Around this time last year I got to meet some of the most extra ordinary women, I got to share the beginning of a wonderful chapter in my life with them. T and I were placed in a "föräldrargroup" parents group to meet other soon to be parents in the area. This is a common thing in Sweden for soon to be mums and dads so that we can talk about how it feels to be expecting a new addition in our lives. T and i had just moved from Gothenburg so it was the perfect time to be coming in to a group just like this and we were lucky enough to be placed in a group of like minded people. .
People talk about how it could be once the baby comes but nothing can really prepare us for what it really is like till you are well and truly in it.
This is a dedication to the ladies and babies that made Liam's and my year a wonderful one, my saviours as i would like to call it. For if it wasn't for these amazing women, my year would've been a whole other story.
Notice the little model second from the left there? 😉😍
We were 6 couples, some from around Sweden moving to little Oskarshamn for our better halves and a few amazing born and raised. We had 3 meets but the second was already missing a pair to which was joined by en extra little one by the last. I never thought I could meet such wonderful extraordinary individuals all in one place going through the same thing at the same time and I'm so glad i got the opportunity to now call them friends. It was the end of 2016 and by the new year, 5 of us became mothers and by the beginning of 2017 we were all complete.
The first couple of months went real quick and of course dealing with the new born in the dead of winter was a task but we seemed to manage by chatting with each other through group messenger. Didn't matter the time someone was always up and it help as we went through the nights knowing we were not the only ones up with a crying baby. We would chat with each other about everything from nursing to pooping. (yes i said it pooping) It was definitely something I can't talk about endlessly with just anyone and I must admit these ladies gave me my sanity at the worse of times.
We started to meet for lunches at each others houses and chat for hours until the teas and coffees got cold at the same time trying to figure out what our little humans are wailing about. Especially in the beginning it was the one thing I would look forward to as it was my safe place, it was where i could be with a group of people and not feel judged as i try to get used to dealing with this new thing called being a mum. We got to talk about our pregnancy, our delivery and everything in between. We would laugh cause as luck would have it we had the same kind of sense of humor and we got each other. As it got a little warmer we started to make our way out of our living rooms and have lunch dates at the local cafes. And with all our strollers combined, we came crashing in and start moving furniture around to fit our strollers. One of us even overheard a women calling us "mammamafia" (a nickname used for a group of mums) once at a cafe. It sounds terrifying but it would have to be the most hilarious thing to see if you have a sense of humor about it.
We even got to add two extra wonderful mums and bubs to the mix later on and we would all meet for the weekly mummy and me classes (öppnaförskolan), where we would sing and dance with the bubs and of course "fika" after. We did ‘babysim’ together too! Yes we pretty much highjacked a whole swim group of 8, we were 7. 😂 The dads made a debut for the beginning of the swim class and now that the mums are back at work they've made a couple of visits to the "öppnaförskolan" too. It’s wonderful that even the dads get along.
Now the year is slowly coming to a close and I find myself on the other side of the world missing my mammamafias, I look back fondly at the photos we took from the beginning till the last time I saw these amazing mummies and babies the day before we left. I am so grateful for the year we've had together watching our babies grow from small gems to crawling, standing and babbling little humans.
The end of the year will always be a happy time for me as I am constantly reminded of the most amazing thing to have happened in our lives, the time we get to celebrate the birth of our first born’s and the moments our lives changed for the better.
För allt ni gjorde för mig i år, jag kan aldrig tacka er mer
Längtar tills sommar när jag får se er igen! ☀️ Saknar er!
Tack Åsa, Hanna, Sofia L, Maria, Kim, Sofia M,