The reason why I didn't get around to posting the book review is because we attended our very first MOPS meeting yesterday morning and somehow the rest of my day ended up being very unproductive.
MOPS is Mothers of Preschoolers in case you have never heard of it. No, I don't have a preschooler (and yes, I was the only one there who didn't have a child preschool age), but I am a stay-at-home mom who longs for some adult conversation and to put on "real" clothes every so often. I've been asked by several "what do they do?" and I had no answer before yesterday. Basically, it's a support group for stay-at-home moms.
And now some of you are laughing about a support group for stay-at-home moms.
One thing I have learned this past year, is that being a stay-at-home mom is not all it's cracked up to be. I had this wonderful fantasy that I would spend my days taking care of my sweet baby, my house would always be cleaned, I would spend hours doing crafts every day, and dinner would be homemade and on the table every night....
Wasn't I a fool.
I would be lying if I said this last year has been bliss and I've enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, there have been days that I've called David crying and begging to go back to work.
Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to stay home with my child. Regardless of those bad days, I do tell my husband often, thank you for this opportunity. I understand that it's not for everyone and not everyone can afford to stay-at-home, but for me personally, I could not imagine not being home with my child. I completely realize what a gift this is.
But, even with that...being with your child 24/7 can be Mentally EXHAUSTING!!!
I very rarely get a break from her. Even though David is a big help when he gets home for work, she still see's me as her caregiver and most of the time, isn't happy unless I'm doing for her. She usually just sees daddy as a playmate. Which I completely understand.
Also, being a stay-at-home mom to a very small child can be very lonely at times, especially with my husbands crazy schedule. People wonder why Nicole, Amy, and I have become so close in this last year. Well, since our husbands work similar schedules, we've come to rely on each other because if not, we all three would be sitting at home alone majority of the time. When mom's say they are longing for some adult conversation...they mean it!!!
So, through a new friend, we got hooked up with the local MOPS group. They meet once a month for a general meeting, a girls night out, and a playdate. So, I'm excited to start getting involved next month. The part I loved the most about it was that the moms came from all different backgrounds and varied in age. The older I get, the more I appreciate differences in people.
This is the newest adventure we're jumping into and I'm excited about it. I'm sure I'll start posting about our activities once they start.