Hi. My name is Amy, and I'm a CafeMom.com addict ;)
I'm part of a group of women who all had their babies the same month I did. So we've been talking via posts ever since we were pregnant. It's nice to bounce things off each other as we go through the same stages. There are some new mommies, so it's nice to be able to relate to them. And there are also some veteran mommies who I've learned a lot from. Although if I've learned anything as a mom so far, it's that every child is unique and you take in the advice while doing what works best for your family.
As a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM), this group, and the Internet for that matter, has become my connection with the world. I'm sure to someone on the outside, being a SAHM seems like freedom. I'm sure it appears that we can sleep in late or take naps when the baby does. Or we can just go and do anything we want during the day. There is some truth to that. But for me, it is important to attempt to stick to a routine as much as possible. Now I'm not a hermit or a schedule Nazi by any means. We do go out and occasionally break the routine. But for the most part we are home.
Our day tends to look like this...wake, eat, diaper, play, nap...wake, eat, diaper, play, nap...wake, eat, diaper, play, nap...and so on until bedtime. The predictability is nice. What's even nicer is that Ty is like clockwork. So it is worth it. So I guess my point in this wordy post is that I am thankful for the Internet and groups like CafeMom.com It makes being a SAHM less isolating and gives me a connection to friends and other mothers as we feel our way through this thing called parenting.