When I first became a mother, I signed up for every baby class available. Before my son was even out of newborn diapers he was enrolled in salsa, massage, yoga, music, swimming, and baby ballet class. Why so many? Because I was lonely AF and needed an opportunity to meet other moms so I could enjoy real conversations. I cant tell you how many nonsense silent conversations I've had with my newborn because, you know, motherhood is nothing if not slightly isolating.
For me, one of the loneliest parts of motherhood was how damn polite everyone was. People tend to assume you don't want visitors, or the baby will be sleeping, so they don't drop by and say hello. When you do get together, they only ask you about the baby; like you're not even a person anymore, just some sort of mom blob. It can be a little disheartening, to say the least. In those moments I could completely and totally understand why it's so easy to lose yourself to motherhood. people tend to act like that's all you're capable of relating to, talking about, or caring about anymore. Ugh.
This is one of the many reasons why I looked for various mommy groups to be a part of. I mean, babies are great listeners and all, but I could only handle one-sided conversations with my newborn for so long. Conversations, for example, like the following: