My local YMCA offers a Child Watch service for moms who wish to work out. You can leave your child with them (aged 6 weeks or older) for up to two hours while you take a fitness class, swim in the pool, or use the Fitness Center.
I waited until now to try it out because I was waiting for an all-clear from my doctor to return to normal activities. On Friday, I got just that, so I called the YMCA and signed up for the Zumba class, which blends aerobics exercise with Latin and other dance styles. I will have to wait until November to do water aerobics, since the class I wanted was already filled.
The YMCA staff person I spoke to on the phone had told me to come a couple minutes early so I could fill out some information. However, though I started getting ready with time to spare, Kung Fu Panda had a massive poopy diaper just before we were supposed to be heading out, which took some time to clean up. I walked into the YMCA just as the class was supposed to start! That's OK; it was more important to get KFP properly enrolled.
Sure enough, the card was very simple, requiring just some basic information. There was another sign-up sheet inside, as well. Two women were running the Child Watch, one of whom I recognized from the water aerobics class. She spoke to me to find out if there were any special instructions and told me they would come get me if they needed me.
On one side of the room, toddlers played happily with toys, while several infants got attention on the other side of the room. As I left, KFP was looking around the colorful room with the wide eyes he has when he discovers something new.
The class was already in session as I walked in the door, but it didn't take long to get the hang of things. One of the other students directed me to a bag where I could get a coin-covered belly-dancing hip scarf, worn to accentuate the many hip swivels, circles and similar belly-dancing moves. I knew immediately I would like this class.
The instructor kept us on our toes with interesting choreography that challenged us and made us smile. I was happy to see the class, like my water aerobics class, was filled with a wide range of ages and sizes. Some of them danced like pros while others were clearly learning the ropes.
At the end of the class, we did some toning for our arms and abs, as well as a cool down. I felt really good, although I'll probably have some soreness tomorrow!
As I walked into the Child Watch room, one of the women was pushing KFP's stroller back and forth and talking to him, eliciting delighted smiles. They told me that he had done really well and even slept for a while! I had worried that he would cry the entire time, but thankfully, he seemed to have a great time meeting new people and seeing new things.
It's great to know that I'll be able to work out, guilt-free, as I continue my efforts to lose the pregnancy weight.
KFP is braver (or more resilient) than I realized.