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Play Dates Are The New Happy Hour

Before I had a baby, hanging out with friends meant going to happy hour or trying out a new restaurant.  There were no time frames or logistics to think about, no laundry list of must-bring items to tote along.

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve been inducted into a club that I had no idea existed…”The Mommies Club”.  It’s a club where play dates are the new happy hour and any plans made revolve around nap time.

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Even though I’d never really given much thought to what my social life would look like post-baby, I now completely understand why “The Mommies Club” exists.  It’s pretty much the only way to maintain sanity as a mom and I’m so thankful for it.  Before I had a baby I worried that I would become boring and my social life would be over and I’d never be able to leave the house again.

Some of that is a bit true.  I don’t get to leave my house as often for nights out on the town, but thanks to “The Mommies Club” my social life is far from over.  In fact sometimes, I feel like I have more full days on my calendar than I did in my pre-baby days!  That’s not to say that these hang outs entail anything super exciting, but that’s the beauty of having other mommy friends, you can just hang out with your kids and do nothing exciting together.

There have been days when I was banished to my couch nursing for hours on end about to lose my mind, when I’d receive an invite from a mommy friend to come hang out.  Of course this just meant I was invited to come over to her house and nurse for hours on end, but at least I wouldn’t have to do it alone.  This is something I didn’t really understand before having a baby.  Getting together with friends requires a bit more planning now – nap times schedules are factored in and there are a plethora of items to pack and nursing schedules to consider, but thankfully other moms get it.

This is not to say that I don’t hang out with my baby-less friends anymore, because I do.  It’s nice to have them around to keep one foot rooted in the real world where conversations don’t revolve around feeding and sleep schedules.  But honestly…I kind of enjoy having these kind of conversations now, mundane as they may seem to the outside world.  Whoa!  Who am I?

I’m a mom, that’s who.

 

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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