Now, I'd like to discuss a little something called playdates. I recall my mom getting together with a few filipino friends with me in tow and playing with their kids but my mom wasn't a stay at home mom and I certainly didn't have weekly playdates with the same crew for my toddler years. Maybe that was just me or perhaps it's a shift in generations but playdates are among us and they are frequent and loaded with kids, not even all of our own! What started as Aimee and I meeting at our townhome complex and through library group with her son and my daughter grew into the addition of Sam and her daughter, courtesy of Aimee's introductions. Next, Aimee added another sweet little boy to her family and Sam is currently on her way to welcoming a little girl. The last piece to the puzzle seemed to be Kelly, who has her daughter Alyssa, her boyfriend's son Evan and the slew of children she babysits, but we mostly see Josh. I too took on babysitting again and, so, have added two infant boys to our crew. That is 9 children (6 toddlers, 1 crawler and 2 infants!) with one on the way to the 4 mommies. I'm sure that doesn't sound too wild but we are not the type that are arranging once a week gatherings at someone's house, so peaceful, so lovely. No, no, no.
I find it difficult to explain the exact range of emotions we, the moms, go through during these 2-4 times a week gatherings but I can assure you we go through complete mindless reactions, to controlled red-in-the-face rage, to laughing, to, "OMG.... seriously ..."
By the grace of God, truly, we always manage to show up with smiles and leave with smiles. Mostly because we are so endlessly grateful for the friendships (which seem so much more than that already complex word, perhaps I should call it momships ..) we have, the fact that we can go through what we go through together and that our children and the children we care for have a solid example of where strong bonds with others can take you! Mom on!