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has to offer is incredible. There's something for everyone." The WMF is essentially virtual — without its own building — but all the events take place in and around Wellesley. Playgroups are assigned according to the age of the child/children and family schedules, and the groups tend to stick together for years, rotat- ing from house to house. It's all about con- necting people in the same situation so they can relate to and support each other. WMF has evolved over the years, but its purpose has remained the same. "When my husband and I first moved to Wellesley from Charlestown I joined the Wellesley Mothers Forum," says Jenni Colone, a Wellesley mom. "My son was two and I was pregnant with my daughter. I saw it as a chance to connect with other moms, and I've found it to be an amazing resource. Having a baby is a huge change," admits Colone. "Your friends may not be at the same stage of life, but the women in the Wellesley Mothers Forum are. You end up having really intimate conversa- tions with these women that make you bond so strongly. It's a very vulnerable time in your life and you just con- nect. Back then I remember really looking forward to those play- groups. Once a week I felt very normal about the fact that my baby wouldn't eat or sleep or poop, because everyone else was going through the same thing. When I moved my son from a bassinette to a crib he was so fidgety. A playgroup friend told me, 'just stick him right in the corner of the crib,' and he slept like an angel!" Wellesley mom Lee Duvall has been a WMF member for almost six years and served on the board, as Vice President and as Director of Membership. "Wellesley Mothers Forum gave me a terrific sense of community, acceptance, knowledge, and lifelong friendships, especially since I was 43 when I had my son and had no idea how to be a mom. None of the women in my play- group cared about my age. We were all in the same boat as we learned about this strange new role called Motherhood." 161 s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Nerine Warasta (WMF co-president) and Gayatri Pradhan

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