It's not officially winter yet, but it certainly feels like winter outside. If you've just had a baby or are due in the next few months, there's a good chance the short days and the weather will have an impact on you...and not in a good way.
As if having a newborn to take care of isn't tiring enough -- the weather and the lack of sunlight can really bring you down when you are home. I'm telling you from experience--as soon as you are physically able--get out and about with your little one or you are going to be miserable.
How? Here are a few ideas:
Find your local MOMs Club (http://www.momsclub.org/links.html#Virginia), get exercising with your little one (Stroller Strides/ Mommy and Baby Pilates). Sign up at one of the baby gyms in the area (Gymboree, Little Gym, My Gym, JW Tumbles -- are all located throughout the area and offer relatively similar classes for 3 month olds). Both Arlington and Alexandria Library systems offer free baby/children's programs each week.
Finding a MOMs Club is probably the first thing I'd recommend. The dues are usually low (about $25/year) and it gives you access to mom and baby events in your area. The other groups/activities almost all require a membership fee + monthly tuition...so you'll want to make sure you find the one that's right for you.
One local mom started putting together "sampler" programs for new moms. Robin Churilla started Onesies DC to help moms learn about different programs in the area for mommy and baby. For around $200 you get 6 weeks of classes for you and your baby. Each week it's a different class. For example, one week you might do Stroller Strides, another you do Baby and Me Yoga, and another you may do a music and rhythm class. At the end of the six weeks you then have a new group of friends and a better idea of what activities you'd like to do in the future. I just thought it was an interesting idea that new moms might want to check out...especially if you are new to the area.
OnesiesDC (locations in MD and VA)