I soon realized that at this point maternity leave was going to be sad experience. The only way to get around this was to create my own group. I mean surely I would be a social butterfly if it was my group. If I planned events in my area then the excuse of a long commute would be removed.
Thanks to Meetup.com I was able to get some great ideas and form a mommy group Scarborough Pickering Mamalicious Mamas. Almost a year later we have over 200 Mamas. Many going through the same predicament of loneliness.
We are all excited about being a parent, but were not really forewarned that sometimes it would be difficult to find other children for our little ones to mingle with, peer support and things to do. It's pretty exciting to know that we had Mamas participate in almost 200 events. I would like to thank the volunteer Mama's who host many of our outings.
Our group has evolved. We have new Mamas and Back to work Mamas. We are listening. Even though Moms are returning to work they still want to keep in touch with each other. They had lots of baby questions and they have now turned to toddler questions.
I'm excited about out first Weekend Mama event taking place next month on a Saturday. Any member can attend however it is a great opportunity for back to work Mamas to catch up with each other and for their toddlers to mingle.
We have accomplished a lot with the Mamalicious Mamas and would like to continue. We have some great ideas and are looking forward to working with businesses in the community.
I am back to work, juggling family life but excited about upcoming developments for the Mamalicious Mamas.