Something that I thought a lot about when I was trying to get pregnant was how much the other people in my life also wanted me to get pregnant. I was desperate for it, for myself and my husband, but I also felt badly for all the other people in my life that weren’t getting to experience the joy of being an Aunt or a Grandparent. Like it or not fertility doesn’t just involve the people that would be parents. So it makes sense that, now that we have become parents, it’s also a bit more a of a shared experience than I’d always like. You find that you are often parenting in front of others. You know, people always have opinions, about everything. Babies included. Maybe especially babies. They want to make sure you are doing the best for them. I have been around family A LOT this summer and sometimes it was a little annoying having to field opinions I disagreed with, or sometimes feeling judged, even for doing good things for my baby. But… Then I’d watch as Bean Sprout lit up at the sight of those people. Or how when he was crying and wouldn’t sleep they sang to him in the dark with a guitar. Or how, without needing to be told, they knew that he likes head hugs (where you lean heads together). And I was grateful. Because, agree with all those opinions or not, this is what it’s about. Everyone having the experience of this tiny babe. I am so glad, for all of us, that we can have it!