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January 08, 2008

D.C. Moms Gone Wild

Monday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the D.C. Metro Moms Blog launch party at Le Chat Noir.  It was hosted by Graco with transportation (Reston Limousine) hosted by Yahoo and damn, do they know how to throw a party. It was a lot of fun. 

I got to meet most of the ladies from D.C. Metro Moms that I hadn't met before, reconnect with some old friends like Pundit Mom, Mamma Loves, Mom Ma'am Me, Gunfighter (our token guy), Devra of Parentopia, Kimberly from Petroville, and Sarah minus her Goon Squad.  I also finally got to meet Julie from Suburban Ecomom, Andrea from Andrea's Recipes, the unforgettable Susan (aka WhyMommy) from Toddler Planet, and many other ladies that I so look forward to getting to know better.

Considering there was an open bar, the party was actually pretty tame.  Although there was a wonderful moment between Susan and Gunfighter, who had never met before.  We were all wearing name tags, but the restaurant was dark and they were difficult to read.  Well, GF was checking out Susan's name tag and jokingly said, "Pardon me, I'm not trying to stare at your chest." Susan then informed GF that he could stare away and she'd be perfectly happy to show them to anyone who wanted a peek since "the girls" would only be around for 2 more weeks. 

(Our lovely Susan has IBC, a rare and deadly form of breast cancer.  She's doing great though and after surviving chemo, is scheduled for her double mastectomy in 2 weeks.  You can read all about it on her very informative and inspiring blog, Toddler Planet.) GF was a bit flustered and I swear he was bright red, even though I couldn't really tell in the dark.   

Susan clued GF in on the situation and he looked awfully relieved.  I think he thought Susan had gotten an early start at the bar up until that point.  I've never seen anyone so relieved to hear it was just breast cancer before!

The Graco people at the party were wonderful.  Lindsay has just launched Graco's new blog and I can tell that she'll fit in to the blogging world instantly.  There was also an awfully cute Graco guy named Paull from Australia.  I was tempted to just follow him around the entire evening so I could listen to his accent but I thought he might be a bit creeped out.  He was nice enough to record a little video blog shout out for me though.

Paull was taking pictures and some video for Graco and they have a Flickr group set up for the photos.  When Paull had the video camera out, I told Susan it was her chance to take the girls out for one last spin, but she didn't go for it.  Clearly she wasn't drinking enough.  I think if we'd gotten a few more drinks in her, Lindsay and Paull could have sold the video to Girls Gone Wild.  Mommy Bloggers Gone Wild?  Is there a market for post-partem boobs?  Wait, I don't want to know.  There are some real freaks out there.

The very nice Graco people are also sending one of their brand spanking new Sweetpeace soothing centers to one of our mom bloggers who just delivered a baby.  (I suppose we had to excuse her from the party for childbirth.  Just this once.)  The Sweetpeace is the mac daddy of swings.  Actually, it's hard to call it a swing.  That's sort of like comparing a Yugo to a Porsche.  Where was this thing when I had a reflux baby who wouldn't sleep anywhere but on my chest?

On to the pictures:


photos in Graco Get-Togethers More photos in Graco Get-Togethers

Ooh, I also must mention something that will make you green with envy.  Pundit Mom invited me to stay with her and her family for the evening, so I got to meet Mr. Pundit Mom and Pundit Girl.  Pundit Girl blew me away with her poise and intelligence and she read me some of her poems.  She's so self possessed and affectionate and just plain nice.  I wanted to take her home with me.  Ms. and Mr. Pundit Mom are doing a great job.

I had so much fun with my fellow D.C. Metro Mom bloggers.  I'm just a bit disappointed that there wasn't enough time to talk everyone for as long as I wanted to.  I guess that means we'll just have to do it again soon.

Cross posted on Steph's personal blog, Lawyer Mama.

*Photo at top of post: Gunfighter, Devra, Steph, and Suzie.


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