Monday, 3 October 2016
why i was wrong when i said i didn't need mum friends
When I was pregnant I insisted that I didn't need any more friends.
My husband suggested we sign up for NCT classes to meet other expectant mums and dads. I wasn't keen. I already had enough friends and many of them were mums anyway. I didn't need any more friends.
My husband was persuaded not to sign up for NCT by the prices! I'd won. We weren't going to make any new friends. And I didn't need any more friends.
Or so I thought.
Then my baby arrived and I suddenly realised that I really really did need mum friends.
When you're a new mum, everything is scary and confusing. Having friends who are going through the same thing is such a relief. Having friends with whom you can share stories of explosive nappies and advice over cures for first colds helps make it all a little less daunting.
When you're a new mum to a tiny new human who needs feeding at all hours of the night, it feels like you're the only person in the world awake while everyone else is sleeping. Having friends who you can message at 3am and actually get a reply from, is comforting.
When you're a new mum, on maternity leave and at home all day on your own with a new baby, it is lonely. Having friends who you can call on for a coffee and a moan makes it all the more manageable.
Making new friends is scary at any age but when you're already in the throes of new motherhood, it can feel even more daunting.
Fast forward three months and I have a lovely circle of new (and old) mum friends.
You can read the rest of my post and how my mum friends have helped me during the past three months over at Selfish Mother.