Sometimes it seems that Benjamin knows me even better than I know myself.
As I mentioned in this post about my apprehension to join a “Mommy Group”, he thought I would really enjoy getting out of the house and meeting some people with babies the same age as Owen. I was worried that I’d hate the small talk and chit-chat and baby comparing. And frankly, I don’t really mind being in the house all day… at least not right now while taking care of Owen is easily a full-time job.
But all of that changed yesterday.
Do you know what I did? I went to a free “Breastfeeding Drop-In” at Isis Maternity (a specialty pregnancy/parenting store with several locations around Boston that run lots of classes and events for parents and babies). They have a lactation consultant there for an hour or so and you can stop by and ask breastfeeding questions, and even book a one-on-one consultation if you have a specific issue. I decided it would be a good opportunity to get out of the house and try breastfeeding somewhere new, and I still have lots of questions about my lopsided milk production and pumping and nipple shields, etc., so I figured I would benefit from a little Q&A with an expert other than the lactation specialist I’ve seen at my OB’s office. So with my pregnant sister-in-law in tow for moral support, I ventured out with little Owen. We shopped around in the amazing retail side of their store for awhile (I picked up a pack of Aden + Anais swaddle blankets, per everyone’s suggestions to my swaddle post — very excited to try them out once I wash them!), and then went in to the room where the breastfeeding drop-in was being held.
To my surprise, there were nearly 15 women all seated on the floor with boppy pillows nursing their babies! For some reason I expected it to be an empty room with the lactation consultant in it where people would stop in and ask questions and then leave. But this was like a breastfeeding PARTY! I found a seat, whipped out my nipple shield and joined the fun. Even more to my surprise, the drop-in was more like a class. The lactation consultant went around the room introducing us and our babies, and then giving us each time to ask our questions. While we chatted, babies fussed and cried, moms changed diapers and used the scale that was available to weigh their babies. It was the perfect level of controlled chaos, and I was so thrilled to be a part of it. I think I sat there the whole time with my mouth open, nodding and smiling as women described various issues they were having. It was amazing to see all of the different babies and hear the questions from other moms. As I caught the eyes of some of the moms and smiled, I was overwhelmed by how happy I was to be a part of this little club, and I couldn’t wait to sign up for a Mommy Group.
Needless to say, I learned A LOT. I got some great advice (both from the lactation consultant and from other moms), and I walked right out the door to the register and signed up for a Mommy Group that starts in early September. I’m really excited. Not only that, but since Owen was fed and changed and I was already out of the house, I even headed over to Starbucks and enjoyed an entire vanilla latte while he slept soundly in his carseat. Pure bliss. I think I’ll go back to the breastfeeding drop-in next week too. I’m sure I’ll have more questions, and maybe this time I’ll actually talk to some of the other moms rather than just making eye contact :)
I’m not afraid to say it: I was wrong. I think I’m going to LOVE my Mommy Group.
And while we’re on the subject, I’m also eating my words about ever wanting twins. I can’t imagine doing everything that I’m doing with Owen, times two. I am SO THANKFUL I only have one baby right now.
Benjamin 2, Kate 0.