@bbhope after a couple more catch ups maybe you should ask her what she does during the day. My MG would welcome a new member joining in but after a few months it is harder I agree. Some women have formed friendships. I know some mums have a separate catch ups now. Smaller group. The big MG is weekly and sometimes it can be too big. How about taking DS to gymbaroo or mini maestro? You could also meet other mums there.
I feel frustrated @bbhope that I couldn't get everything done being only a part timer. I still try to do a full time job in my part time hours. My boss was the one that pointed the only person putting pressure on me is myself. He's a great boss isn't he?
Yeah it's nice to have family around. My husbands family doesn't help at all but mine does. There have been a couple of times I asked mum if I could drop off DD to sleep there for a couple of hours while I do some errand.