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From: LEAVEN, Vol. 36 No. 6, December 2000-January 2001, p. 116
I have the privilege of working with a lot of mothers of twins. Yesterday, as I vividly described my daughters' weaning to a mother over the phone, she inquired "And how old are your babies now?" When I told her they are now 17, she gasped, "But, you don't sound any older than me!"
My favorite calls are the ones in which I hear a trembling voice, the mother near tears because the new baby is waking up at night or wanting to nurse every two hours and everyone is telling her something is wrong. Hearing that this is normal changes the voice, changes the confidence of that mother. A small miracle! My reward is knowing that moment of empowerment can last through many long nights and many pieces of well meaning advice.