With Harper, things are different. Quite frankly, I don't have as much time to do playdates. I have Hayden to consider. He has to be parented too (obviously!). I'm also just busier. More volunteer activities and responsibilities. More work to do in general. Just more stuff, which means less free time to do playdates and other "nonessential" stuff.
That being said, I miss the "girl talk" associated with playdates - the conversations, support, and validation that is associated with communicating with another mom. And it can't just be any mom. You have to have some level of connection with the person. You have to like them and enjoy their company. That's kind of essential.
Fortunately, there is a mom, Katie, that I really like who has a little girl, Hazel, around Harper's age - actually they are exactly one month apart in age. Hazel is older. Her birthday is April 5th, while Harper's birthday is May 5th.
We have been getting together for playdates since they were born. We also have older children close in age and that is nice. We are able to connect and converse about that "topic" too.
We haven't been able to get together regularly, but we try - because we (both the kids and the adults) really do have fun together (at least I think we do).
Here is a picture of the girls taken at our playdate last week:
Here they are at what I think was probably the first playdate. They did a lot of playing.
They are about 7-months-old in this picture:
I think this was back in October of 2013 - they are about 2.5-years-old.
Girl time really is great - for everyone.
P.S. Harper and I have also been getting together with my friend Courtney and her little boy Griffin who will be 1 on June 14th and my friend's mom Pam and my friend's son Miles, who turned 1 on February 18th. Our triple dates are also awesome. I need to get some pictures to capture the moments! Katie had taken all the above pictures of Hazel and Harper - and I am so glad that she did. They really are adorable.