Nearly 9 years ago, when my first baby was a few days old and I was shattered with lack of sleep, horrible pain from a bad latch progressing to mastitis, and severe post-partum depression, I stumbled across Tracy's book in the bookstore. That book gave me the start I needed to begin reading my baby, even though she turned out to be not-textbook in pretty much every way there was, at least behaviorally and neurologically and to a degree, medically.
At about two months of age, desperate for help with the naps, I turned to Google to try to find Tracy herself - which I eventually did - I stumbled on the BW forums. Now, 8-1/2 years later, with no babies left in the house or on the way, I'm still there! I've learned so much from Tracy and from the forums. It's been a place to get information about sleep. It's where I first heard of reflux in babies, and where I found the courage and strength to bully Josie's doctor into seeing her and finally treating her. It's where I've learned about different developmental stages, and about how Spirited can still encompass a wide range of behaviors and even personalities. I've gotten some good resources here for Josie's issues as well, and lots of food for thought to help me "keep it real." It's where I found information about learning, and nutrition, and safety, and preschools. It's where we can discuss DH's and AF's and nobody bats an eye.
It's been a safe place to discuss my depression and meds and supplements - or lack of them - without judgment. It's where I've come for a long time to get help and support even for things not strictly related to childrearing, where I know I'll always find a shoulder to cry on or a crew of people to happy-dance with me. Lots of BW's have come and gone, and maybe - MAYBE - someday I too will finally move on, but not any time soon if I can help it.
So thank you, Tracy, for your book, for your forum and community. I shudder to think of what my life would be like now had I not been guided to your book that otherwise awful depression-ridden day, and eventually here to the BW boards. I think it's safe to say that that moment saved our sanity.