With a little help from a conversation with my Dad, I have realized that being a stay-at-home mom has made me entirely socially awkward. Like, complete with social anxiety and stuttering and painful shyness all while being completely devoid of conversational strategy.
I was at Gymboree (the play gym, not the store) and a young mom (like me) came up to talk to me. I've seen her before here, but have never talked to her. Gymboree; my brilliant idea for meeting loads of young moms to hang out with. Yeah.
Friendly Normal Mom: "Hey! How's your pregnancy going?"
I say: "Good."
I think: "Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
What do I say now? I should ask a question.
I. have. nothing. to. say.
Bye bye new friend opportunity."
Then, I make a face to the normal human being in front of me that says, "I'm sorry" without me saying it out loud, and walk to the opposite side of the play gym, absolutely mortified.
This seems to be happening a lot lately. Sure, it could have something to do with the notion that I've gotten 3 hours of sleep in the last month (thank you 2 year molars that haven't even broken skin yet) but I can't figure out how to engage strangers, or even friends I've had for YEARS in interesting, easy-going conversation. I have entirely forgotten how to relate to anyone who doesn't crap her diaper or have a tantrum in Albertson's. And, shit, let's be honest, I can't relate to her in conversation anymore than I could successfully chat up a toaster.
Have any other stay at home moms gone through this?!