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Congrats! I hope you find a buddy to share this special time with. I've always had one and it really helped to have someone to vent to. How does it feel to be on #3? I've been toying with the idea a bit lately, but I'm too scared to pull the trigger. :)
I never had a pregnancy buddy. What are they?
I'm sure you'll meet many people to be buddies with here while you're pregnant but I'm not sure if a pregnancy buddy is something special or different from another pregnant mom? What do prenancy buddies do?
A pregnancy buddy is someone who shares a due date with you. It is who you call or email to vent and compare notes. When the babies are born you have even more to talk about. :)
Due August 8, 2009 ... close enough for you? I'll email you. This is my second child and I have one boy (2 on December 26).
Do you belong to a mom's club? That helps me a LOT! I belong to MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club International. I live in the Seattle area and this has been a big help for me and my son. It is a support system of MOMS for me and playdates for my kid. You can be pregnant or have any age child to join. The basis is for stay-at-home moms, but all are welcome. Stay-at-home dads can join as well (with their local chapter's vote).
SumSkybaby, that sounds like a lot of fun and I am really glad to hear that they accept Stay-at-home-Dads too . Do you know how wide spread the organization is yet?
"The International MOMS Club® was started in 1983 by our founder Mary James, a stay-at-home mother in California. Wanting to meet other mothers and find other at-home children for her children to play with, she looked for an organization that met during the day and allowed her to attend with her baby and preschooler. When she discovered there were none, Mary decided to start a brand new organization just for at-home mothers, and the MOMS Club was born.
The MOMS Club in a non-profit organization which now has 2,000+ chapters in the US alone and over 100,000 members!. They also have International chapters starting too!"
I know stay-at-homes need a network to plug-in and sometimes plug-out. StrongDad07 (et.al.) if you are looking for a group in your area email email@example.com and the club will let you know how to get in-touch with your local chapter.
My chapter is in Woodinville, WA and we have about 40 members. We have events almost everyday such as playdates at a park, playdates at homes, field trips to the zoos, field trips to Pump It Up (indoor bouncy house park), field trip to ride ponies, service projects such a knitting hats for a local shlter, service projects such as Trick-or-Treating for can food for our local food bank and many more things. I hope this gives you a flavor for what to expect if you chose to join MOMS Club. However there are many other organizations out there so if MOMS Club is not for you, I would still encourage all caregivers (moms, dads, grandparents, nannies) to find a support system. I do believe it takes a village to raise a child!
Wow, hanks! That's an impressive resume and it sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I may look into it as my daughter gets older and we start branching out for more playdates. In our town we havent met many couples our age with children which makes hanging out with them harder, it would be nice to meet some who could share and understand our need to do kid oriented activities most of the time.
My son and I also attend a toddler group, which has a class of kids his age. (MOMS Club has kids of all ages. Our Club has mothers of newborn through teenagers. This is always good for advise and babysitting too. [wink]) Our toddler group is run through the local community college. My son LOVES it. I would recommend Googling Toddler Groups in _(fill in your city)_ and see what you come up with. Our college has about 5 different locations. Most locations offer classes for 6-12 months, 1-2 years, and 2-3 years. The focus is on parent education and bonding with the child.
To give you a flavor for this group (although I am sure around the country places do different things), it is a co-op so all the parents are involved - some take board of director positions and some just do things like making play-do or cut out circles for the art project. We attend class one day a week for 2 hours. During this time the kids have free play, art and sensory table, then snack, then circle time, and we end with outside play. The parents stay with the children except every other week half the parents attend the parent education portion for only 30 minutes (during this time the kids are with the other half of the parents to play OR the kids can some sit with their parent during parent education if they don't like to be separated). There a maximum of 17 adults registered for the classes (some children have both parents enrolled or a parent and grandparent or a nanny and parent) so there are 17 children or less in each class depend on adult enrollment (which is what is counted by the college). Our group is also a non-profit and all tuition pays for the rental of the building and the teacher's salary. Our teachers both have their Master’s degrees in education. Our group cost $88 per quarter and some in the area or up to $300 per quarter. There are scholarships for people who need help paying and board members get reduced tuition -- this can really help during the recession. If you want to check out the groups in my area so you know what you look for in our area try these links: Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville.
If you are interested in meeting children your child's own age this is a great way to do so! We live in Washington State and I heard (don't know if it's true) that we lead the country in the number of co-op/toddler groups per capita, so I don't know how easy these are to find in other locations but it never hurts to look or search out these opportunities.
Thats the day before my brothers b-day. I too am pregnant with #3 another boy to add to my ranks due st. patties day. How old are your boys? mine are 3 and 5 and boy oh boy isn't it a chore to keep up?