I've found the secret to surviving stay-at-home-motherhood: MOFs. It's not a drug that gives you extra energy. It's not a machine to give you extra time in the day. It's not a robotical babysitter. MOFs are "My Online Friends." MOF Emily's husband created this acronym to make it easier to communicate with his wife. It has since evolved into The Cosa MOFstra. You can read the entire story behind it here. You can even see a picture of me and some of MOFs at a recent GNO (another internet acronym-Girl's Night Out) held at my house.
Lest you think I am weird or worse, desperate, let me explain. I have many real-life friends (never mind you that many of them were MOFs first). I have a very fun and satisfying social life. But, staying at home with two kids all day can get a little monotonous and lonely sometimes. Take naptime for instance: Moms without MOFs might mop their kitchen. Me? I make myself comfy in front of my computer and get down to business. I can get advice, I can give advice, and I can participate in the fun lives of those thousands of miles away. Who is pregnant (Most recently it was Amy due to a failed Vasectomy)? Which brand of vacuum cleaner is really the best (most of MOFs say Dyson)? What's for dinner (I've gotten some of my best recipes from MOFs!)? It's adult conversation to make me feel like I'm using my mind for more than diapering, cooking, and cleaning. It's a place where I can talk about my kids and their little issues and find out that there are many other kids doing the exact same things. Often times, it's just being a sounding board and offering comfort.
What about cleaning, cooking, and child-rearing? Oh, that stuff happens too. It's just a lot more fun with MOFs to share it all with.