I also called my mom and pretended I was okay, even though i wasn't.
and then, a tender mercy came in the form of my sister's email. she said a lot of things that i needed to hear, but one thing in particular i thought i would share: i think i need to tell you just how grateful i am for you and your example. you are wonderful and i know that God is so so grateful for you raising two beautiful daughters.
and there it was. a confirmation that my sacrifice meant more than sleepless nights and tantrums.
and then cora gave me a five-hour stretch last night. i feel like a new woman.