This morning, Olivia and I attended a mother's group that I've been meaning to attend for over a year. It is a very organized group that has age-group babysitting for the wee ones and a program and social time for the moms. Luckily, my daughter is OK with being left with complete strangers as long as there are toys and other kids, so I enjoyed two child-free hours without interruption.
I think I underestimated the need for community...for me and for Olivia. This morning was SO GOOD for me. I am sure I will be back regularly. Unfortunately, this was their last regular meeting until the next school year, but at least I know what to expect now.
In other news, the morning wore Olivia out, which caused her to drop off as soon as we hit the road for home. And then she woke up when we pulled into the driveway. Forty minute nap...again. And now she's pitching a fit in her high chair, so I anticipate a long afternoon.
But the community thing....SO worth it.