Post # 1
I am 5 weeks away from our first child and as of last week am working for myself at home. I spend maybe 3 hours a day responding to e-mails and other back end items and 5 hours/week (increasing each month,) in online conference calls.
I am an outgoing friendly person who is use to working with people face-to-face and having chatty co-workers. I could see myself losing my mind at home all day sitting infront of the computer and having a newborn, especially in a cold and snowy area. I know no one in my area to socialize with.
Any advice on how to stay social as well as sane? There’s a breastfeeding group that meets once a week in my area, but I need more interaction and more structure. I understand a brand newborn will take up my time, so looking for idea a bit down the road too- Suggestions?
Post # 3
@aliciapdx: I don’t have kids yet, but my coworkers all work at home 3 days a week. What they do is the “reach out”. They are sure just to call just to check in or send a funny email. It is all about a 2 minute break to remind me that they are there and for them to have human interaction. They also get lunch out and go to starbucks in the middle of the day (to talk to people)
Post # 4
@aliciapdx: I’m a SAHW soon to be SAHM and its important to me that I do stay social even after baby comes. My medical practice/local hospital offers a mommy & me group once a week for 2 hours. I think it’ll be a great way to meet new moms and maybe even form a mom’s group. There’s also an organization called M.O.M.s Club (stands for moms offering moms support) – geared towards the SAHM (I think a WAHM would fit this as well) but maybe they have a local chapter where you are? Also, things like mommy/baby yoga are great places to meet other moms, or post partum sculpt a class you could take baby to & meet other mom’s. There’s always kindermusic class. Just some ideas. Hopefully your community has a lot of baby friendly activities to explore!