I have learned and grown so much and am a better, more confident and connected, and most importantly happier mother (with a happier DD and DH) for the things I've learned from Tracy's book and the ladies on this forum. I was so happy and lost and confused and overjoyed and scared and TIRED in the early days of motherhood. Having lost my own mother at 10, I had only my sisters to turn to, who were helpful, but also busy with their own families. When I had a (million) question(s) or was in tears at 3 in the morning, I had the forum and her books to turn to. I didn't post on the forum for a very, very long time, but learned and took and comfort in reading others' questions and the many responses, the FAQ, the interview with Tracy etc - the feeling of family on the forum and the openness and willingness to help others - strangers - struck me right away as being different from the other parenting books and sites. Even her writing, the tone of her advice, there's just something about it that was so comforting and reassuring and REAL - like a mother passing on her wisdom. I later came to understand that was exactly what it was - she wasn't MY mother, but it didn't matter.
I am overwhelmed by the gratitude I feel, and I am in awe not only of her knowledge and experience, but also to think of the many, many babies, mothers and fathers on whom she's had an impact. This forum is evidence of that, clearly, but I know there are even more out there (incl. the person who gave me this book who didn't know the site existed). She must have been such an amazing woman, an inspiration, and sanity-saver to so many.