Friday 23rd September 2016
Tots & Tums
I feel so lucky that my pregnancy journey has taken me to places where I have met some truly wonderful people.
I met Rachael Logue back in January at a Lush Tums Pregnancy Yoga class in Blyth. She was about five weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy, therefore I feel like she’s the ‘mam’ of the yoga mammy tribe.
The first one in our class to disembark the pregnancy ride – and board the mother ship.
I discovered that Rachael ran Tots & Tums classes in Blyth. I remember being excited that there was something I could get involved in when Baba W arrived.
I’d put a plan in place (obvs – I’m such a dork). As soon as the hubster went back to work (and I had established some form of routine) I was forcing myself to get out there.
Out of the house.
Over the threshold of the front door – buggy and entire house in tow.
Out there into the big wide world. A world on the outside that had carried on as normal – while my whole world on the inside had changed.
I remember that Tuesday morning; a grey one back in April (19th to be precise). Hubby had been back to work a couple of weeks and the visitors had started dying down. After being housebound the majority of the time following my c-section (aside from the odd small walk) I knew I needed to get back out there. For my sanity and for Ella’s.
I power walked (as I was late – which I discovered becomes the norm once you have a small human) down to St Cuthbert’s Hall in Blyth. I had my headphones rammed in my ears, drowning out baby whinges and basically the rest of the world in general.
I was in a bubble.
On a mission.
To make sure we definitely made it to this group. No matter how unbelievably daunting the whole experience felt.
And do you know what?
It’s the best thing I ever did.
Just sitting chatting to other mammies who had the exact same experience that morning; that they or their partner had told them to do it – to get out of the house and go to a group.
It was good to talk to adults; even if it was about who’d had the least sleep, what feeding methods we were using and whose baby weighed what.
It was company – general chit-chat. And I must admit the pre-baby me would’ve hated doing this – going to a group and just talking about baby crap (literally).
But it was so good for me. I walked back feeling an utter sense of achievement. I’d managed to get myself and a tiny human out of the house! For a few hours aswell and, more importantly, we’d both survived.
I felt empowered.
I can do this.
I’m a warrior.
Over the past few months I’ve seen Tots & Tums grow and flourish into a wonderful support network for parents.
Exciting times ahead! With movement to the Little Stars at the Albion Centre in Blyth as of the 4th October, implementation of a Sensory Chill Room, Tots Playgroup, Mental Health Support Group and a Halloween Baby Rave to name but a few.
Super proud of Rachael and all that she has achieved.
Love Missuswolf xxx