Kinda like internet dating, but not really.
Let me explain. When I first got pregnant with Isla, I joined a birth club on babycenter.com. I didn’t have many friends here who were or had been pregnant in the last 20 years :), so it was a great source of support for me. I could pop onto the message board with the most random questions about being pregnant (usually starting with, “is this normal?!?”), and within minutes, I would have dozens of answers assuring me that yes, it’s not unusual to throw up in the second trimester, or no, those probably aren’t real contractions. It was a great help to me.
The site has boards for everything baby you can possibly imagine. I got some good ideas about making baby food, lots of help choosing a carseat, and was convinced that extended rear-facing is an important thing to do.
Anyways, there is a board for moms in the Middle East that I also joined. There are only 9 ladies in the group, but half of us are in Lebanon, so we decided to have a little play date.
It was great! We met at a play place in a mall in Beirut. Isla had a blast watching the kids play, going down the slide and sitting in the ball pit, and I enjoyed meeting another new-ish mom and having some adult conversation. We don’t have many friends with small kids, and I’m finding that it’s a hard group to find and get to know, so this was a really neat opportunity for me… looking forward to many a play date in the future! :)