the importance of a good mama friend

people say all the time it takes a village to raise a kid. i think, instead, it takes a village to raise a mama. we need other moms to bounce ideas off of, complain to about our babies sleeping habits and celebrate little milestones with. it definitely helps if their baby is the same age as yours.

i met one of my new mama friends at the public library. our babies are the same age (just 9 days apart!) and they play together so incredibly well. they’re both hitting all the same milestones at the same time — walking, babbling, playing with blocks. and the best past: his mom is awesome.

she’s my age, lives nearby and is always up for hanging at the library or in the living room. our conversations don’t go too deep. they can’t: we have kids to wrangle, puffs to hand out, dog bones to take away. but it’s perfect. a friend to have a cup of coffee with — and a friend to help mila to get out some of her energy!

people give so much advice to new moms. coupled with the million baby apps that send us tips everyday, it’s total information overload. and most advice is not one size fits all. every baby is different and every parenting style is, too. but one tip i do think is universal: find a couple good mom friends. have coffee, go to the library, invite them over. it feels good to have adult conversations with someone who responds in complete sentences — most of the time ; )


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he's a culinary institute of america grad in medical school. she's a journalist, who prior to their meeting, used the oven solely for storage.

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