Like lots of expectant parents we joined NCT ante-natal classes. I joined more to meet local soon to be Mum’s really, I worked away from where we lived and had no friends here at the time.
After the classes we all swapped email addresses and mobile numbers and agreed to meet up with our babies when they had all arrived.
Our babies arrived between end October (rather early) and the end of December 2009, so we met up towards the end of January 2010. I can remember feeling rather anxious, I didn’t really know these ladies, how would it all go, would I want to come home in the first five minutes etc etc.
We decided to meet at one of the group who had had twins, over lunch. So we arrived, I think we were all probably still shell-shocked, sleep deprived and rather bewildered by our new Mum status. As we all appeared it became obvious that Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix had done a great marketing job, as pretty much one baby after another turned up in the same seat.
There were 6 Mums from our original classes and 1 new Mum who NCT had asked us to contact. Between us we had 6 boys and 2 girls. I have no idea what I worried about, we hit it off instantly. We had the same concerns, fears and a lot of the same funny moments. The children were either sleeping or feeding through the whole of that first gathering.
Since that first meet up, we have met up almost every single Monday afternoon. We’ve done lots of things together, music groups, play groups, hundreds of picnics, family trips to Blenheim Palace – the list goes on.
One Mum has moved away and wasn’t local from the start, but I keep in touch via Facebook. The other Mum who joined us at the first meet up, didn’t keep in touch and I’ve never bumped in to her so not sure what they are doing now. But, the rest of us have become really good friends and a vital support network through good and sadly, through some tough times. They mean the world to me.
The nicest thing about meeting them is being able to watch all of our children grow up together. We’ve seen each other so often that we know them inside out, it’s wonderful. Now we have 3 ‘second generation’ boys in the fold, so plenty of baby cuddles for me! Sadly, we all live in different parts of the same town, so the children will all go to different Junior Schools. I think we all hope they will grow up still wanting to be friends, our time together will be different and probably more family orientated next year, but I have made friends for life and I hope my son has too.
Our NCT children are my Magic Moment for this week 🙂