When I was expecting my daughter in March of 2011, I began scouring the internet for information. I discovered the What to Expect When You’re Expecting site and the forums you could be part of based on your due date. Next thing I know, I am part of an online group for moms with babies due in March 2011. The big group was a little overwhelming for me. Over the next few months, we broke off into smaller groups of moms, and from that something wonderful happened! One mom created a small group of around 40 mamas and named us My BFF Mommies. This was over five years ago.
I know many moms have opinions on online mom groups or forums, but these ladies have been life savers, confidantes, and friends. We have laughed at silly jokes together, mourned a loss of a loved one, and watched our newborns grow into toddlers who turned into preschoolers overnight. They are who I go to first when I need parenting advice or to vent about the annoying thing that happened at work today. They offer an ear to listen and a heart of caring.
One of my favorite parts of being in this group is watching the kids grow up. The month of March is a month long celebration watching the kids have their own birthday parties. I’ve gotten to know mamas and kids from all over the nation – what their traditions are, how their families work, and their favorite holidays.
We are a unique, diverse group of women. We all have our own opinions and beliefs, but even when we disagree we all have respect for one another. I am thankful for each of these ladies in my Mom group. They have all supported me when I’ve needed them, given me a break from reality, and made me laugh in times of frustration. I am thankful I get to watch these kids grow (especially the babies born on the same day as my daughter). I’m excited to see what comes from the BFF Kiddies!
I want to encourage the pregnant mamas to get our of your comfort zone and reach out to to a mom group, whether it be online or here locally. If you can withstand the crazy posts in the beginning, you may just find a precious gem like I did. As moms, we need all the support we can get. For me that support group is found in My BFF Mommies for March 2011 Mommies. I will forever be thankful for our friendships.