The Importance of Community and Support
One of the biggest blessings during this crazy journey of motherhood so far has been the community I have found around me. Motherhood can feel very isolated at times – especially in those rough newborn days. However, a solid support system of family and other moms gave me the encouragement and the laughs to get you through the ups and downs of motherhood.
There are different types of communities that you can lean on – the moms you can reach out to when you need to get out of the house, the moms you can text in the middle of the night to commiserate over bad sleep, the mom who has the same outlook on feeding their baby and you need some extra support, and the mom who’s there the laugh about the stupid mom brain thing you did today.
I have been so fortunate to find a friend for all these scenarios and they have been a major lifesaver during these early months. We’re all just figuring out motherhood right?
Where to Find It
It can be hard at first to find those “mom groups” – where do you find them? How do you convince yourself during those newborn days to go and get out of the house?
There are a couple ways to find that mom community you’re looking for:
- Hospital Groups: Most hospitals have a new mom support group and/or a breastfeeding support group. I went to my hospitals new mom support group and met some new mom friends. One who actually pushed me to stick with Moms on Call (thank goodness for her!). While the mom group vibe wasn’t totally my scene, going just that one time gave me some friends to reach out to when I needed it!
- Facebook Groups: Does your county or city have a moms group? One night during my pregnancy I was searching facebook and found that my county and city had a moms group! Then inside the county moms group was a due date specific one – one for 2019 moms. An admin of the group plans tons of events each week – wineries, breweries, weekly walks, movies to go see, and family outings.
- Neighborhood: Are you friends with your neighbors? Maybe there’s a young mom in your neighborhood too! If not, there are probably some seasoned moms that can give you the scoop on the best baby products and the things you need to know as a new mom.
What a blessing it is!
I’ve been so lucky to have each of these groups of mom friends in my life. I couldn’t have lived without it these past couple months. It can be really hard during those newborn days to step out of the house and go to an event, but trust me – it’s worth it! Each and every one I convinced myself to go to (legitimately had to talk myself into going) I walked out having an awesome time, meeting new friends and enjoying a break from the monotony of staying home all the time – even if Will was fussy the entire time. Don’t be afraid to not go because “your baby might be fussy.” You’re going out with Moms!
Where have you found your mom community?