Driving 6 hours is SOOOOO worth it!

Today I drove to Richmond, VA from Chapel Hill, NC and back just for lunch...and it was soooooo worth it! I got to spend face to face time with Kelly and Karen who I've met through blogging and various triplet message boards. I felt like I already knew them but now I feel like I've known them my whole life. These ladies are incredible. If you have not visited their blogs, you must. They are inspiring women, hardworking women, loving women, and above all incredible triplet mommies. Like Karen said on her blog (she beat me to posting first about our afternoon!) it is just so nice to spend time with other HOM moms, because they just get it, they've been down many of the same roads as I; from infertility, to treatments, to triplet pregnancy, to preterm birth, to NICU stays, to dealing with depression, to breastfeeding/pumping/feeding issues, to general logistical issues with triplets...and no matter what else we've been through or experienced along the way, no matter how we live our lives individually, there was absolutely no judgment, there were no unwanted opinions or advice, just open, honest, compassionate conversation and understanding. Oh, and did I mention they are both hilarious with a capital H???
The most wonderful part about today was after we'd already sat down and been chatting for a while, I excused myself to use the ladies room and realized that Zoe had already come up in conversation (after barely 5 minutes) and she had come up so naturally. It wasn't forced, it wasn't awkward...it was just talking about my kids...not my child who died. I can barely describe in words what this was like for me because it has rarely, if ever, happened since Zoe died. Karen and Kelly were just so compassionate about our loss, but didn't pity me...there was no look of "thank God that's not me" in their eyes. Thank you ladies, for a most wonderful afternoon. I honestly think I could still be sitting outside on that bench with you just talking and talking and talking! I hope we can do it again sometime, some way before we're too old to travel!!!
Jess...we missed you and I really hope our paths will cross sometime soon!


the schirano triplets said...

oh my gosh, how fun! i am so glad you were able to meet up with them for lunch...they are 2 of my favorite triplet mommy bloggers! :)

Dorinda said...

Keira -

I'm so glad you got to hang out with Karen and Kelly - they are both great triplet moms :)

There's a lot of triplet moms here in No. VA/MD - next time you're here we'll all come down and give you a really big hug!

Always praying for you and thinking of you...


Kelly said...

Keira! Your post made me cry, lady! I loved our day and only wish it could have gone on longer. I'm so glad that talking about Zoe was such a natural part of the day for you and, well, all of us.

Jessica said...

Oh Keira!! I'm so glad that you ladies were able to make the day so memorable... I'm just so sad that I wasn't able to make it out there with you all... I do so appreciate you sending that shout out to me though! You rock! I know that someday we'll be able to meet...hopefully sooner rather than later!!

Karen said...

Oh, Keira, I miss you already! I wish you lived closer, but we'll definitely do it again the next time we can! And if I ever make it down to worship at the temple of the nectar of the gods, by golly, I'll stop by to see your cutie patooties in person. :)

Jessica said...

Hi Keira,
I just got a chance to visit your blog and with tears I read all about Zoe's life. You have captured everything so beautifully.

Candace Hickey said...

I am happy for you that you got to spend the day with those woman. Just wanted to say again that I think of you often and pray for you all...love the Zoe tribute...your little angel.

McTriplet Mommy said...

I was just thinking about you guys and wanted to say hey. I think about Zoe all the time and pray for your family. Hope you are doing well.

Take care,

All time favorite video of Zoe!

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