As I get into my second year of being a mom, naturally I have come across a lot of situations that make me remember what we were doing a year ago. I’ll try to keep the yammering to a minimum, but this one has photographic evidence, so I thought I’d share.
Today, we started a new class. It’s at the same maternity/baby center where I’ve taken several other classes. It’s a little pricey (especially now that I have to pay for the 2nd kid…), but nice to have an outing in a child-safe place with developmentally-appropriate activities. Gets us out of the house, gives me new ideas, entertains the kids. And, it’s at 11AM, so gets them good and tired before the iffy PM nap.
The class was fun, seems like a nice enough group. There’s even another set of twins there, though they’re a touch on the younger side, and the mom brought the nanny along (and was surprised that I was there by myself… come on, just do it!). There were songs and toys and a story and a parachute. There was even a brief adventure with a water table (next week will, apparently, be sand). I was really struck by how big they’re getting, and the differences in each of the classes we’ve done.
Almost exactly one year ago, I started my very first mom/baby class there. I was the first one there, as tends to be my way. The oldest baby was 9 weeks, the youngest only 2. My kids were right in the middle. Almost the whole class was pretty mom-focused. We learned infant massage, we talked about breastfeeding and sleep and swaddling. We were all brand new to this whole thing, and the babies pretty much only ate or slept. We’d try a little tummy time. All of those babies are now a year old, most are walking. Some moms have gone back to work, some of us haven’t. One is even expecting her second. We have a Halloween party planned for next month.
Amazing, the difference a year makes. First, a picture I took during our third or fourth class. Big excitement: tummy time and mirrors (Daniel is the noggin in the middle)! Then, there was today. Water table and snacks! Just imagine next year…