The first few months after having a baby (particularly your first) are disorienting, isolating and a little bit lonely. I am so grateful that I had a network of support around me. Friends that I could call at any hour. Friends to laugh with. Friends to cry with. Friends to complain to. Friends I could hand a baby to when I just needed five seconds to myself.
Note to pregnant mums: build your support networks just as carefully as you prepare the nursery. You are going to need back-up more than your baby will need twenty bond’s wonder suits. And in reality that back-up is most likely to going to in the form of another mum.
Friendships change after a baby arrives. Some thrive, some lapse for a few years and yet others drift away. You make new friends as your children enter new phases, re-discover old friends and sometimes say good-bye. This month is dedicated to friendships – making them, maintaining them and, when necessary, letting them go.
This month I am going to explore friendships in the context of motherhood.
Here are some things I know …
- I know motherhood is a lot easier with good friends by your side.
- I know life in general is a lot better with good friends by your side.
- I know life is too short to spend it with people who don’t make you feel good.
- I know that the best way to have good friends, is to be one.
- I know that friendships need a little bit of nurturing now and again.
- I know that if you give me half a chance to make a printable, I will. So here’s a little friendship bingo card for the month. Why not commit to friendship building this month?
How good are friends? Really?