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Birthday Buddies

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This story begins long before these babies were born.

This photo is my Gracie with her Birthday Buddy, Kostyn.

Kostyn's mom, Robyn, and I “met” on an online bulletin board for women pregnant with their first child. We were due around the same time, and we went to the same college. What's more, Robyn was a professional writer, a career I'd always wish I had pursued.

As the months went by, we and fourteen other women became dear friends. We'd never met in person, but we shared so much: morning sickness and health scares and ultrasound photos and complaints and both elation and anxiety about the changes imminent in our lives.

When our babies were born, we shared the tales of our deliveries and photos of our babies. We gushed together over each one, and we proclaimed babies born on the same day to be Birthday Buddies.

It's not overstating to say that these sixteen or so women were my link to sanity. I was an overly anxious and abnormally sick pregnant woman and then an overly anxious new mom. It helped to know that there was another woman to cheer me up or share my struggles during those days.

A few of the women in our group live close enough to each other that they were able to meet and develop friendships in person. I met two of them when they visited Washington, DC over Thanksgiving weekend in 2007. It was wonderful to put faces and voices with the personalities I'd grown to love so much.

Unfortunately, no one lived close enough that we could visit more frequently.

Until Robyn and her family moved to my city.

I couldn't have been happier to hear that they would be living close by. I think I even said something to that effect, which probably caused Robyn get an unlisted phone number in fear that I'd stalk her like a crazy person.

It took us a few months to get together, but we finally did. I can't speak for Robyn, but I'm so glad we figured it out.

I adore Robyn and her boys, and I know that Gracie does, too.

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It was after spending time with Robyn, Kostyn, and Evan that Gracie proclaimed I want a little sister.

She's been proclaiming it most days since.

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How could I blame her when Kostyn's little brother so clearly adores her?

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Happily submitted to Tell Me Thursday, Things I Love Thursday, A Thousand Words Thursday, Show and Tell Friday,PhotoStory FridayHosted by Cecily and MamaGeek, Beautiful Life Friday, and Friday's Foto Finish Fiesta

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45 thoughts on “Birthday Buddies”

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  3. I promised myself I was going to bed “early” tonight, but I stayed up waiting to read this post first. I’m so glad I did, it brought a tear to my eye. 🙂 And I’m SO GLAD we finally connected for real. I told Chris the story of Kostyn and Grace spontaneously petting each other’s hair during your last visit and said it was quite possibly the most precious thing I’d ever seen in my life.

    Thank you!!
    .-= Robyn´s last blog ..Pregnancy Swear Words: "41 weeks" =-.

  4. I promised myself I was going to bed “early” tonight, but I stayed up waiting to read this post first. I’m so glad I did, it brought a tear to my eye. 🙂 And I’m SO GLAD we finally connected for real. I told Chris the story of Kostyn and Grace spontaneously petting each other’s hair during your last visit and said it was quite possibly the most precious thing I’d ever seen in my life.

    Thank you!!
    .-= Robyn´s last blog ..Pregnancy Swear Words: "41 weeks" =-.

  5. Sounds like a great friendship! I like the new look! I’ve been gone for 5 days, so I missed it earlier.
    ~Liz
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Strawberry Bread =-.

  6. What a sweet post and great pictures! That is pretty cute that Gracie wants a baby sister now, uh oh Mama! She sure looks over the moon with Evan, too adorable! I’m loving your new blog look, it is very nice! ~Katie

  7. Sounds like a great friendship! I like the new look! I’ve been gone for 5 days, so I missed it earlier.
    ~Liz
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Strawberry Bread =-.

  8. How cute! That is so fun. I had friends like that when I was pregnant with my almost three year old. We never got together and I lost track of them but I still think of them! My Tell Me Thursday is here.

  9. How cute! That is so fun. I had friends like that when I was pregnant with my almost three year old. We never got together and I lost track of them but I still think of them! My Tell Me Thursday is here.

  10. What a sweet post and great pictures! That is pretty cute that Gracie wants a baby sister now, uh oh Mama! She sure looks over the moon with Evan, too adorable! I’m loving your new blog look, it is very nice! ~Katie

  11. What a fabulous story!!!! I do think most blog friendships are very real and when you finally get to put a face and real person to it it becomes something very special.
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Show and Tell Friday =-.

  12. What a fabulous story!!!! I do think most blog friendships are very real and when you finally get to put a face and real person to it it becomes something very special.
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Show and Tell Friday =-.

  13. Awwee how sweet. Will you be planning for another baby sister or brother ?

    Blessings in Him<
    -Mary
    .-= Mary @Raising 4 Godly Men´s last blog ..Show and Tell Friday ~ I Found A Treasure =-.

  14. Awwee how sweet. Will you be planning for another baby sister or brother ?

    Blessings in Him<
    -Mary
    .-= Mary @Raising 4 Godly Men´s last blog ..Show and Tell Friday ~ I Found A Treasure =-.

  15. That’s really neat that you made such good friends via internet and have kept in touch. Even neater that one of them moved close and now it’s not just online!
    Antoinette

  16. That’s really neat that you made such good friends via internet and have kept in touch. Even neater that one of them moved close and now it’s not just online!
    Antoinette

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