A letter about love and trauma
This was written so beautifully. Thank you!
Beautiful piece, Mandy. And congratulations!
Congratulations! I am so happy for you!! ❤️❤️❤️
so thrilled to read this post. Congratulations Mandy.
Oh congratulations! I was worried and hoping for the best outcome for you! Ordinary days with ordinary babies is the best!
"Those final nights in the hospital, I’d wake up covered in a film of postpartum sweat and find myself overwhelmed by the web of love we had somehow woven around these tiny humans. No one had even met them yet—they didn’t even have names—but their very existence was contingent on such extraordinary levels of care." well now I am crying a lot
Woman! You cannot know how full my heart is reading this newsletter. You and Mark have been on my mind and held in my heart, along with what I hoped were two little humans. I was fearful to even write and ask you, taking your silence to mean something had gone wrong. Did you tell us they were here and surviving/thriving and I missed it? Either way, this is the best goddamn thing I have heard in weeks. Huge love to you, Mark, Roscoe and the kiddos. You did name one Jorja, surely you did? xoxoxoxo
Congratulations, Mandy! This is an amaaaaaazing story and I'm very happy for you and your hubs and your two babies.
Your ordinary sounds wonderful. Congratulations Again, what a happy surprise to see another letter.
This was wonderful. Good to catch up. Sending you all love! My little darling is 48. He was a grand little guy but we have been through many "times." My saving grace was, he brought with him what he needed to work through, as did I, and I did my best to facilitate him while carrying on my own journey. Toast to you, love. And love, as you see, creates a big field.
PS -- I have a photo of Trave squalling up a storm as I was unhooking my nursing bra.
Congratulations Mandy! Just in case, you probably know that bc women's reproductive health has a wonderful program for postpartum mental health. Best wishes to you all
So happy to hear this! Best wishes to all of you and I'm so glad to know that you're having ordinary days with ordinary babies!
Coward that I am, and worried about the precariousness of your situation, I was nonetheless anxiously awaiting word from you, hoping all would be as good as it now sounds. My heartfelt congratulations to you and Mark. By the way, I was unable to continue auditing CRWR courses at UBC—the 400 level is reserved for full timers, and the 200 level course I selected as an alternative was cheek by jowl in a large lecture theatre in an environment where UBC uses the honour system around vaccination, so I stopped attending—the prerogative of the auditee! But you're probably aware of the UBC situation—do you plan on returning after mat leave, if it's not rude to ask. You have inspired me to start my own substack, 'City Conversations,' which I am quite enjoying. As I have been saying for way too long, 'Take care and stay safe.'
Congratulations! I’m so glad for you.
So happy to read this, Mandy. Sending congrats (and wishing I could send sleep and/or Bourbon) to you and your fam, and as always, I’m grateful for the gift of your writing!
Congratulations..so very happy for all of you. much love.