"In a way, she makes it easier for me. Because she-and-I-together, well, I know how that goes. It's-easy/it's-lonely/it's-playful/it-sometimes-stings, but it's a familiar sting. The pain of sitting with a group of typical moms and typical kids, listening to conversations ebb and flow... that pain is different, surprising, and I never know where the unintentional jabs will come from: a lament over a child's refusal to stop climbing on the furniture, a comparison of new favorite toddler snacks, or the sharing of the silly things that little kids say. There's nothing for me to contribute to those conversations, as I long for climbing and typical foods and toddler conversation. It's easier for me to keep my distance."
Read the full essay here, on What to Expect's "Word of Mom" blog.