It was barely 5:30pm as I stood in my driveway with my arms stretched forward, holding my very first tiny baby saying, “HERE!” to my husband who had just pulled up from work. Though he would have preferred an indoor greeting that didn’t engage him in immediate parenthood before even unbuckling his seat belt, I was exhausted, grumpy as a result and had been stuck indoors all day without anything to do during the “retirement” of maternity leave.
Though we had taken a “baby care” class, infant CPR, attended the 4 or so weeks of child birth preparation.. and likely a few more in between BEFORE our precious package’s birth day, I was now home alone trying to remember why they told me there would be seedy poo and yet forgot to discuss the part about nursing may be a struggle, my moods from lack of shut eye and hormones might be a roller coaster and no sleep is used for torture, but I will need to endure it while trying to figure out the best diaper rash cream as a baby screams at the top of her tiny lungs… all I could think: NOW WHAT?
Where were my classes? Where were those other moms I met at the hospital tour but never exchanged contact info with because I was “too busy” to meet up with my own friends as it was? And why if I’m with my own baby am I so very lonely?
It’s these very thoughts and all the simple tricks I have since learned over the last decade whether it be from hands on experience, tips taught to me or through the many pediatricians, child development experts, OBs, women health experts, etc. I have worked with through Breezy Mama that I just knew ONE DAY I wanted to bring this info to other new moms. Even better? They would now have a reason to leave the house, would get to be with other women (or men) and could avoid the very struggles my husband and I endured with our first newborn.
In fact, the idea had been brewing in my mind for years, but there was just one problem: I kept getting pregnant! Low and behold, about a month ago, I literally bolted awake at 2am and thought: IT’S TIME!
After putting together a six week class outline detailing exactly what I wish I had had, “Breezy Parenting: Baby 101: The Newborn is Here… Now What” was born! Sending it all in to Scripps Hospital’s Parent Connection and consulting pediatricians, OBs, child dev experts and women’s health experts to makes some suggested tweaks here and there, I anxiously awaited to see if my class was approved. And it was!
Naturally, I am beyond thrilled to bring a baby care class to San Diego and North County that is hands on and WITH the baby. All those questions moms (and dads!) don’t even realize they will have when taking their pregnancy prep class can finally be answered! Plus, the simple tricks of soothing a baby, making Tummy Time a success, creating a schedule for your baby and so much more is now a reality here in North County San Diego.
If you know a mom who is expecting her first child or just welcomed a new one, please send her my way so I can help her make the transition into motherhood a little breezier.