Oh hey Sunflowers! It’s me, Nae 🙂 Y’all still there? I hope so. Life with
Baby Sunshine Little Miss Sunshine is amazing. Two and a half (!) years in and I’m finally getting to a place where I can refocus some of my time and attention on things that have slipped away i.e. this blog, yay! Motherhood is a beast. It impacts every aspect of your life in ways that I could not fathom and was not prepared for. The right kind of support is essential. Mocha Moms has been that for me.
from the website:
Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier voice for mothers of color. Through chapters and online, Mocha Moms, Inc. provides support for women of color as they journey through all phases of motherhood while advocating for them nationally. Mocha Moms, Inc. also encourages the spirit of community activism and service among its members. Mocha Moms, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Mocha Moms, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socio-economic level, education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join.
I joined my local Mocha Moms chapter during my last trimester and received support immediately. As hubby and I fumbled through those first few weeks at home with Baby Sunshine, the chapter showered us with meals when we needed them most. A few months later, I left the two of them at home alone for the first time to attend our chapter’s monthly Moms Night Out at a local restaurant. I was already feeling anxious and insecure when no less than 10 mins after I arrive, hubby calls and says that I need to come home because “something is wrong” with the baby. Riddled with guilt and embarrassment, I excused myself from the table ready to return home.
Or so I thought. After exchanging knowing glances, the Mochas sat me down and listened as I explained. At this point, all of the emotions and sleep deprivation from those first few months of motherhood came pouring out and I was now bawling me eyes out. Surrounded by women I’d never met before :-/ Without judgment, the Mochas encouraged me to stay and allow baby and Daddy to “figure it out”. * In that moment, I knew I had found my new tribe 🙂
Next year marks the 20th anniversary for Mocha Moms, Inc. ! In celebration, they are kicking off a very special membership deal for the month of October. October is Mocha Month and for this month alone, you can join or renew your membership for $30! From support meetings to play groups to family celebrations, Mocha Moms has become a major support for our entire family. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to www.mochamoms.org, find your local chapter and join this amazing group of moms today!
Have you ever heard of Mocha Moms? Did you find a chapter and join yet? Leave your sunshine below!
*They were right, of course. Hubby and Baby Sunshine were fine and I believe that my decision to not leave that night was a defining moment for our growing family. More on that later 😉
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