There we are on a Sunday evening and a question crops up regarding the little man. He is our first; this means we are flying by the seat of our pants when it comes to this parenting thing we find ourselves doing. The question doesn't warrant A&E or a call to the on-call doctor but the worry, stress and panic builds. Sprout and I differ in what and how we panic. Calm I may be but once he starts it becomes infectious and I will head in the same direction shortly after. I work hard to maintain a calm exterior as there really is no point having two headless chickens about the place.
Who can I ask and hopefully get some kind of answer? Google was the first port of call; the answers were neither here nor there and didn't fill me with confidence. How about Twitter? In our time of needing information I turn to the group of people on my timeline and in less than 140 characters ask my question. I wait somewhat impatiently and hope that someone responds.
Please? If I can chat to someone in the very, very early hours of the morning then 8pm on a Sunday should be good right? Three retweets later and replies start coming in. This is what I love about Twitter. Those that offered support and reassurance were kind and sincere in responding to the Mummy that was worrying. One lovely lady even went so far as to look for an answer and send me a link; I felt overwhelmed at such generosity of spirit and I was truly touched. The panic subsides as I read that what is happening to Munch is not a curiosity or something to worry unduly about. I ask more probing questions as is my way and I come away with explanations and understanding.
To think, I joined Twitter at the start of the year as a way to keep myself from falling asleep during the night feeds. In a mere seven months, I have gotten to know a whole group of people; some from places I've never heard of; some that I may never meet face-to-face but I feel a sense of belonging and community that I've found has eluded me in my real life. To each and everyone of you that I've had the pleasure to interact with on Twitter - thank you. You have enriched my life in ways I never thought possible and I hope I return the kindness that you've all shown me.
For me, Twitter is a beautiful place which brings warmth and laughter amongst the tears and hardships we share.