Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mom Dates

We have lived in Salt Lake City for a year and a half now, and I am finally feeling settled & established.  It has been much easier to make friends with this move, because we have Liam.  Moms just love to meet other moms; they do!  However, I'm a rather shy person around strangers, so it can still be a process.  Making friends is just like dating.  You start out in a group setting perhaps, then you start up a friendly conversation...  Realize, hey I really like this person... You wonder if they like you too...There's that awkward moment when you ask for their phone number and say you should get together again...  Maybe you try to find them on social media instead.  You get together again, hoping the honeymoon phase isn't over... Eventually you hit that level of comfort and bam! you're friends!  Sounds fun doesn't it.
I have always been active with La Leche League, but those meeting are only once a month so it's incredibly difficult to establish any sort of relationship with that kind of frequency.  Nonetheless, I loved those monthly meetings & being surrounded by like minded moms.  Then I heard that there was an LLL playgroup, and that was a game changer!  The Salt Lake playgroup gets together almost twice a week (usually one playdate & one toddler hike) which has quickly busied my schedule!  I just love this group of women.  Spending my mornings with them and their little ones makes me feel like I am living the stay-at-home-mom dream!
As if this playgroup wasn't enough, one of my friends Bethany told me about an Attachment Parenting group that also meets monthly and has playdates as well!  They also hike, camp, get together for yoga, and just enjoy all the beautiful outdoors that surround us here in Utah!  I love having deep discussions with other moms who parent very similar to me.  Being able to relate with one another & empathize with each other has made for such a tremendous support system.  I feel lucky to know these women & to be in a city that brings us together!
Today we spent about 2.5 hours in the mountains.  Liam hiked a bit, and rode on my back for a bit.  He watched some squirrels chase each other,  and talked about all the wildflowers.  Ate some snacks, and shared some snacks.  Nursed a couple times, and then played peek-a-boo with a new friend!  The sun was shining & the temperatures were relatively cool due to the high elevation.  We've already filled our day with excitement and it's only nap time...


I look forward to many more days like today!

5 comments :

  1. This is the sweetest! I love days like this! Isn't it so nice to be able to meet up with other mama's to allow your child to socialize and for you to make new mama friends???

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  2. Mama friends are the best!!!! So glad you guys had a great day!!

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  3. It's so great to be able to make friends this way! We joined a MOMS club and I've met some really great friends who just happen to have kids Noah's age and stay at home :). We've joined the same group in our new town and I've already met some great women. The way you described the "dating" process is so spot on! Glad to hear you've met some new friends and are having some great play dates because of it!

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  4. So glad you founds wonderful group of mama friends. That's the best feeling! Utah looks SO beautiful!!! Love that scenery!

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  5. What a beautiful trail, and such a fun play-date!

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