After my post the other day, a couple of you emailed me and asked how I found things to do with Emily. It was hard, let me tell ya. I never thought staying home would be hard, I thought it would be rainbows and unicorns....well, let's just say it's not. But I'm learning to step out of my comfort zone a little and I'm finding my way and figuring it out (sort of).
Let me start by saying, we keep E on a nap schedule. I know a lot of moms don't do this and that is awesome. There are days I wish I didn't have to keep a schedule so we could just up and do whatever we want but Emily has proven she does much better with a schedule and I'm not about to mess that up.
When we moved here I was lucky enough to meet Emily's physical therapist (I'll just call her J) and I got along with her really well right away. Her weekly visits to our house were my favorite day of the week. I got someone to talk to and Emily got a work out and slept great afterwards- win, win. J was my first friend here and we have hung out on multiple occasions with our kids. She has introduced me to some other SAHM's in the area and that has been great.
Babycenter- This is when I had to step out of my comfort zone. I'm a social person (or I used to be), but I'm not very good at meeting new people. I often feel insecure and I think this has gotten worse since having a baby and staying home with her. It's like I've forgotten how to socialize or something. So I had to put aside my worry and just put myself out there. It has paid off. I searched the site for mom's in my area and I found a message board for the larger city near me. I posted a note there and asked if anyone was from my smaller town. I heard back from two mom's right away. One living in the same town as me and one from a town about 20 minutes away. I set up a breakfast for the three of us to meet and it went really well. We have had multiple play dates together since then.
Meetup- I looked on this website for mom's groups. I found two groups in cities further away from me and I have yet to go to any of their outings, mainly because of the timing and distance from our house. Mom's Club International also has a website that I checked but there were no groups in my area. They asked if I wanted to start one but I'm still up in the air on that.
MOPS- This is a mom's group for kids of any age even though it stands for mothers of preschoolers. They are usually found at churches, but they have a website and you can search for one in your area. Again, I haven't been to one of their meetings yet because they are during Emily's morning nap, but I think I will try it in the future since there is one close to my town. At the one here, the moms hang out together and the babies are watched in another room by volunteers.
Kindermusik- My favorite. I saw a link to Kindermusik on the MOPS website and I checked it out. It's a music class for babies, toddlers, any age really. There are different classes for different ages and Emily LOVES it. I used to have to drive about 30 minutes to get to the closest class but the teacher has since opened one about 10 minutes from my house and I couldn't be happier. I think this is Emily's favorite thing to do. She has gotten so much out of interacting with the other babies and she loves her teacher so much.
Story time at the library- I searched every library near me for story time over the summer because our towns library didn't have one. I tried two different libraries and they just weren't worth the time it took to drive there. I was excited when I saw that our local library was starting story time this fall, but it hasn't been a big hit for Emily. She wants to crawl around and play and this story time is more sit and listen to the story....not gonna happen. Hopefully when she's a little bit older we can go back and enjoy it.
Gymboree- there is a Gymboree about 40 minutes away from us but we haven't been yet. It's kind of expensive and I was waiting until Emily was a little older. I would like to try a class soon now that she is crawling around and active but I'm just not sure it's in our budget. I've heard good things about the classes from other moms.
YMCA- Most YMCA's have mommy and me swimming lessons or a babysitting room where you can drop your baby off while you work out. We went to mommy and me swimming lessons over the summer and Emily loved them. I need to check back for classes this Fall.
That's where I'm at now. I'm always looking for things to do so if you know of any organizations or groups for moms and babies let me know!