I chose to be a stay home momma about two years ago, the summer before my ds was off to first grade and my dd had just turned 18 months. It was a decision that took much deliberation, and finally convinced myself (first) and my husband (second) that it didn’t make any sense to basically work to pay the sitter. At the time, I was mid-career and making good money, but daycare for 2 kids was and I’m sure still is complete insanity. I had never thought of myself being a stay home mom, even though I adore my kids. I was kind of freaked out, to tell the truth. I didn’t know ANYONE with kids!!! But one of my biggest assets is that I like to plan. And so I did. And I researched. and I planned some more. And then I found….chat forums for moms online. Whoohoo. Now, I think this was about the greatest invention. How else would I have met other moms? I could have gone to the neighborhood play ground, which I did, but even though I consider myself an extrovert at times, I get nervous about approaching people I don’t know. Besides, no one really goes to the play ground by my house. So, you see, chat forums were my God send. I went from knowing not a single person who had kids to having a calendar filled with play dates. But the greatest thing is that I’ve met other mommas that aren’t the mom jeans wearing kind of peeps either, we just needed to find each other. So I am a little sappy about it, whatevahhh. The thing is that it’s kind of weird when people ask you how you met and you say “online.” It just seems kind of creepy to say that, but it isn’t at all. Anyway, I will be forever grateful to the information highway for introducing me to some great fellow mommas. Cheers.
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