The unique thing about our little group is that we are all from different backgrounds and careers, with one common bond-LABOR PAINS! I'm pretty sure the men would shudder if they entered the room during one of our graphic birthing re-enactments. We have even been known to argue over whose breast milk tastes better. And yes, these arguments get heated!
The awesome thing about this group is that we all use our talents to help one another.
Maria Aiello is our freelance graphic designer and Younique makeup consultant. Maria is responsible for designing the Saving Jason postcards that I push in people's faces. She also has the answers to all of our beauty questions. The gem even did a youtube video for me when I asked her how to get that sexy messy curl in my hair. It's done with a straightener! Who would've thought.
Kristen Gilzean is another fellow mommy-I actually met this happy-go-lucky positive gal when she came bouncing into my house, bubbling with smiles, to take photos of Emily June at four months old. She is a photographer and a damn good one. She has pretty much done ALL of our babies' photos and she is who I went to when I was told that I needed a headshot for my author bios.
We all pass along outgrown diapers, clothes and toys and look after each others babies as if they are a sibling to our own little munchkin. We motivate each other while we take the strollers out for a run. We travel in pacts when we exercise and other walkers may feel a bit intimidated by the parade of strollers approaching, yoga pant-clad mommies, armed with snacks, bottles and toys.
When I was torn over leaving my job to stay home with Emily and write, I presented my case to Maria and Kristen and they gave me honest advice. They even decorated my house with balloons and signs, congratulating me on my last day of my "real job."
The entire group consists of about ten of us. Ten different personalities and ten different babies makes a whole lot to chat about in the two hours that we designate for "playgroup" each week. It's just nice knowing that someone, just minutes away, knows what your going through, will let you vent when you are haggard from being up all night with a cranky baby or lend you that amazing teething tool that does wonders. I'm lucky to have this little community and I'm pretty sure that we will be helping each other navigate our way through the toddler years, the testy tween times and the dreaded teen years.