Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mommy and Me

Obviously, when I found out I was pregnant, I was ecstatic! I mean, who isn't excited about having a baby?
During my first trimester, I spent most of my free time napping or feeling absolutely exhausted.

So, once I entered my second trimester, I was able to spend some time in front of the computer without falling asleep at the keyboard. That is, after I dealt with packing, moving into our new home, unpacking, etc... You get the gist.

I began spending a lot of time researching anything "Mommy and Me" related. I think I was a little worried. Afterall, we are 1400 miles away from family and I only have 3 friends down here with children. Two of them have 18 month olds and the other is the mother of four, ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years. I was really anxious to connect with moms, especially first time moms, who were going to be delivering around the same time I was.

I discovered The Baby Center Community. It's a great place to join groups and hook up with other moms and moms-to-be on message boards. I have joined three groups: Pregnancy, Houston Mamas and February 2010 Babies. It has been great to find other women going through the same things I am right now.

I've also looked into other various "Mommy and Me" outlets. I've found a Yoga center about 5 miles away that offers Mom and Baby Yoga, starting when baby is 6 weeks. I would really love to spend bonding time with baby and also be able to workout. Along the same lines is a great workout endeavour called Stroller Fit. These are all over the country and there are quite a few in my area. You take baby and meet up with other women to work out. They walk, and also workout with baby in the stroller. They also offer different cardio and pilates workouts. I think these would both be a great way to meet other mothers close by.

I've also found a few "Mommy and Me" groups on meetup.com. These are formed by mothers and other ladies join with their children. Outings, play dates, girls' nights, etc are planned by the members and it seems like a fun way to meet other moms and children. I've found a few groups in our area that I am interested in joining. I want to wait until I have the baby and he/she is a little older before I join a group though.

I am excited that there are so many options available for moms today. I have a feeling that many women feel trapped once the baby is born and need an outlet and outside support afterwards, especially when you don't have family close by to rely on. It's such a big change in our lives and it's nice to have others around who know what you are going through.

Has anybody else joined anything similar to what I have mentioned above? What did you think?
Any other ideas or suggestions on ways to meet new moms and babies? I'd love to hear from you!

~Emily

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