Photo courtesy of CBS
Photo courtesy of CBS
Ask any mom, and she'll tell you: life changes drastically with the birth of a baby. Nights out at the bars are put on hold indefinitely, and friendships often take a backseat to parenting. It's not that friends lose their value; it's that parents have a fuller schedule and more responsibilities, which leads to less "hang" time with their buds. On the "Great Expectations" episode of Modern Family, Cam and Mitchell meet their old gal pal Sally at a bar, where the threesome swigs cocktails. Whenever the couple brings up their newly adopted daughter, Lily, Sal makes inappropriate remarks, leading the dads to conclude she is jealous of their wee one. While it may not play out so obviously in real life, the clip certainly has a token of realism to it.
Were any of your friends jealous of your baby?
Have you befriended someone you never thought you would have before motherhood?
I am a mother to a three-month-old little girl whom I adore. I was blessed with a successful pregnancy on the first attempt with my husband, but sad, a few friends of my friends have not been so lucky. Having tried clomid and several rounds of in vitro fertilization, it is becoming increasingly difficult for my childless friends to see me with my baby. One friend has already cut me out of her life because it is too painful for her to be around any infants and I fear I am losing another one to the clutches of non-motherhood. I desperately want to keep my friends, but don't know how to do it without causing them pain every time they see us.
— Fertile Myrtle
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I'm a 30-year-old single mom with a son who is 3. He's a busy boy so I keep him occupied with lots of sports and activities. Since his father isn't in the picture, I take him everywhere with me.
My relationship with my best friend is strained as a result. She doesn't have patience when he whines or misbehaves and always suggests I get a babysitter so we can hangout alone. I miss my friends, but know my job as a mom is more important. What should I do?
— Moved to Mommyland
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