Friday, 27 July 2012

Mummy love

For me, one of the unexpected highlights of becoming a mummy has been getting to know other mummies. 
Photo by scribbletaylor: http://flic.kr/p/5RNMph
Like most women, I was gossiping with friends over a latte before I could walk. I haven't looked back since.

After cutting down on caffeine while I was pregnant, I am definitely making up for lost time now. Thank goodness for my mummies in crime who are always up for an afternoon coffee, caramel slice and chat about the baby problem du jour!

Whatever stage of motherhood you’re in, I think it’s important to have supportive people around you who can relate. I’ve found there are plenty of places to meet other likeminded parents, such as: antenatal class, the day care centre your kiddies go to, fitness groups, organised Mothers' Group or community support groups. You’d be surprised how parents with prams at local parks or out pounding the pavement will gravitate to each other – so next time, just say hi!

It can be daunting putting yourself out there to meet new people, but I've found it’s always worth it. I remember walking into my local community centre for the first Mothers' Group session with first-day-at-school nerves, but soon realised we all shared the same anxieties and everyone was looking for friendship and support just like me. Seven months on, our Mothers' Group catch ups are still one of the highlights of my week and I’m sure we’ll remain friends for many years to come.

As well as being amazing coffee companions, this week I discovered my mummy friends have other talents. After accidentally slicing off the top of my finger (ouch!), I was able to call on a fellow mum in the same street to help me with the baby and provide moral support while I was at the doctor. Bless her!

No need to feel sorry for me – this little bandage means I can’t do the dishes or any other household chore that involves water. Lucky hubby.

I’m looking forward to lots of entertaining and socialising this weekend, what are you up to? Hope you have a good one!


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