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Kilasi omo ti a lọ -Baby classes we attend

Once I had given birth to my little girl, gotten into the swing of breastfeeding (without the pain) and maternity leave (it feels great not waking up early to go to work), I decided to enrol onto some baby classes. I felt that it would be a great way to meet new mums, stimulate my daughters’ brain and provide us with a structure that meant we were out of the house every day.

I first signed up to Mini Mozart classes for the term (Sept – Dec). These classes were GREAT – I think I enjoyed it more than my daughter did (then again she was only 5 weeks old at the time). The class features one or more live instruments with a piano accompanist. The babies and toddlers get up close and touch the instruments, before enjoying a classic story such as ‘The Ugly Duckling’ or ‘The Gingerbread Man’ with incorporates bubbles, parachute, puppets and lots of singing. The music is heavily centred around Mozart and Beethoven which is a great way to introduce concepts of pitch, rhythm, dynamics and tempo.

Another class we signed up to was Baby Sensory . This class is run by a large franchise, so you should hopefully be able to find a class relatively close to your home. Again, we signed up for the term and found the organisation of the class to be great and the teacher was most welcoming and very engaging.  Each week, a new theme was presented and a vast array of props were used to engage the babies. Over the winter, we have been treated to themes such as ‘French Week’ and ‘Sea Life’. We attended an epic Baby Sensory themed Christmas party in December with laid on a great spread for us mum and the babies were given presents.

The class is very relaxed and breastfeeding or bottle feeding is completely encouraged if the baby needs a feed. There are a nice selection of toys and baby gyms scattered around the room to keep all babies entertained during the class and a 15 min break in between, means that you can squeeze in a nappy change and a chinwag with the other mums.

I also enrolled my daughter onto swimming classes with Water Babies. My daughter has definitely enjoyed swimming (apart from the odd day or two when teething has been intense), she often laughs and giggles whilst having a splash about. We’re currently on our second term and enjoyed an underwater photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.

We did a Baby Massage course for a month when she was 10 weeks old. It was a great way for us to bond further and develop the instinctive healing power of touch which is a baby’s first form of communication. So definitely have a look around your local area to see which courses or classes are running. You might find that it’s easier to attend when your baby is between the ages of 0-6 months and they’re less mobile.

Some of the other classes we are looking into signing up to next term are Sing and Sign, and we’re potentially going to trial Monkey Music and Hartbeeps (also run by large franchises).

When we’re not attending classes, we venture out to the cinema. We frequent The Electric Cinema, Lexi Cinema and Everyman Cinema  whenever there’s a film I really want to see…like Fifty Shades Darker, Fences, Hidden Figures, Mooonlight etc which are some of the films we have recently been to see. Most cinemas run parent/carer and baby screenings on a weekday morning, some offer a hot drink and a slice of delicious cake with your ticket price, so check out your local cinema.

Remember that having a baby doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy life like you used to. In fact, in my opinion, life just got better!!!

Which baby classes have you attended? Have you found any great classes? What are your favourites? I would love to hear from you.

Until next time…. O dabọ (goodbye)

Abiyamo ni osu mefa – Motherhood at 6 months

It’s been 6 months?! I’ve been a mummy for 6 months already?! I still pinch myself at the thought sometimes. So much has happened in such a short space of time and it’s not just been physical, but more so mentally, spiritually, emotionally and possibly even egotistically.

I came across this quote a little while back;

“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

The first time I read it, I felt nothing, it meant nothing to me. It was just one of those quotes you read and thought…”meh…whatever…” However, after connecting with motherhood and reading this quote multiple times over, I find that I’m deeply connected to the words more so now than ever before. I find myself exploring ideas and new ventures that I had never even considered before. They say the mindset of a woman changes when she becomes a mother and boy don’t I know it now??!!! Billions of women have ventured before us and found their way and that’s just what it’s been….their way. What I realise is that you can read every book, talk to all the other mum’s at classes and soft plays but whether they’re experienced or not, they might provide you with some direction but not necessarily THE ANSWER. The answers are our own job to find…you have to find what’s right for you and your child. We’ll try everything. We’ll fail at some things. We’ll mess up a few times. Possibly feel lost 50-100% of the time. Feeling overwhelmed more than you care to concede. You might even feel like you are spending a lot of time driving through thick clouds of fog just trying to fiercely to find your way.

As I watch Iman these days I have a hard time believing that it wasn’t so long ago that I held her for the first time, that I bathed her for the first time and those first few breastfeeding weeks weren’t that long ago. Motherhood has been an amazing journey for me. As someone who has always been excited about the prospect of having children but also self-focused on my career. I had always hoped and prayed that this time would work out for me.  There have been big ups and downs and these are things that I plan to talk about in future posts, but more than anything I look back at photos from the days of pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks and I see a beautiful new version of myself. Iman has changed me in all the best ways possible. I’m so happy that I haven’t lost myself anywhere along the lines. Instead, I’m here feeling as if I am more of myself than I ever thought I could be. I feel I have all strong handle on who I am becoming in this new role.  I like this Latifah far better, irrespective of the journey that brought me here.

Being a mother is amazing but it has its challenging moments. Though I haven’t struggled with PND or PPA, I’m pleased to say that I’ve been able to offer support to women I know that have. Over the last 6 months, I have been able to share real honest and raw details of our motherhood experiences with other new and experienced mum’s. We’ve celebrated the big things and the little things to support one another without judgement through the hardest things. From fussy nights, to postpartum depression to breastfeeding ending sooner than hoped to finding the balance as mum’s and career women or entrepreneurs to physical recoveries to vaccinations and weaning. I have grown to really appreciate the importance of friends who are there for you without judgement, who believe the same things, who fight for the same things with their child or children and are there for you no matter what!

Irrespective of the journey over the last 6 months. I have never felt more complete in my life. Iman’s developing awareness of the world around her is exhilarating and I know it won’t be much longer before I’m chasing her around the place. I’d say I’ve hit a point where I’m learning to loosen the reigns and let her explore and figure things out for herself even at this young age. I see parts of her personality showing and I know it’s only going to get better and better. She lights up my world every day that I feel like I could explode. No matter what, she will always be the No.1 love of my life. My focus has shifted to wanting to build a life that is all about providing her with the greatest life I can and that itself creates so much clarity in life. Therefore, surrounding myself with people that make me better, is a key part of my motherhood journey.

Iman has always been and will always be my calm during the storm. I can’t necessarily put it into words but every time I look at her, I know everything will be just fine. I’m enjoying every second of every day with her and looking forward to all the next development leaps.

So mum’s and dad’s, how did you feel at 6 months? Anything trying or hard about this time? What would you say has been your best part thus far?

If you have a question please add it below!!!