Dear New Mom: Motherhood Isn’t Always This Lonely

new momDear New Mom,

I know that right now it feels as if things are never going to change. You may have quarantined all of pregnancy. You may have had a virtual baby shower instead of an in-person one. Depending on when you had your baby, you may have found yourself nervously alone in the ultrasound room, hoping that you could be strong enough to face any bad news without your partner by your side. You may have given birth alone, or had to FaceTime in your mom and doula, limited to just one support person.

But it didn’t stop when the baby arrived. You may not have been able to travel with your baby to introduce them to their great-grandma, or aunts or uncles or cousins, or they may not have been able to come to you. The help and family support you looked forward to is gone, too high a risk to consider exposure.

Or maybe you were able to get some help for a period, but now everyone is gone, and it’s just you and your baby and partner, in your house day after day, with no end in sight.

I’m in this COVID Baby Club with you — my second baby was 5 months old when everything shut down. He’s never left Jacksonville. He didn’t meet my sister until he was 9 months old. He’s never met his great grandparents. The first time we went to someone else’s house later into the pandemic, he wouldn’t even leave my lap.

This second time around is so much lonelier than the first. No library storytime to fill the hours on a Tuesday morning. No mommy-and-me yoga. No making connections as you casually drop into an indoor playplace for an hour, if you’re even comfortable doing that. Even trying to find a group meeting in person is a challenge. Who wants to attend a Zoom breastfeeding group?

I feel lucky, at least, that this is my second baby. I do have mom friends, friends I made going to moms groups and the park and Bay & Bee. We have our group text thread where we vent, cheer each other on, and ask for advice.

Dear first-time moms of any baby born since March 2020 — I promise motherhood is not always this lonely. As the world moves forward into normalcy, so will you. You will connect with other moms. You’ll figure out how to leave your house with your baby. Your baby will have friends. Eventually, you may even have to figure out how to juggle three kids’ birthday parties in one weekend.

Locally, I know there really aren’t too many opportunities to find connections right now. But there are a few, if you’re comfortable getting out.

Bay & Bee is offering open play as well as age-based meetup groups. This beautiful, clean environment (adults are asked to wear masks) is a great way to make connections with other moms in your stage of life.

Intracoastal MOMS Club is my ride-or-die group. We’re meeting about once a week, usually at a park or nature walk, along with a Moms’ Night Out once a month.

Mom Meetup Jax is another group currently meeting about once a week at a park and coffee shop, as well as mom meetups throughout the month.

The Jacksonville Mom Neighborhood Facebook pages are also a fantastic way to get advice and hear about local events from moms in your neighborhood.

And, hey, maybe our babies will eventually leave Jacksonville and meet their great grandparents.

Love to you, new moms. You got this.

Allison Lore is a California native who is thrilled to be back in the year-round sunshine after a decade of living in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. She has a background in journalism, technical writing and marketing, and currently works as a proposal manager for a civil engineering firm. She relocated to Jacksonville in 2017 with her husband and son. Her passions include baking, coffee, reading and socializing with friends. Her toddler has taught her more than she ever thought she would know about the nuances of construction vehicles.


  1. Very interesting article! I think that in order for motherhood not to be lonely, the mother should have free time. And for it to appear, the child must have a regime. I know of one useful mobile app that helps mom set up her baby’s individual sleep schedule. It is called Shema. It helped me a lot. My Johnny at 11 months old only slept fitfully, and then on his hands, constantly waking up every night! I tried everything, and found only one salvation for myself. This is Shema’s sleep tracker! With him, our sleep began to improve, although not immediately Shema helped set up my son’s own sleep schedule! You put in everything you know about your child’s dream, and he finds a solution to your problem! And there are also very interesting articles about children’s sleep! Now I understand a lot! I really like it!

  2. We recently downloaded this app . Kate had problems with the regime, waking up and falling asleep when she wanted to . The baby is 5 months old , we use the Shema tracker for 2 weeks and already see the result. Yes, there is still a lot to work on , but the app has tips for why my daughter may now be harmful or not want to eat . We still turn on the ringtones before laying, they are in the app and the selection is very cool.

    • I also dream of improving my baby’s sleep! We are 7 months old and everything is bad! There is no mode at all! Do you think Shema can help us set up a sleep schedule?

      • I recommend you to try it! Of course, everything is individual! But with Shema, it will definitely be easier for you to get some sleep. We already sleep according to the schedule, we fall asleep to lullabies in just 5 minutes! In any case, you need to try!

      • You should definitely try it. Shema may not immediately help you, but it will definitely become easier! I’m sure. The main thing is to make your own efforts too!


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