I think now, many of us new moms are so focused on being independent parents that we don't reach out. Sure, I don't have the option to call my mom to watch Lincoln when I need to run an errand, but I think I could have done a better job of asking for support instead of trying to do everything myself. Lincoln is very attached to Lucas and me--and I love that--but I think it is also important that he build relationships with extended family/friends/other adults. We do participate in play groups and he has stayed with a good friend a few times on his own--and he's been fine. And when we have gone to visit family, they have watched him while Lucas and I have gone out to a movie or dinner. And that is great. But it is still different from the "it takes a village" thought in that he hasn't really established a standing "relationship" from being watched every so often. (of course, grandparents are different--we do our best to keep their relationship with him fresh through Skype, saying nite-nite to their pictures, talking on the phone, etc.).
I think all this rambling is trying to say that I would like to start building more relationships for Lincoln outside of our little 3 person home. As much for me as for him! We can all use support and I think that has been hard to accept...but now that I see it not so much as giving up independence as building a community, I think it will be easier. And Lincoln loves being around people--so I think he will love it. So--if you are already a part of our community, I guess you can count on us reaching out a bit more in the future...hope you're up for that : ) I mean, how could you resist this face:
*if you read all this, you deserve a medal. late night ramblings....always fun : )