My worst fear is coming true...I'm becoming one of those people who only talks about being pregnant. I swore P.P. (pre-pregnancy) that I would never become this person. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about always talking about pregnancy. However, my friends here in Chicago are in different life stages and I respect the fact that some of my friends don't want to have kids, so I've been trying to be more aware of how much I talk about the nursery, overcoming morning sickness or my choice of childcare.
Since none of my close friends in Chicago have kids or are anywhere close to being pregnant, I started feeling like I needed a closer support group full of women who know exactly what I'm going through. Luckily I have my best friends back home in Seattle who have been so kind in sharing their experience about motherhood with me, but here in Chicago I sometimes feel like I'm on my own island. I will fully admit that this is one of the happiest times of my life, but there are times when it's lonely too. That's why I'm so thankful to have found Bump Club & Beyond.
Bump Club and Beyond is an extremely welcoming group that gives soon-to-be and new moms an opportunity to connect with one another. Through many events like monthly workout classes, educational dinners, shopping events and much more, Bump Club and Beyond offers the perfect platform for women like me to make friends with others who are also pregnant. Much like meeting other blogger friends for the first time, you already have one major thing in common which makes "breaking the ice" so much easier.
I've only been to 2 events in the last month, but can't stop telling people about how much I'm in love with Bump Club and Beyond. My initial intention for going to the events was to make new soon-to-be mommy friends, but I'm benefiting from it way more than expected. In just 2 events, I not only have been learning about what I should be doing now to take care of myself and the little one growing in me, but about what to expect once he/she gets here. Even though in my mind I have a lot of time to read books and educate myself about having a child, realistically I'm realizing I don't have enough time. Bump Club is really helping me prepare for this huge change and it just so happens that along the way I'm meeting some great friends. It's also not too shabby that at most events attendees walk away with great gift bags and that a few lucky ones also win great raffle prizes (like yours truly). :)
photos | © 2012 Thomas M. Kubik
Whether you yourself, or someone you know, is a soon-to-be or new mom, I highly recommend checking out Bump Club and Beyond. I have to give a fair warning though - these events are addicting so don't be surprised if you leave your first event wanting to participate in many more.