Shy as a kid, I've learned to push myself in new situations but it is exhausting. I still don't enjoy meeting new people. However, having been a stay at home mom for 6 months might have adjusted my scale from pegged to a more moderate introvert. Having only one-sided conversations all day long, mostly consisting of "say Mama, ssssaaayyy Mmmaaammmaaa!", I've found myself making acquaintances with people at the grocery store. I know the "regular" cashier by name (its Alexis), and we will have a 10 minute conversation each time I'm there. On my "last-hurrah", I found myself blabbing to the saleswoman ringing up my purchase at Loft about how I'm ~6-months post-baby and have no idea what size clothing I wear.Who is this person? I have even been chatting up the other owners at the dog park.
Apparently, I've been starved for conversation and adult interaction. And, while I miss my snuggle bunny tremendously, being back at work now for over a week, I'm loving that I get to see and talk to people everyday. Although, it's still hard for me to get over my shyness and make new friends. So, I guess I'm not a reformed introvert afterall. Perhaps, even introverts need their small circle of people they let in.