Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Since I was about, oh 4 months pregnant, I have been on a website called BabyFit. It has lots of cool articles about how to stay fit during and after pregnancy, advice on breast feeding, etc. as well as a way to log your calories, track your weight, record your workouts etc. It's a really useful little site and I found it invaluable while I was pregnant to help me watch my weight and really stay healthy.
An unexpected area of the site that I would never, in a million year, have thought I would find interesting/useful is the message boards. When you sign up, you enter your due date and they assign you to a message board with a bunch of other ladies who are all due the same month as you. I've never really been much into the virtual interaction thing, so I sort of just lurked for a while, reading posts as the titles interested me and so on. Once in a while something wierd would happen (because, well, being pregnant is sort of weird anyway) and I started to post questions. The answers were always so helpful and everyone was so welcoming that I started reading and posting more and more. Eventually, I started to think of all the gals in my "February club" as my close and personal friends - people I could say anything to and who I would try my best to help if they were in trouble. I've shared joys and sorrows with them and listened to theirs in turn. I've never actually met any of these wonderful ladies in person, and yet I have this very real connection with them.
What an unexpected and wonderful thing virtual communication can be.