• June 24, 2007

    OK, you made ME cry!  And yes, I think that little bit of comfort from a stranger can do wonders.  We need those moments and need to remember to share them with others.  I still remember the time a pregnant young woman broke down in a Target dressing room and I had to talk her down.  I didn’t know her from Adam but at that moment I knew I had only one purpose in the world and it was to assure her that everything would be OK, that she wasn’t fat, that her baby will forgive her and the world would settle, pinky swear. 

    So yes.  I believe him too.  He’s so not wrong.

  • June 24, 2007

    I remember the feeling well…I know you don’t need another piece of advice, but if he gets a bit grunty again, take him out in the night air, or in a steamy bathroom…makes it so much easier for them to breathe…having gone thru it with 2, I wouldn’t know what to do with a full term baby!

    If you need any other help or talking down, let me know mama!! I owe you one or two!

  • Erin
    June 24, 2007

    I absolutely believe God uses regular people as his “angels”... I’ve had those kinds of experiences myself. smile

  • June 24, 2007

    I, too, believe in angels here on earth.  I’d believe that nice young man, 100%. 

    Take good care.  You have many here who are thinking of you and wishing you and your little pumpkin all the best.  xoxo

  • June 24, 2007

    That barista…that’s the kind of angels I believe exist, too.
    Praying for more angels to come your way…

  • June 25, 2007

    That gave me chills and goosebumps. And also made me want to switch my drink from Venti iced white mocha to what you’re having.

  • June 25, 2007

    *hugz* I remember when J caught his first cold 3 days out of the hospital.  He was miserable.  Though he was a full-term babe, I was still seriously worried.  We ended up at Urgent Care the next day to get strange looks from the doc and be told, “It’s a cold.  Keep him warm and well fed.  He’ll live.”  As I told the doc, “I don’t “f” around with colds and newborns, thank you!”  I hate how they tell you, “Watch out for this and that and blah blah blah…” and then when you call them on it, they act as though you’re the most parinoid parent in the world.  Anne

  • June 25, 2007

    Best post ever…..seriously.  After being there, telling the doctors my baby had stopped breathing, being sent home, it was in fact all ok (and I pray it stays that way). 

    Your spirit and your writing make you one of my angels.

  • June 25, 2007

    Just a note of comfort, my friend had a similar experience…many sleepless nights plagued with worry and panic.

    prayers and love and support from friends and family got her through those times.  I pray we can all help you cope and give you the quiet strength you need to get through it too.  XXOO

  • AmyM
    June 25, 2007

    Beautiful thoughts.  I hope you continue to draw strength and comfort from the encouragement of others. I do believe that God makes your path cross with others for a reason.  (Don’t you wonder when you have been that bright spot in someone’s rough day?) smile
    Keep using that mama’s intuition with your children!

  • June 25, 2007

    YES, that’s exactly it! They freak you out and then when you go there they think you’re on crack. I was told he’d be in the NICU if he got a cold before 2 months and here we are with a cold. But apparently they meant “if he has a fever or a COUGH…” They really should specify these things.

  • June 25, 2007

    This is the best thing I’ve read online for a really long time. I love what you’re saying here. You are so eloquent on 2 hours of sleep!

  • June 25, 2007

    I do believe that sometimes the right person and the right words find us just in that moment we need them the most.

    Lovely, lovely post.

  • June 25, 2007

    I was going to send you yet another email, but I wanted to post this directly on this post.

    Mrs., Flinger,

    We are kindred spirits. Our children are connected in so many ways and again, I find myself in tears as I read your post. I know so many people say that they understand, when they actually don’t, but Mrs. F- I TRULY DO UNDERSTAND. And I can tell you this: all will be well.

    I am Agnostic in faith. I don’t know if there is a God. I don’t know about heaven, or hell, or angels, or miracles. What I do know is that when things get really bad, when life seems too much to handle- strength and hope come from the most unexpected places. And sometimes, that is all we need to help us exhale. Please know that I am exhaling with/for you because sometimes knowing that you are not alone works wonders.

    Lot’s of love and hope,

  • June 25, 2007

    What KristinaBrooke said?  Ditto.  I, too, was raised Catholic and have the same outlook as you, but you say it so much better and more succinctly than I.  Life is funny - you get what you need when you least expect it sometimes.  Or, like when you’re in the market for a new car and suddenly all the cars on the road are the very car you covet.  Or when you want to be pregnant, all the women around you seem to be pregnant.  Or, when you really need some encouragement, it hits you smack between the eyes in the form of a barista.  yep, life is funny.  And that’s what makes it so cool most days!

    I have every confidence that both you and Baby O will be just fine.  You’ll eventually get some rest, and he’ll shake this cold or whatever, and then he can move on to growing into a exasperating 3 year old that will make you freak out all over again.  It’s the circle of life.


  • texasbelle
    June 25, 2007

    It is so amazing when complete strangers can help like this and it always reminds me that there is also goodness within humanity.
    I’m glad you found another good person especially when you needed one.

  • June 25, 2007

    Awwwww!  Lovely story!  Thank you for sharing that.

    I think my son spent more time in the the ER in the first year of his life than most people will spend in their entire life.  They probably thought I was the world’s most paranoid mom but I pretty much think it’s better to be safe than sorry.  I hope your little one is feeling better very soon!

  • June 26, 2007

    I couldn’t agree more. 

    It’s a scary time.  But you and Baby O will be okay.

    And the sleep deprivation…when you start seeing the flying monkeys it’s time to take folks up on the offer to help and let them watch the baby while you sleep.

  • June 26, 2007

    Beautifu; post.  How wonderful that the right person was there when you needed it.

  • June 26, 2007

    Even if he wasn’t and angel, he sure was a great human being to be so sweet. 
    I believe him too.

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