Fast forward two years and three more kids later.
Earlier this fall when the reality of being a stay at home mother hit, I rejoined the online community of local mothers (Charlotte Mommies). Once I gained confidence in going out with the kids, I began to participate in events. Just in the last month I have met mothers for:
- Coffee meet and greet every Thursday
- GNO at the movies (August: Osage County)
- play date at the park
- play date at the rec center
- hosted a baby play date at my house
- GNO: book club
This past Sunday we met up for book club at a fellow mom's house. We ended up staying just over four hours. It was ridiculous in the best way possible (and there wasn't even any alcohol). I laughed so hard I cried many times and my belly ached. By the end of the evening it had evolved from a book club to a game night, complete with prancercising. Amidst the laughter, there were serious moments spent discussing the novel, sharing genuine challenges with raising our kids, and seeking advice on mother-in-laws.
Many of the triplet moms I've befriended through my Facebook group complain that they've lost themselves and no longer recognize themselves. I, too, have struggled over the months embracing my changing role and losing my career. However, I have gained so much more than I've lost. The most surprising gain has been fellowship and support through Charlotte Mommies.