Momma B and I spent the weekend with said best friends, N & J, in Sonoma. Good times were had by all wine tasting, conversating, eating, shopping, and yes there may have been a couple of drunken nights involved. It was relaxing, without pressure or discomfort, and one of those experiences that leaves you smiling for months afterward.
I've honestly never had friends that you go on trips with together. This is an entirely new experience for me and I loved every minute of it. It was a weekend of enjoying each other and learning more and more about these beautiful women. There was no stress and little talk about TTC - and when we did it was full of hope and renewal. It's wonderful to have someone near you that is going through similar experiences. Makes the entire TTC experience easier knowing the people you have available to you to lean on during the rough moments has expanded.
Now, you may or may not remember that I do a daily meditation CD from the wonderful people at Circle + Bloom. I recently found out they developed an app for the iPhone and have been getting some great inspiration from the daily quotes and journal entries. Today's entry for CD6 talked about visualizing everyone in your life around you and realizing that relationships can create stress which in turn can of course indirectly affect your fertility. It included an exercise to picture only those that provide unconditional love and support during this TTC process. "For those that give you positive energy and make you feel good about yourself and becoming a mother, you can see that 'string' between the two of you become stronger and more energized." As I sat and looked around the table at the three women sitting with me after reading those words, I couldn't help but smile and tears pricked the back of my eyes. That is exactly what this weekend did for all of us: strengthened and energized the bond between us. All of these women are my cheerleaders and my rocks. (I can only hope to give as much and more in return!) Who would've thought this weekend and these women could also positively affect my fertility?!
This weekend was one for the memory books. And these women are now firmly ensconced in my inner circle alongside Momma B. Thank you, Blogland!