8 years ago today I became a mummy, a roller coaster of a labor which I’m sure most are, followed by baby Sinda being plonked in my arms and then wondering ‘what on earth do I do now?’
I still remember when she was tiny how I felt, sleep deprived, struggling with breastfeeding and just generally not having a clue. I didn’t leave the house for 6 weeks from not being able to walk (oh the joy!). And then when I did eventually leave, I felt like everyone else had their sh*t together while I was a fumbling mess, getting used to being a mummy outside of the house, add on top of that a baby with such bad re-flux she would vomit just by even looking at her.
I wish I could say I had a support network of friends with other babies, but I didn’t. What I did have though was a very supportive family who I could rely on no matter what.
I didn’t attend any groups; I would occasionally attend my local children centre, but as my daughter got older these clashed with nap times. Back then I don’t really recall there being lots of different baby groups, unless of course I was wrapped up in my own little baby bubble that I didn’t notice them, but I am so glad to see there are so many different baby groups for mummies to attend; giving parents the opportunity to get out and about to meet other new mummies.
Support is a huge part of Serene baby, we offer ongoing support to mum’s. After class you are never rushed to leave, you can take your time have a hot drink and chat with other mummies, you never know you may meet your new BFF! I keep my classes small so that everyone gets an opportunity to be listened to and heard. By having these small classes everyone gets to know each other, I hate that feeling of attending a large group, not knowing anyone and having to fight to talk or to not want to speak out about a worry. Our classes are more than just a massage or yoga class we are a support network for each other, if you have a worry or a problem I can guarantee there will be someone who is going though or been through similar, so can offer a listening ear or advice.
When you are having a crappy day, don’t forget:
- you’re an amazing mummy
- you’re doing your best
- be kind to yourself – we all have ups and downs
- get out of the house, go for a walk, pop to a group, or meet a friend.
- take care of yourself.
- give yourself a break and have a nap.
- this moment in your life will not last forever……
Although saying that those sleepless night can sure feel like a bloody eternity!
I am your biggest cheerleader! You have got this mama!