Playdates should be for Mommies

[dropcaps]O[/dropcaps]ne day in early summer, I met a couple of friends in Chapters for a morning playdate. We had a nice smoothie break at Starbucks with M&M, one newborn and a two year old. M&M were in their stroller because it was easier for me to feed them there instead of letting them loose in a busy coffee shop. Once we finished our smoothies, we moved over to the childrens’ area so they could all play. The older girl sat happily colouring, the newborn lay happily sleeping, and the two other moms relaxed in comfy chairs. Meanwhile, I was trying to coax my lil M&Ms out of the play bench shaped like a giant teacup and bring them closer to where the chairs were, because I couldn’t see them from where I wanted to sit. Needless to say, they didn’t want to come with me and proceeded to run and hide behind bookshelves. Being safety conscious and cautious, there’s no way I was letting my kids out of my sight in a public place. So although it was nice to see my friends, it wasn’t very relaxing and I didn’t get a chance to really chat about what it’s like to be a mom.

Those challenges aside, I haven’t let anything stop me from going here and there. We’ve gotten to do a lot of different activities over the last year or so, and for that, I’m grateful.

On our list of accomplishments is:

  • Spending quality time with both sets of grandparents
  • Storytime at Ottawa Public Library (
  • Biking with them in the bike trailer
  • Visits to IKEA
  • Playgroups
  • Playdates with friends (not as many as I’d hoped)
  • Splash Pad (once)
  • Starr Gymnastics Drop-In Playtime (twice)
  • Agriculture Museum (twice)
  • Science & Technology Museum
  • Aviation Museum (twice)
  • Westboro Village (once)
  • St Laurent mall (although it’s not my favourite mall to take the kids)
  • Place d’Orleans (very baby-friendly)
  • Carlingwood (once)

Things we didn’t get a chance to do with them yet:

  • A Gymtale
  • Cosmic Adventures
  • Walk along the Ottawa River
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Children’s Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Farmers stalls in the Byward Market
  • Bayshore Shopping Centre
  • Boomerang Kids Strollercize with other moms (not for lack of trying!)

Favourite playgroups in the Ottawa area are:

  • Centrepointe Child Resource Centre (west)
  • Global Child Care Services (all over)
  • The Childrens’ Garden (east)

Pretty good for their first 1.5 years of life!

About the author

Ambereen is mom to two cute twins Mister and Missy, now with a third baby on the way! She’s Canadian eh, and lives in Canada’s capital with her husband, Mr. Mama. Between travelling and a busy social life, she works full-time in the public sector in IT policy. She enjoys writing short stories interjected with subtle humour about life adventures, sharing recipes, and coming up with fun yet simple activities to do with the kids. After a short hiatus where life got in the way of writing, she is back blogging at 2Cute – Adventures in Twin Parenting. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences here about life with twins + 1. And yes, it’s only one this time!

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