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I’m having a moment. Please allow me to share it with you. I just signed up for a “mommy group” in my area. I’m kind of freaking out right now. I guess what you need to know is, I’m sort of a loner. I’m an introvert, so I don’t really crave social interaction. I’m the kind of person who has to practice for parties. And then I still end up wallflower-ing it up in a corner, people watching. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t hate people. I actually enjoy people. I just do it from… afar. And now I have a one year old son, who needs socialization. So what wins out? My need to be alone? Or his need to get out into the world. The answer is: he wins.

He’s been winning for over a year now, honestly. When I was pregnant I ate things I wouldn’t normally eat, because he gave me strange cravings.  I mean, I don’t normally eat habanero cheeseburgers and chocolate milkshakes. I really don’t like chocolate ice cream. But he was in there screaming, “Hey I want a chocolate milkshake!” So I drank them, and he shut up. Then it was time to give birth and I was all “Hey little one, time to meet the world”, and  he was like, “Nope. Come in and get me.”  And he won… again. Now this.

Obviously I care about what my son needs. Obviously I’m willing to put aside my own fear and anxiety because he needs me to. He needs to grow. He needs to meet new people. He can’t live in a bubble forever. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m going to have to do some deep breathing and clenched teeth smiling in order to get through this.

Do all mother’s face these challenges. Have you ever been nervous to be around other moms? What’s your story? Help me out with some tips for fitting in with a new group. I only have until Friday to master this.

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