Lately I've been able to enjoy a friendship that I've had for years in a brand new way. We are both new moms, and teachers, and have a lot to say about both. Wearing our babies while we walk around our neighborhood has been just the friend therapy we both need on some days. Because as much as I would love it, my mom or stay at home mom friends are never going to get my experience. Just as much as I'm never going to get theirs. So this isn't about who has it harder, because I really don't think that either group has the better mom gig, it's just about supporting the type of mom you are with friends who can really relate.
And while on the topic of mom types, when socializing with the "other" moms, be mindful of what you say. You don't know how badly that working mom may want to stay at home with her babies, and doesn't need you to make her feel worse about the situation. Or, you never know which stay at home mom is battling her challenges and guilt associated with wanting to be away from her children, just sometimes, but knows she's expected to stay at home and raise her kids. So leave your "oh that's too bad" comments and mommy judgement at the door, we are all doing the best we can here, and that should be enough.
Mom blogger note: This post was written on my phone while Everly slept in Saturday morning, laying completely over me making it hard for me to move, not that I wanted to anyways. And for these photos, she had a blast exploring the spring ready backyard, even though you can't tell it here. Her serious faces kill me!