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I have mentioned this before, briefly.<br>
I would like to start a baby/mom get together.<br><br>
I feel like there may be a need for a regular get together geared to moms of young babes, and moms with babes and toddlers.<br>
We all know of the regular community centre mom and baby groups are available, but i think it would be great to get together with like minded moms on a REGULAR basis.<br>
the reason i am thinking of making this a regular thing, is because it is so easy to say "we should get together again/sometime" but i find i really have to force myself, not because i dont want to, but because it is way to easy not to get dressed in the morning, and sit on my but while i nurse my babe, and play with Brandon. i am at a stage where it is so hard for me to bring my toddler, and baby out for very long, but i NEED socialization.<br><br>
So if there is anyone interested, i would like to try to organize a regular get together where we could meet somewhere breastfeeding friendly, with somewhere to change a bum easily, and that toddlers can play safely.<br>
I am open to suggesstions for location, and would be willing to host at my place, or we can find somewhere in the community, or a Family place, or whatever, so i'll post my email, and see what kind of response i get, and feel free to add anything you want here too.
 

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I'd be interested.<br>
We went through this in our newly founded mum/babywearing group. Finding a location can be tough. We went through several locations, but finally settled on a community room in a local school who were happy to have us. You can pm me for more info on this. The school is on Bby mountain.<br><br>
Whereabouts were you thinking of holding it?
 

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I'm interested <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I have a really hard time commiting to anything that is too far away from home though, that is why I never go to the babywearing group now, I am too lazy to take transit that far <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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im interested as well but also have a hard time commiting. if its in east van and walking distance im more inclined but we dont have a car so its hard to get out anywhere farther than where we can walk to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I too am up for this...why not rotate places? I have a car and transit all over so I'm pretty open. A rotating place but regular date/time would be good. I like the idea of gathering in someone's home and maybe from there walking over to a park or something, or meeting at a park. I meet with some other mom's at a coffee shop, and it's just starting to get on my nerves...especially the spending $$ part,although the coffee shop itself is completely open to breastfeeding and toddlers running around which is great.There's even a mini-sink in the bathroom. Rachael gets restless after a while. But I'm open to trying out anything...<br>
pot lucks are always nice...trout lake area? Picnics when the weather gets warmer? Cofee shop?
 

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I really like this idea. It would be perfect if it was around Commercial/Nanaimo area, cuz then walking and bussing are easier for me.<br>
I'd be open to my home but its kinda small and not toddler friendl *yet*<br>
I was also thinking about Neighborhood Houses, maybe we could get a room or sit by the fire or something, cafes and restaurants DO get expensive, but I still love meeting at Cafe deux SOleil.<br><br>
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Just thought I'd let everyone know that Mondays and Fridays are best for me.<br>
Tuesdays are my worst day, I teach in the morning and evening.<br>
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the best days for me are thurs, fri, sat and sun. I find that there is so many drop in baby things and classes mon, tue and wed, i find it hard to decide where to go.<br><br>
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i'm interested if timing works for us. I'm in Kits but seems that most of you moms are into meeting near Commercial. I can manage to get myself there in the afternoons 2/3ish. If we meet in a cafe it would be nice to go between lunch and dinner rushes - maybe they won't mind us hanging around not spending much as long as they're not busy anyhow. i can also host a smaller gathering (3 other mom&toddler duos) in my home every now and then. We live across from a school and playground (1 smaller one for wee ones - ds can go up the stairs and down the slide all by himself) DH works weekends and ds and i are free sat afternoons. Are there any other mommas who don't do the family thing on weekends? oh and how about main street area? that's a little easier commute for me and there must be parks near there as there are so many young families. i noticed a Solly's bagel place full of families one weekend (off Main near beansprouts) Anyone know where it is? i really like the idea of having regular gatherings but also like the idea of it being flexible and rotating. There are alot of morning drop ins in Kits but afternoons have been challenging at times as we wonder what to do.<br><br>
rambling.....look forward to a date with y'all!<br><br>
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Sundays are good for me too, as DH is at work (librarians have...well library schedules)Solly's over at Main and 26th I think it is...or something like that.<br>
So Monday, Friday and Sunday are my best days...<br>
Sometimes I feel like some victory has been won<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/diaper.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="diaper"> when I have managed to get all the snaps on my DD's jammies. Not just all snapped, but all lined up as well.
 

