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Going to Texas to meet my electronic friends


Dear electronic friends I haven’t met in person,

A la Bonnie, I too am going to post a little open letter to the universe toward you.

I have my baby with me. Yes, he is big. No, he will not take a bottle. Yes, he will spit up on me and I will wipe it off my arm with my dress, possibly flashing you. Yes, I will be wearing a dress mostly because I cannot bear the squeeze of clothing postpartum. No, he does not sleep in a pack n play. Yes, he nurses all the time. I might flash you with the upper body parts doing so. I’m sorry if he screams on the airplane, in the hotel room, in the bathroom, in the conference, or any other time. I can’t help it.

I love to meet new people. I promise not to glom onto you, though, so don’t worry if I chat happily for a few minutes with you. I may knit at the same time we’re talking. I’m making blankets for my etsy shop to pay backwards for these trips. You may not like to gab with a knitting, baby wearing mom. If so, sorry again.

I cannot successfully put my hair in a knot top bun without having the front look flat and greasy. If that’s all I could muster in the hotel bathroom while bouncing my baby before coming down to the conference events, I’m sorry. For you, that is. I’ll just be glad it’s out of my face. And my glasses are very bent. Every time I take them in to get refitted, my kids hit me in the face again. Sorry.

Are we supposed to press our biz cards into people’s palms when we meet them? Garner their twitter handle and have that be the new electronic biz card? What’s the protocol? If we’re bloggers, we’re already tooting our own horn constantly to the whole universe. What’s polite in actual physical company?

You probably know way more about social media than I do, and probably know many more important internet life people (bloggers) than I do. Don’t be afraid to name/electronic jive drop; I’ll just smile and nod along as if I know what you’re talking about.

I love to talk about birth, labor, parenting, breastfeeding. If you ask about my birth, I will tell you. Beware if you don’t actually want to know. I also promise not to judge your birth, parenting, breastfeeding, etc. It’s a wide world of differing choices that are all good.

Yay! Very excited to meet you, Edel Gathering & The 100 Event!

Very truly yours {sign off of my fav law professor},



  1. Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas on July 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I cannot WAIT to meet you!

    • Natural Mama Nell on July 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I can’t WAAAAAAAAIT! Hahahaha

  2. Amy @ Motherhood and Miscellany on July 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I keep finding out about more people who are coming to Edel! I am excited and nervous to meet everyone in person, and also wondering, like you, what is the face-to-face protocol? I don’t have business cards, so I guess I’ll just chat with you and not care if you’re knitting or nursing or flashing or whatever. I think it’s a no-judgement zone 🙂 Looking forward to meeting you!

    • Natural Mama Nell on July 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Hurray, Amy!!

  3. Nancy on July 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I am so excited for you–and jealous! We will have to get together after you get back. I’ll want to hear about everything! Safe travels!

  4. Caitlin on July 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

    So very glad to meet you today! Just the breath if fresh air I needed at the airport!

    • Natural Mama Nell on July 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      It was such a delight to meet you, Caitlin! And little D. Thanks for the sweet company!

  5. Bonnie on July 27, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Nell, I loved your boob, feeding your baby. Gosh, we would be such good friends if we were neighbors, even though my family eats McDonalds way more than we should. 😉

    You were l-o-v-e-l-y. Perfectly so. We were all smitten.

    • Natural Mama Nell on July 27, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Oh you are so hilarious and sweet. We will have a Midwest get together and that’s all there is to it!!!!!!

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