If you would have told me five months ago I would be nursing my baby in the middle of ballet class, I would have thought you were a crazy person!
Five months ago I was struggling so much with breastfeeding. Every other day I wanted to quit. Practically every other day I was visiting my lactation nurse. I was constantly text messaging friends for support. I was telling my husband, “Don’t let me give up!”
And look at me now:
It brings a whole new meaning to “The Boobie Barre”!
I also didn’t think I would be getting back into dance at three months postpartum. But I did it! I was determined to stick to my mantra of “just get moving!” I’m so thankful that my ballet class allows me to wear Adelaide, and bring Emmalyn. This class is something I look forward to each and every week. Sometimes I am super stressed leading up to it (…Emmalyn doesn’t want to get her shoes on, I accidentally take a wrong turn and end up on the interstate, Adelaide’s crying, etc., etc.) BUT I leave it all on the dance floor!
I couldn’t do the class without the amazing women and teacher who help and support me each week. They help me schlep my
entire house baby stuff into the studio, and hold Adelaide while I do pirouettes across the floor.
Oh! I could easily make excuses for not going. I could easily say: “It’s just too much work… It’s too far of a drive… I’m too tired…” because let’s face it–all the latter are completely true.
But it’s so worth it.
The hour-and-a-half my feet glide across the dance floor is therapy to me. It’s hot and sweaty therapy! For that hour-and-a-half I get to be me.
I never foresaw nursing my baby at the ballet barre in my future. But looking down at her sweet cherub face, catching her smiling at me mid-plies, is quite magical. Sharing my passion with my littlest one is special and unique, and well–just magical.
Five months ago I would have thought you were crazy for saying this was in my future.
And now? I’m the crazy person.
And I love it!
P.S. Do you think So You Think You Can Dance will add another genre of dance next season called Boobie Ballet? 😉
*TELL ME: What do you like to do for exercise post-babies? What *excuses* are holding you back? I encourage you do go after what you want–and make it happen! You are way more capable than you think!
There were a lot of names we threw around before deciding on “Adelaide”. As a little girl I was constantly writing down baby names in a journal. It hasn’t stopped since I’ve become an adult. It’s funny how “Emmalyn” was never on my “baby name list” growing up. I actually thought I would name my first girl, Halle, and calling her “Hal”. (I was slightly obsessed with Lindsay Lohan’s version of The Parent Trap.) Emmalyn was ‘almost’ Olivia, a name I completely adored, but was too popular for us at the time. Also, I find it interesting that none of Emmalyn’s ‘almosts’ showed up on Adelaide’s potential name list. It’s funny how things change.