Last Friday I went on a night out with the other Mums from our baby group. We had a lovely meal at The Belle Isle - (but that's another post.) A year ago, I could not have imagined doing that, ever! I had a three month old baby, but I was terrified of the groups. I went to La Leche when I was pregnant, to try and force myself to make friends with other Mums, but I just found the whole experience terrifying and a little bit soul destroying. I had done it all before, I love my baby, but I didn't want to just talk about sore boobs and pooy nappies like I was the first person it had ever happened to. It wasn't till I went to a clothing party at On The Rocks that I met with one of the other Mums. "Why don't you come to the bumps and babies group?" She asked.
|Bounce and rhyme when it used to be quiet!|
I'd done it once, but left without even saying goodbye to anyone, so destroyed were my social skills. Two years of talking to nobody but my very close friends, children and husband had turned me totally socially inept!
"Oh, I err, I didn't like it much." I mumbled into my bucks fizz.
"Just come along," she said. She took my number and text me all week to make sure I got involved when the next Bumps and Babies group took place. What a woman. She introduced me to everyone and next thing I knew, we were all having lunch at The Slug. I had a great time and felt a total eejet for cutting off my face to spite my nose. They are a lovely eclectic bunch. From all walks of live and all corners of the globe! I love my Mummy chums now and wouldn't be without them.
Bumps and babies are sadly no more. Our babies got too big and I think they have been cut from the Portsmouth budget.
|We have been to some fab birthday parties|
But Sure Start has been an absolute God send. The group leaders for Southsea Aileen and Missy are really lovely and have time for all the babies and toddlers.
We have been going to the Sure Start Monday group: 1-2.30pm at St Jude's Kent Road, Southsea
Bounce and Rhyme: Thursday 1-2.30pm at St Swithuns, Waverley Road, Southsea
|We even go out for drinks sans babies|
These groups are fantastic but there are a lot of young babies there lying on the floor and suddenly, my little toddling rascal chunk who has a penchant for lobbing bricks at random, has become one of the biggest there at only 16 months old, which makes the hall a minefield for soft fontanelles. Eek!
So, I have compiled a list of toddler groups available in Southsea. See you there!
Groups suitable for toddlers in Southsea that we will be trying soon, my good friends are using these already:
Monday 9.45 - 11.30: St Simons Church, Waverley Road - 50p for drink/biscuit
Tuesday: 9.30 - 11.30: Surestart Messy play at St Simons Church, Waverley Road: free
Friday: 12 - 14.30: Salvation Army on Albert Road: £1 for drink/biscuit
Other groups that we haven't tried yet:
Boogie Mites are great for older toddlers with a slightly longer attention span. There is playtime, followed by singing songs with movement and drink and a biscuit afterwards.
Children Centres these are free but I think they need to be pre-booked.
Penhale, Willows, Stamshaw
Paulsgrove, Highbury, Cockleshell, St Margaret Church, Baffins
Saxon Shore, Medina
Contact your local Children Centres to get more details or log on to ask Sherlock (www.asksherlock.info) Portsmouth City Councils Family Information Service directory
Private Classes £4 Autumn term starts week commencing September 13th.
|Suitable for Ages|
St Judes Church, Kent Road, Southsea
|1 - 4yrs|
|Wednesday||09.15 am||Baffins Community Centre, Westover Road, Baffins||1 - 4yrs|
|11.00am||St Margarets Church||0 - 1yr|
|Eastney Methodist Church||1-4 yrs|
Eastney Methodist Church, Highland Road
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