Friday, June 3, 2011
My mothers group
I cannot begin to describe the amazing, supportive role these women and their babies play in my life. Many other mothers have said how they only really click with one or two women in their mothers group, but ours is made up of the best chicks a gal away from home could ask for. We all get along ridiculously well, and I feel a real bond with these women. There's no judgment, no bragging, and no "one way of doing things." It's an opportunity that we get each week, to talk about the highs and lows, the challenges and milestones of being a mum.
In the absence of family, these women are the best stand-ins I could have ever asked for. We meet at a different mum's house each week where we sit around in a circle with baked goods and coffee and put the kids on the floor in the middle to play with each other. We can just be ourselves. We don't have to straighten our hair (or even wash it. Or even shower for that matter!), or put on our best clothes and pretend that motherhood is a breeze. Cos it ain't. Some of us meet up and walk there in our trackies and caps, covering the hair we haven't washed in a few days. Some of us have bags under our eyes from sleepless nights, others on the day are full of energy from (finally!) a good night sleep.
We ask each other and share advice about anything from nappies to introducing solids, to breastfeeding, to constipation (the babies, not us (-:) Out of the 9 babies, we have 8 beautiful boys and one gorgeous girl. We don't claim to know everything, yet we share what we do.
I cannot tell you how much I'm going to miss our weekly sessions when we move. This is the biggest thing I'm going to miss about living in Wang. I just hope I can come back from time to time to visit, as I know I can just rock up and pick up where we left off. They're just that type of group.