A few weeks ago Meadow Isabella and I enrolled on a course at the local children’s centre called Mummy’s Tummy’s. I take part in mild exercise with other mothers and Meadow and the other under 1’s play in the Creche next door. I tossed and turned for weeks with my decision to take part or not, but as I work from home I decided it would be good for Meadow to meet other babies and for me to get some alone time with other new parents whilst attempting to get my figure back. The course was for 6 weeks so I decided I’d give it a whirl. That first morning I packed 4 nappies – for an hour, along with a change of clothes, tonnes of toys and prepared a milk bottle to go in her little nappy bag. On arrival 15 minutes early I felt like turning back more than once. In the playroom she just sat in her pram smiling at everyone! I filled in her information sheet and headed nervously to the room next door clutching my phone. I felt like I couldn’t concentrate on what the instructor was saying and kept staring at the glass door into the Crèche. I was relieved to learn that she wasn’t the youngest baby by far, but still leaving her proved very hard no matter how lovely the play workers were.
I really enjoyed chatting to the other mothers and the fitness instructor. Half way through the one-hour session Meadow and her Crèche worker popped in to give me a wave, which I really appreciated. She loved all the new toys and singing with the others, but I can honestly say I have never been more nervous in my entire life- more so than interviewing Sarah Jessica Parker! Week two was slightly easier as she lay on the play mat hugging Emily her doll! Her crèche worker Annette missed her last week when we were off with a cold – we didn’t want it to spread to the other babies. This week she tried out the play room Bumbo but wasn’t so keen. I gave her a feed midway through this week’s session (number 4) and was returning her to Annette, her Crèche worker, when another baby, a little boy, was waiting for Meadow to share a pink ball with her. It was a heart warming sight. After my circuit session was over, myself and the other mums returned to find all the other babies playing – Meadow was nowhere to be seen and I panicked. There was absolutely no need – she was tucked up fast asleep in her pram with her crochet blanket and musical seahorse content as could be.
The other mums are lovely and Meadow giggles at the other children and crèche workers – all of which she wouldn’t have met whilst cooped up at home with me. She seems to really enjoy her hour play and the new toys on offer. A combination of my new exercises and Meadow feeding 6 times a day for 20 weeks now means I’m back in my favourite jeans – they even nipped a little before I was pregnant, but not any more. And my stomach feels firmer and flatter. Good results all round!