It was dark and I was bleary eyed with sleepiness as I rocked and nursed my daughter. Her sweet face was illuminated by the soft glow of my phone as I used my 140 characters to send a desperate plea into the universe for more sleep: "Will I ever not be tired?"
I was still nursing when my phone softly pinged a minute later with a notification that someone had responded to my Tweet. It turned out to be another new mother, on the other side of the country, also up nursing, also longing for sleep: "God, I hope so. I'm right there with you, we've been up three times tonight."
Since that night, Twitter has been a place where I regularly connect with other moms, women who I now consider real friends. I go there first when I need mom advice from topics ranging from potty training to nap regressions to getting a picky kid to consume some actual not beige food. I post pictures that show just how totally cute and wonderful I think my kids are but I also post when they are driving me slap out of my mind. In those moments when I see my notification screen fill with other women saying they understand and making jokes about their own kids driving them crazy, I feel like I've found my tribe.
Parenting can be tough and lonely sometimes (it is, of course, wonderful and amazing too) which is why I think the internet has been such a blessing for modern moms. I suspect that is why this website is as popular as it is. We all long to connect, to hear the stories of other women trying to figure out this whole parenting thing, to not be judged when we have a bad day or when we get post happy and share 100 pictures of baby's first steps.
I'm @wendyrmonkey on Twitter and even though I'm not usually up in the middle of the night these days, I'm still grateful for the other members of the Twitter nursing club who kept me sane when I was.
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