As a new mom, my social life changed dramatically! I was no longer free to stay late a work earning brownie points or to grab a drink with a coworker after a rough shift. With our baby – because we have a healthy caution for leaving our precious child with strangers – my husband and I decided that one of us will be home with her at all times.
While staying home was the right choice for my family, it left me craving adult conversation. I’d have the whole day to plan our weekends in my head. They’d be full of all the things, big and small, that I wasn’t able to do during the week with a baby in tow.
My husband would come home from working at an office and I’d have 101 silly stories and cute moments to share with him about my day with our baby. I would also be desperate for stories about the outside world. How’s the weather? How are your coworkers? What projects are you working on? We’d update each other on family and friends.
Now that our daughter is older and the weather is warmer, I am interested in playdates. Family, friends, coworkers, anyone I know with a child near my daughter’s age is on my radar. With little hesitation, I call people and ask them if they want to play.
While my child is still young, not walking or talking, we still enjoy long walks, people watching, mild activities at the playground like the toddler swings. I am convinced that she is enriched by her days at the playground even if she’s too small to play fully or keep up with bigger children.
I, on the other hand, am regaining my sanity as I talk with other parents. Sometimes, we talk about the children, their latest acquired skill and their current challenges. Mostly, we talk about ourselves and how we’re handling parenthood. There a level of honest that is easy to come to when talking to another parent because they’ve been there or will be there soon enough. The companionship of other parents with little ones is priceless.
What does this have to do with writing? Since I can’t write durning the day, I might as well keep my baby and myself happy by going on new adventures regularly. So, to all the people I have been on playdates with or will go on playdates with in the future, thank you for your company.
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This is a glimpse of my life as a new mom and writer.