If you have nothing in life but a good friend, you’re rich – Michelle Kwan
Yesterday Amy wrote a post talking about the day we met for the first time and it inspired me to write this post on the same subject. The subject of making friends online and meeting them in person. So far I’ve managed to arrange to meet two of my very favourite online friends; Amy and Maisie (and their babas). I’ve met both girls twice and we’ve had the best days out together!
Amy – Becoming Mumsy
From the first chat I had with Amy I knew we would get on great. Our babies are of a similar age (Emmy is 4 months older) and we are a similar age too! I’ve never felt any awkwardness when chatting to Amy and we seemed to have similar views on most things. I know that I can message her with any worry, question, statement (you get the drift) and I won’t be judged. We laugh about the same things and have so much in common. Amy is there any time of day to listen, laugh and cry with.
We spoke a few times about getting a date together to meet up before we actually managed to plan one. We arranged to visit the Sealife Centre together and bring babies and partners along too! When we planned this there was about 6 weeks to wait before the day came around. One day we planned a spontaneous meet up in Leamington Spa. I’ve never been there but it wasn’t too far to travel and only one train. Amy got a lift in from her husband as he works around there so it was the perfect place to meet. We had a Costa, did some shopping and took the cutest photo’s in the park! We’d actually ended up co-ordinating outfits without planning to but I’m so pleased that we did. It made the photos look great.
I was as excited for the babies to meet each other as much as I was excited to meet Amy. Emily loves other children so it was so fun to see how she reacted to Edith. We took so many photo’s of the girls together, most of these will be kept private as Amy does not show her daughters face online (you can read why here). They were SO CUTE together!
Sealife Centre day came around and I started the day by missing 2 trains and arriving an hour late, I forgot the 2 for 1 voucher and my camera battery died. But even after all that we still had the best day. Amy brought Max and Edith and I took Jordan and Emmy too and it was lovely to spend the day with another family. No one was bothered when the babies cried for no reason, everyone was completely understanding when we had to stop to breastfeed and we all got on so well. As Amy stated in her post it was like we’d known each other forever!
We had a meal out to end the day and even though Emily was not herself and was really very unhappy we all had a lovely time. We laughed our way through three courses and chatted about everything and anything! I can’t wait to do it again!
Maisie – Love, Maisie
Meeting Maisie was another spontaneous decision which actually, is not like me at all. I’d been chatting to Maisie on and off in the group chat for a while and then in our own separate chat most days. Jordan and I had plans to attend a Vegan Fair one weekend and on the morning of I messaged Maisie to say ‘come along’. I wasn’t sure how far away she lived but she mentioned it to her other half Jack and that was that! Maisie quickly got herself and her family ready, hopped in the car and drove an hour to meet me, Jordan and Emily!
We had a little look around the fair at all the stalls and things and then the babies were getting antsy in their pushchairs. I left Jordan at the fair as his Mum had arrived and I took Maisie, Jack and Tyler to the park! We watched the ducks, played on the swings (the babies, not us) and chatted away. It was one of those times where you just click. I didn’t find a minute of it awkward and I’m not the most confident of people, especially meeting new people.
Since then we have spoken basically every single day. Maisie is a total lifeline for me and is there all times of the day to help with parenting questions, blog questions and whatever else pops into my head. I don’t know how I survived the days before knowing her. Maisie is one of my biggest cheer leaders and I like to think I do the same for her too. She has recently (yesterday) helped me set up a Facebook page for my blog which I am so grateful for!
We have met up again since the first meeting and it was so much fun. We both travelled to Birmingham for a day of shopping, chatting and planning exciting things! It was lovely to find a place in the middle of us both that we can get to fairly easily and I really hope we can meet up again soon.
I’m not one for being soppy but I honestly don’t know what I would do without these two girls. When I was younger I was warned against talking to strangers on the internet and meeting them was a definite no-no. However I am so glad that times have changed as blogging has brought so many people into my life and I will forever be thankful for that. Meeting my online friends in real life is one of the best things I’ve done this year and I can’t wait to plan more adventures and hopefully meet more people!
Have you met any online friends in person?
Love Laura xx