No, but seriously... sitting at home practically all day with an infant is hard y'all. She is not yet at the age where we can play or do fun activities and there is a strict limit set on the number of errands I can drag her along with me on (as seen by her explosive tantrum thrown inside Baby Gap last Friday). I always rolled my eyes at the nay-sayers who said, "Ughhh, I could like NEVER stay at home with a baby all day - I'd be soooo bored!" (this quote is best read in a valley girl voice - at least that's how I read it in my mind) ;)
My argument, of which, was that I'm not really the type of person that depends on others for entertainment. I can happily fill my days by running errands, reading, working out, and testing out new recipes. The thing that no one tells you is that you can't really do those things with a newborn. I mean yes, here and there I might be able to read one chapter of a book or squeeze in a short trip to the mall, but mainly it's a lot of hanging around the house. And while Hadley is a pretty good napper, she won't take a substantial nap of any kind unless it is on top of Mommy, thus limiting my options even further.
So what does one do as they patiently wait for their child to be able to interact with the world around them? You find some other schmucks who are in the same stage of baby captivity that we are in to befriend. The ol' if you can't beat 'em join 'em method...
Though we have plenty of friends with babies in Houston, we have close to zero in Dallas (although to be fair, many of our buddies are beginning to breed...YAY)! We are starting to have to put ourselves out there to find some peeps who can appreciate our new lifestyle of early-bird dinner dates and having to peace out on outings early because if I don't go home RIGHT NOW my boobs might explode! The kinds of things only new parents can really appreciate.
Mason, Hadley, and I went out to dinner on Friday night (so far Hadley is a pro at being an angel baby when we go out to eat - praise the Lord for that) and we met another couple as we were waiting at the valet stand. They saw us walking out with Baby Girl in tow and started chatting us up about their 4 month old. We said our goodbyes as their car pulled up, but Mason and I were left wondering if we should have exchanged numbers. Call us....maybe!?!? :)
Then yesterday, Mason and I went to an informational meeting about joining a nearby church. We looked at the pamphlet of sunday school classes offered, one of which was for married couples with infants, which we are considering joining, even though that is soooo outside of our comfort zone. We are usually not pimping ourselves out for new friends, but for real, we are in serious need of some fellow parent amigos.
Am I there? Is this my life? Making laps with my City Jogger past the food court with these unknown ladies to keep my sanity? I'm not sure if I'm quite at the Mommy Mall Walkers of America stage. Are there any mom's groups who sneak wine spritzers in their water bottles and go for strolls down Greenville Avenue? Those are my people! Maybe I should just start my own group? Who's in? :)