My darling friend Julie welcomed sweet baby Claire this summer. I hope I’m supportive of all my friends with babies, but I try to offer especial compassion to mothers having their fifth. I don’t want to be insensitive to those who desperately want more children– my own sister is aching for another, cute Mary is aching for her first– but I want to honor Julie and her husband for the love they offer and the sacrifices they make for their children. As a society we tend to be extremely supportive of first time parents and even second and third, but by the time a family has five babies, everyone seems to say, “ah, they’ve got this down.” For me, that was when I needed help the most. I’m grateful to you, Julie and Joel, for raising these beautiful little people; you make the world a sweeter place.