If you've ever been a member of a birth board then you'll know how close friendships develop as you wait out those long hormonal and exciting months comparing everything from symptoms to due dates and debating anything from car seats to breastfeeding. My closest friend from that time is Jess. We still stay in touch today through Facebook, emails, and IMs. She's pretty cool... she and her daughter, Taylor, once sent me a surprise packet with colorful Washington state fall leaves they picked up on a walk for me after hearing me lament on the lack of any colorful trees in Houston like the ones I had in Tennessee growing up! She answered all my baby questions and the "does he need to go to the doctor?" or the "why won't he sleep?" questions I had every single day. She has 4 of her own! She cheered me from afar when I got my CI and was really struggling those first few weeks. It's hard to describe how close you can be to someone you've never met but know better than some of your own friends, but that's how it's been for us!
Jess went on to create a Zazzle account designing posters and t-shirts when our babies were really babies to earn extra income for her growing family. She is now in a Zazzle contest for holiday invitation cards. She created a cute one! I know this is normally my cochlear implant blog....but Jess has been such a good friend to me over the last few years, I wanted to do something for her. If you would take just a minute of your time and vote for her card, I would really appreciate it! Jess rocks, and I hope she wins! In advance, I thank you for any votes! :)