Playdate Shmaydate

Punkie is 5 1/2 months old and I haven’t figured out yet how to meet other new parents.

It seems like it should be easy, but I am apparently not hip to the mommyhood secret club.  I imagine Punkie with little friends and play dates, but it just hasn’t happened.  I suppose it isn’t urgent – he is at day care Monday through Friday and is meeting and playing with other babies there.

I live in a very nice, family filled suburb.  There are kids all over the place.  How do I not run into other new parents on a daily basis?  We enrolled in a baby sign language class for two reasons – to help Punkie develop his communication skills even before he can talk, and to meet other parents.  I guess I don’t click with the few other parents in the class.

I think maybe my work schedule is a factor – a lot of new moms are physically at work outside the home as well, or they’re out and about during the daytime hours.  I’m lately only out and about during a very narrow band of time in the evening.

I worry that my social failings will have a lasting effect on Punkie.  I want him to have life-long friends.  And to learn that you shouldn’t grab other babies’ noses with a kungfu grip (I neither confirm nor deny any such event).

For now, though, he seems happy.