Support Outside the Classroom
When I was pregnant I really thought that having a baby would mean endless coffee mornings, meeting mums and babies in the park, WhatsApp-ing day and night and generally being a Mummy that lunches!
The reality of that was a little different, and although I got out and about a fair bit, I found myself signing up to any class or activity going, just so that I could make my first BMF (Best Mummy Friend). This was great in many ways because my daughter got to do loads of activities, but it can be expensive and classes don't always offer the time and space for you to get to know the other mums.
This is why alongside classes I have set up the Yoga Mum Club, a Facebook group purely for class attendees to make it easier to make those contacts and so that they can share ideas, thoughts and feelings in a supportive space. I also host regular meet-ups for group members - totally informal as I am accompanied by my young daughter as well - but just an opportunity to chat to a different person when you feel like it. Details are posted on the Facebook group as and when they are arranged. I love seeing new friendships forming as ladies get to know each other week by week and we all get to share in the excitement over new baby arrival news!
June 2018 Meet Up at M & S Gateway Café, Banbury
Although the photo is not great, it does show 4 new Mums (the 5th was cut off by the photographer!), all having a good chat, over a drink and a bite to eat. It was lovely to see Mums and keep up the contact after classes have finished and to get to meet the babies that are for me 'the invisible students'. Oh, and as an explanation, the baby on my baby's lap is "Robert", sadly not real, but Chloe's current favourite toy!
September 2018 Macmillan Coffee Morning at Amy's House
In September a group of 12 mums and babies and toddlers all came round to my place to raise money for Macmillan as part of the National Big Coffee Morning. We had a great time with coffee and cake a plenty and children everywhere you looked! It was lovely to see some of the mums who had their babies at the start of the year, as well as the more recent arrivals and a couple of bumps too. In the course of the morning we raised just over £100, all for a very worthy cause.