They weren’t joking. It DOES take a village. Today Gigi and I traveled up to Orange County to have lunch with a group of women that I made friends with…online. Yep. Online.
Last year when I was pregnant I joined a “October 2014” expecting mom’s group in the hopes that I could get some advice re: stretch marks and car seats. A year later, I consider some of these women my dearest confidantes. I have truly made some great friends through this group. If this year has reinforced anything, it is how important family and friends are. And how important women are. Forget mommy wars. We have a mommy army. And it’s a powerful thing.
I lament the power technology holds over us quite regularly. We watch too much tv. We spend too much time on the Internet. And I know that in my own life, I am trying to limit my time spent focusing on some sort of screen. But I’m also grateful. My daughter was visiting her great-grandparents and grandparents this weekend and I was able to FaceTime her while she was away. It’s hard sharing time with her, but the possibility of that intimate connection helps and makes my day a little brighter. I can’t tell you what my mom group has done for me over the last year. Who else is up and ready to relate when I’m up at 3AM with a cranky baby? Motherhood is a tough job. I think the toughest. Having a support system in place is essential. I’m lucky that I found this group of women. I promise they have contributed to the mother I have become these past few months. (That’s meant as a compliment, just for the record!)