Some of you may have seen that I publicly announced this week on my Facebook page that I was making it my goal to blog at least one time per week. Since I want to hold myself accountable I decided to put showering and packing for my New York trip that’s tomorrow on hold to sit down and do this. So here I go…
It’s the perfect time to blog because today was a super successful day for the ‘stay at home mom side‘ of JPPilates! Grayson and I CO- TAUGHT our first official class together. And neither of us shed a tear, which these days is a major feat in itself.
Since moving to Charlestown I’ve gotten to know Kristin Quinn the owner of Charlestown Yoga. (I actually knew her first from reading her hilarious blog.) I met Kristin in person when I sat next to her at my first ever exercise class that I took with Grayson when he was 6 weeks old. Since then we’ve been in touch a bit about me subbing classes and teaching a workshop at her studio, but earlier this week she caught me off guard when she asked if I would be interested in subbing the Babies and Barre class – the same one I first took so many weeks ago.
My first reaction when reading her email was HELL NO. Even though Kristin told me I could bring Grayson with me I thought there was no freaking way I would be able to teach a room of Moms, babies AND worry about my own son too. I’m not that pulled together yet. Or am I? On second thought I decided to tell her yes. What was the worst that could happen… Actually we don’t want to go there, so I just decided to put my big girl pants on, step up to the plate and give this challenge a try.
So for those of you without babies at home, let me share that I was worried about more than just ‘what if Grayson cries, pukes, poops or pees all over me while I’m standing in front of a room of people.” I now had to figure out the following (and yes I actually made a list of things I was worried about organizing).
1. What time do I need to dress, change and feed Grayson before we leave the house so that as the teacher I can actually be on time?
2. How will I figure out showering and getting myself to look presentable all before 9:45 am. It’s not easy I swear.
3. How do I get actually Grayson to the studio which is 3 blocks away? Do I push him in the stroller, then put him in the ergo carrier to teach class? Or do I wear him in the ergo to walk over, then when we get there take him out of the ergo to take off his sweatshirt, then put him back in the Ergo to wear him during class. You see, I can’t keep the sweatshirt on while I teach because he will over heat, which may mean he’ll start to scream and then I will have to deal with a sweaty, screaming baby which will make me start to sweat and want to scream…
OK you get it? I’ll stop there.
Anyways I figured out all of the above and was ready to conquer the world. I mean I was ready to teach a 45 minute class just down the road. Somehow I managed to get myself and Grayson dressed and ready to leave on time. We were just about to depart when this happened.
Shit. Is it too late to back out?
I guess the G Man didn’t appreciate his “I Love Pilates” outfit. Well I was just trying to be cute and clever. Noted. I won’t do that again.
Despite this minor setback we made it to the studio on time. I decided to wear Grayson in the Ergo Baby Carrier the whole time I was teaching in hopes that he would fall into a trance of fetal recognition once he heard the Rhianna tunes and my finger snapping. And it worked! Once he heard my teacher voice turn on he stopped squirming and went along for the ride… And oh what a ride it was.
This was the hardest class I’ve ever taught, and I’m not just saying that because I had a 13lb baby strapped to my body. Picture this… Music is playing. Babies are whimpering, whining, gurgling and CRYING. Moms are shushing, holding, rocking, swaying and feeding. There is a wonderful assistant walking around the room picking up crying babies and soothing them. There are small infants on the floor, on the mats, in car seats and on laps. I have to make sure I don’t step on a small baby, pacifier, toy or bottle. Oh yea, and we’re doing Pilates.
To say there is a lot going on is an understatement. If I wasn’t a new mom myself I wouldn’t have gotten it. But now I do. It all works. Just like everything else in this new world of parenthood, you just do what you gotta do, when you gotta do it. The teacher in me wondered if anyone in the room was even paying attention to the instructions I was giving. The mom in me wondered why I cared and said shut up, they are doing amazing!
And you know what, we all did great! The beauty of a class like this isn’t always about the workout. It’s about the fact that you made it out of the house (not in pjs) and attempted to do something so good for your body. Anything else (planks, push-ups, c-curve) is just an added bonus.
The good part is that I got to help these new moms who are just like me and it felt amazing! Grayson ended up falling asleep about five minutes into the class and slept the entire time and even for a full hour afterwards. I got meet new Mom friends and see old ones too.
And for the best news… I’m going to be permanently subbing this class on a weekly basis (with Grayson) until the regular teacher returns! I know it will be a challenge for me, but I’m so excited to take this on and grow as a teacher and a new mommy.
Sometimes it’s the things that scare us and stress us out that are the most rewarding. It may seem small and trivial, but for me today was a monumental day in my new world. Yay!
So do you guys think I’m crazy? Have you ever faced challenges that may seem small but still leave you feeling fulfilled and like a superhero? Please share!
You can find Grayson and I co-teaching Babies and Barre (BYOB – Bring Your Own Baby to class) at Charlestown Yoga on Thursdays 10:00-10:45am until the end of May when the regular teacher returns at which time I will convert back to a regular student in class again.