I have been thinking about this post for a while now. I know that I am not the first new mom to live across the country from friends and family. My family is in Phoenix, my husband's family is in Puerto Rico, and we are in the "wild and wonderful" state of West Virginia. That really is the motto on the welcome sign as you drive into the state. I think that the cold is just a reminder that our little family of three is out here alone because the weather is so different than what we are used to. I don't want to come across like I am complaining because I'm not. I am so thankful that my husband was accepted and is excelling in dental school here. Its a very special opportunity. We have so many blessings and a very long list of things to be grateful for. I have just been thinking that its hard for a mom with a new baby to make friends. I don't even know where to start looking. The other issue is finding a person you trust to babysit maybe once a month so we can go out to dinner. I really miss my family in Arizona and am looking forward to visiting them for two weeks during Arty's spring break in March. I am curious how you all handle or would handle being away from friends and family and how you have found a great babysitter for date night.