There was a time, mainly the first 3 weeks where I thought I would never leave the house with Pippa. I mean who on earth has the energy or time to drag a baby out to classes and coffee shops in between feeds, crying and nappy changes?! One friend who has a 2 year old and a 6 month old would tell me about her weekly schedule of a baby class in the morning and then some kind of activity in the afternoon, EVERY DAY! I thought she was mad.
I think a lot of it was due to lack of confidence about taking Pippa out (and of course the lack of sleep, constant feeding, crying and nappy changes!). However as the weeks have gone on and Pippa has become more settled into a routine, and i myself have fallen into a little routine, I found myself itching to get out of the house. The days that I would stay in would leave both myself and Pippa rather ratty and it wasn’t nice for either of us, or for H to come home to!
Initially I started with ‘Baby Rhyme & Tummy Time‘ and went with a friend. As we were both newbies it took the nerves away but actually I’ve found that any mother with a baby will always chat to you so I needn’t have worried about being the awkward young mum in the corner with the screaming baby!
It’s a lovely little class run by our local children’s center – something I only discovered once I’d had Pippa, offering support, classes and activities. The class is for young babies and we sing lots of nursery rhymes with actions, then there’s 15 minutes at the end to practice some tummy time with the babies, and an excuse for a gossip and baby chat with the other mums!
Our local NCT also run a lot of activities, one of which, ‘baby walkers‘ I go to with a couple of the girls from my NCT classes. Once a week we meet up and go on a walk over Dunstable Downs, a beautiful spot with amazing views providing a great place for a walk over the hills. Not only is it a bit of a work out, it’s nice to get some fresh air and chat to the other mums with a coffee at the end!
Before I was pregnant I did lots of Pilates and yoga and whilst I was pregnant I was able to continue these with pregnancy Pilates and yoga classes. Now, 6 weeks after giving birth I’m ready to start exercising again so have gone back to Pilates. This time it’s ‘mother and baby Pilates.’ Ran by the same woman who ran the pregnancy classes, all the same women attend but this time bringing the babies along instead of our bumps! It’s a great start back into exercise and she provides toys and bouncy chairs etc. for the babies (who mainly lie around on the floor in front of you!). It’s also a nice way to catch up with the mums you spent 9 months with in the previous classes.
As Pippa gets older, there’s even more that we can do, I have already signed up to a ‘baby massage’ course that starts in November, once Pippa is 2 months old and I’ve looked at swimming lessons which she can start once she’s 4 months. We’ve also recently purchased an Ergobaby baby carrier so I’m looking forward to more walks with that soon, as it’s only managed one outing so far!
So there is plenty more activities to keep us going over the rest of my maternity leave and beyond!