My children are my little shields in social situations.
I went to a baby shower yesterday. It was a two hour drive and I carpooled with the mama-to-be, so it was an all day event. It was so fun. I left at 8am and did not return until 8:30pm. I decided not to take any of the girls. I debated about at least taking the oldest, but I got the impression it was an adults only thing. I also came to a realization. I wanted to bring one of the girls because being a mom makes me more comfortable in social situations. I didn’t know anyone else who was going to be there and was very nervous. If I have one of my kids with me, I feel confident because I’m looking after them, there’s never a dull moment. There’s no awkward silence or interactions, it’s just go, go, go with the kids.
I was really proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a day to just be me. Not a mom. Just a friend enjoying a party honoring a new mama. I had a great time and it was an amazing break to not have any little ones demanding my attention.
Plus, the greetings I received when I arrived home from all three of my sweeet girls… priceless.