Becoming Mumsy

My journey through motherhood and everything in between.

Playgroup adventures.

Welcome back!

This week has welcomed a few firsts for Edie and I. For those that know me will know that I'm not the greatest of socialisers. I can be quite awkward when I'm meeting new people, mainly because it's out of my comfort zone. 

So, this week, I decided that I was finally going to tackle some baby groups. I'd prepared myself to just go and put myself out there and try to meet new people. In order to do that, I had to get a bus. Now, again, if you know me, you'll know that I do not do public transport. Again, mainly because it's out of my comfort zone, but I did it - small victories, and all that.


Boobs, boobs, boobs

Nearby, we have a local breastfeeding support group that I'd been told about whilst I was pregnant, and it never seemed like something that I'd enjoy. However, I decided that it would be great to meet some local breastfeeding mums. The main reason being that, although I can talk about breastfeeding until the cows come home, it's nice to be able to talk about it to people that get it. It also gave me a chance to talk about any concerns that I had in regards to feeding - mainly the problem of lopsided boobs, but that's a whole other story!

So, once I'd talked myself out of the house, and after much preparation to find out which bus I needed to get, we made our way to the bus stop. On we hopped and then we made it to our destination. Having a pram on the bus was a whole different experience. I ended up having one of those 'oh my gosh, I'm a mum' moments whilst clinging on to Edith's pram.

I walked in with Edith in tow, and we were greeted with a group of friendly mums and their babes. I can't explain just how nervous I was walking into the room, but once I'd settled myself in, I was made to feel so welcome. Personally, I think this is one of the main things, that as a new mum, that people worry about - being the 'odd' one out. Most groups have friendship groups within them, which can be overwhelming when you don't know anyone there. However, baby groups are set up for local mums to all meet each other, so for anyone worrying about going to any, I say just give it a try!

Baby sensory and ball pits

Later on in the week, I went along with a friend to another group. This one was more of a baby play group, as opposed to the support group that I'd gone to alone. It was so lovely being able to try out new things with Edith. 

The group was great. It was pretty busy, but there was so much space and activities for babies to take part in. Edith was a particular fan of the light up sensory toys. If you've read my previous post on our first holiday, you'll see that we took Edith to baby sensory where she absolutely loved the fishy bubble machine, and the one at the play group was no exception!



Again, we were both made to feel so welcome, and I can happily say we will be going back again. 

Edith had her first experience in a ball pit, too. As an adult, it's nothing exciting, but for her, it was something else. Her facial expressions were somewhere between confused and excited, which was lovely. I've probably said this before, but it's such a joy, and a privilege, to enjoy life through Edith and watching her learn. 



 What were your first experiences of playgroups? 

Thanks, lovelies.

A.x


2 comments

  1. I find most groups so welcoming because you're watching your child's reactions so it instantly gives you something to talk about

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  2. I've signed up to a waiting list to sign Emily up to baby ballet! We love the sensory room too but it's not a group, it's a private booking which I love! I think I might have to look for more groups nearby though xx

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