don't care what anyone says - they are my family too. There is NOTHING I wouldn't do for them.
Many of my bloggy friends out there have been my greatest support system through pregnancy and mommyhood. That first year is rough. Shell sent me maternity clothes. Genevieve has commiserated on non-sleeping, booby addicted little boys. Tori has always been so encouraging when those breastfeeding session get rough. That is just a small morsel of support and acknowledgement I have gotten from so many. Seeing the care and compassion total strangers can offer you makes you realize that its okay if some people choose not to be a part of your life - when there are so many others who are choosing to be a BIG part of your life.
To everyone in my life - Thank you for being there for me. It means the world to me.
This post is linked up with Shell as part of Pour Your Heart Out Wednesdays.