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A First for Me and KFP

This weekend, my wonderful husband, The Gryphon, and some friends threw me a 40th birthday party. I'll share pictures and more later this week (hopefully tomorrow). Right now, though, I have to blog about this morning, and our unbelievably non-traumatic experience with a babysitting service.

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.

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Sep. 13th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
That's so great! He will enjoy the stimulation, AND he'll have a happier, fitter Mommy :-)
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
He did seem fascinated. When I took him back there today, he seemed just as happy.
Sep. 13th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about that is that you're right there if they need you, so of course they don't.

They're massively promoting Zumba here and I'd love to try it, but it won't be possible for me - my home schooled children are too old for creche and my husband doesn't get home early enough in the evening. At some point, I'll be able to get out at weekends, but if I can only choose one thing, yoga wins every time. Maybe in ten years!
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
You might be able to find a Zumba workout on DVD. However, finding the time to do it could still be a challenge!
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a fun class and a wonderful nursery!
For the WIN!!!
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I was happy that he seemed to enjoy it. Today, I was back there while I worked out in the fitness center, and it went well.
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
The class sounds like it is a great class.

The nursery sounds like it is going to be a good place for KFP. Seems like every parent worries some about leaving their child that first time in a new place. We have many parents come to see if their baby is alright only to discover that he/she is playing happily or loving being held with no care in the world.

Getting out will be good for both of you.
Sep. 15th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
He was back there today while I worked out in the fitness center and did really well.
Sep. 14th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
That poopy diaper? Yes, hence the phrase, "Shit happens."

Okay, that said, this arrangement will be good for you and KFP both.
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