One thing I have learned in my 3 years of motherhood is that it takes a village to raise these babies.
I was 28.5 years old when I became a mommy for the first time. Since I had 6 years of marriage and 5 years of wanting to be a mommy under my belt, I felt like I “knew a thing or two”. What I mean here is that I was that woman who silently thought “I would NEVER let my kids act like that… or do that.. or whatever”. Don’t judge me, most of you all have done it too. Truth’s the truth.
Call it payback, eating my words, or whatever, but I’ve become that mom. Yes, my kids are cute. They are also sinful human beings. No one had to teach them that. They throw tantrums, throw things, love the word NO (not when I say it), and push the limits. They are also really great kids, but like us all, they have their days.
As the mom of 2 young kids, I am apprehensive to put my kids in a childcare where I don’t know the people- especially when they are having a hard day! I’m not a helicopter mom, but until my children can verbalize and communicate better, I like to know who they are with. This makes working out a little tough. Granted, where I teach barre offers childcare every day at 9:45, and I’m lucky to know the ladies that watch them. Sometimes though, I like to switch it up or the class or childcare is full. Especially during this time of year! We all have our goals, right?
Enter Baby Bootcamp. Meagan, the owner of the Louisville Baby Bootcamp, reached out to me in the fall and asked if I wanted to tryout Baby Bootcamp. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. You take your kids, they stay with you and “play” while you workout. Have you met my kids?? They like to wrap themselves around my legs. I was pretty sure there would be no working out for me.
Everything in me wanted to say NO, but the words that came out was YES. What was I thinking?!?! I had a month free in exchange for my honest review and opinion. So, here it is… honestly. (and no Meagan did not get to proof this)
I went my first day frazzled. We had one of those mornings. The location is about 25 minutes from my house, so I had to pack the stroller, yoga mat, snacks, and things to keep the kids entertained. We did barre that morning- something I knew about. I went in not expecting much of a workout at all, I mean I had my kids.
Even more surprising than the workout was I greeted by moms just like me. We were all there with our kids and each as much of a hot mess as the other. When one melted, all the moms were like “no worries mama- I got ya!”. They weren’t fake, judgmental, or annoyed by any tantrum or disruption. They were embraced. WHEW!
Seems too good to be true right? Wrong. I was there for a month. These women love each other, each other’s kids, and you do get a good workout. I’m a personal trainer and I’m a workout snob. (truth’s the truth..) Honestly, Meagan does a great job! She also switches it up so you never get bored.
Also, it is socialization and play time for the kids. My kids really did enjoy it. During the pretty months, you are outside. Baby D LOVED that. In the cooler months, you are inside with a great play area for the kids.
More than just working out, this is a group of friends. Once a month they have mom’s night out, play dates, family workouts, and other activities for you to bond and get to know each other.
If you are local to Louisville, feel free to ask me any questions about it! I would love to connect you with Meagan. You can also check out this article done by the Courier Journal.
Now is the perfect time to get started because they are getting ready to start an 8 week challenge in February! It’s an overall wellness challenge/ competition called MOLO (mother love wellness challenge).
Honestly, I think it does take a village to raise babies, and Meagan has given you the perfect group to help socialize your littles and get a good workout in at the same time!
Have you ever tried working out with your little(s)?
What is your workout routine right now?