Today I had the honour of teaching a pop-up class at Goldfish Swim in Oakville! Kathryn Smith, Mom of 2 and owner of Mama Fitness invited me last month and she made all the arrangements with the moms, as well as other vendors such as local restaurants (like OKO Bagels and Lettuce Love - one of my favourite places!) and a photographer (Peony Photography) who ran mini valentines photo sessions. It was a seriously impressive event and I was super flattered to be asked to lead the music.
And as lovely as it is to be part of events like this that help build awareness of my business, doing it with two kiddos in tow is a friggen' hustle to say the least!
I woke at 6:30 this morning to one impressively grumpy toddler, and a baby who didn't want to be put down. Trying to run around the house getting them ready to go was the least of my problems, let alone the fact that I had to gather and organize all the instruments for my class, and make sure I didn't look like garbage!
My amazing mother-in-law was running late to watch my toddler Brady, so we opted to meet at Goldfish so that I wouldn't be late. Good plan, but crazy plan.
After throwing some makeup on and dry shampoo in my hair, preparing Brady's backpack to go out with his Grandma, dressing and changing baby Adelaide, and loading the car with all my music crap in NEGATIVE 20 DEGREE WEATHER I was ready to call in sick. Except I knew that 20 other moms had paid for this class and were already on their own frustrating journey of getting their kids photo ready and buckled into their carseat, also in negative 20 degree weather, so calling it quits was no option for me.
I arrived 20 minutes before class with a screaming baby in the backseat. I unloaded in the freezing cold as fast as humanly possible and grabbed my furious baby, while kissing my toddler and mother-in-law goodbye! 'Wish me luck', I thought, as I walked in the door feeling like a hot mess.
I managed to settle Adelaide but she still only wanted to be held. So into the carrier she went as we began class. All went well, but it's always hard to jump in and teach when you have no existing relationship with the moms or kids. I'm there singing like a moron asking them to join me and the vibe is a little bit "Beuler?". But I can't blame them. Who wants to sing with some crazy lady they don't know?
Thankfully class was half the length of what I normally teach, which was a blessing since I had Adelaide attached to me and some very hyper toddlers running around with balloons. It ended quickly, and overall the response was very positive. Kat was so kind and didn't care that I had my baby with me, because she was in the same boat with her fitness class. She taught and wore her babies at 4 weeks old!
In the end, the day felt like the usual shit storm as a working-from-home-freelancer-small-business-owner Mom with two kids and no daycare (one of which is 3-months old). That being said, I'm grateful for the exposure, and glad to be a part of what Kat is building for Halton Moms. I'll be there again next week if anyone wants to join the fun! And hopefully I'll have a little bit more peaceful start to my Morning. :)
Check Out Today's Sponsors:
Follow Kat on Instagram
Jenny is the founder of Do-Re-Mi & My Baby, a former teacher, a conductor, a freelancer, and a full-time Mom of a toddler boy and baby girl.