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Weekends are doable for me at least for the next 2 months. Dh is an accoutant and will be working 6-7 days a week, 10-12 hr days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'd go stir crazy if I didn't go somewhere/do something.<br><br>
Otherwise Thurs, Fridays are good too. Hours between 10-2 is best for me though because I'm coming from Port Moody and want to miss the traffic hours.
 

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I would be interested in meeting up too. I can meet on Friday, Sat or Sunday. Anywhere is fine as i have a car.
 

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I asked at Mt Pleasant Neighborhood House if they'd have a room for us. SHe said they would charge us $15/hr (they usually charge $19) and we'd get the big room with all the couches. And Friday's are good like 12-2, but if we have the option of someones house, I'm sure we'd all perfer to save our money, but if we are thinking of a cafe or restaurant this might be cheaper.<br><br>
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Hi Dawn,<br>
Good suggestion re: Neighborhood hse. The only problem that arises with something like this is that sometimes there are no-shows and the cost of the rental gets split between the "shows". It can get expensive if only 1 or 2 people show up! Then you get into a "treasurey" situation, and it gets complicated. (This all came from our babywearing group experience.)<br><br>
Are there any community schools around the Comm. Dr. area? The one we meet at (for the Babywearing group), has rooms that groups can get for free. They support families and a group like we're meeting up for would be welcome.
 

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Well there's Britannia?<br>
I'm actually surprised Mt Pleas. Neigh House waas going to charge us. But she said she had to.<br><br>
Dawn
 

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What about a library meeting room? there are no couches or anything, but they are free.
 

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Fridays sound like they will work for most??? i can't do afternoons though as Brandon still is taking an afternoon nap, and is too wired to take it anywhere but home in his bed.<br><br>
I dont have a huge preference about location, but agree it would be best if it were free, and i like the idea of rotating to different locations around Vancouver.<br><br>
I dont like the idea of a Cafe, as it can get VERY hard to keep toddlers/older babies entertained if they cant crawl around on the floor.<br>
Another option is to find a mom/babe group in the community, or a family place and just go and invade them???<br><br>
For the people who rely on public transit/walking, what are the areas you would be able to easily get to?<br><br>
Should we have a poll on the location????
 

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I can get to downtown, commercial dr. nanaimo st. very easily. I'm relatively ok with fraser and main st. (but I'll have to take 2 buses then)<br>
How many people would be willing to volunteer their house? ANd how many people can they accomidate?<br>
I'll volunteer my house but it's not completely toddler proof and I can fit about 6 people. I live on Wall st. (north end of Victoria Dr.)<br><br>
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Fridays work well for me, and I rely on tranist but I can get pretty much anywhere in a reasonable amount of time, as long as the bus closest to the location of the meet connects to either the skytrain the 25 or the 8 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I hope that makes sense. ANyone have a common room in their apartment building?<br><br>
If you'd like an existing Mom and baby group to invade, may I suggest the Vancouver AP group? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: I was supposed to take over running this group, and have failed miserably. Wherever we decide to meet, can I invite the moms on that list? If it's in a public place that it. There aren't many who would come, maybe 1 or 2, but I don't really know them so I wouldn't invite them over to your house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> If we decide to have it in our homes I can have you over but not for a couple of weeks because there is some construction happening here.
 

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maybe we need to jsut wait for the good weather? then we can go to a park.<br>
I'd be into family place, as I go there about 1per week and usually am lonely!
 
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