I had a lot of fun teaching my spin ride this morning. Since I'm 15 weeks, and definitely starting to ... grow... I felt it was time to announce my pregnancy to my spin class. But I don't know, I just feel weird bursting out things like, "By the way, I'm pregnant!" so I wanted to have a little fun with it.
I decided to make a baby themed ride, by choosing songs that have the word baby in them. Now, they definitely have nothing more to do with babies than the use of the word, but I thought that was better than trying to put together a ride of lullabies, Raffi and Laurie Berkner songs. So I had songs like "Hit Me Baby One More Time," and "Baby Likes to Rock It," etc.
I do theme rides pretty often, so my riders are used to my quirks. They come back, so they can't hate them too much! I told them that this ride did have a theme, but this time they had to guess it. So as the ride went on, I gave little reminders about listening for the theme. One of the riders had it in like 3 songs.
At the end of the ride, I let them shout out what they thought the theme was and they said, "You're having a baby!" It was a fun way to announce and took the weirdness (for me) out of just putting it out there.
I let them know that I didn't plan on being affected much as an instructor by the pregnancy. Afterall, I went to a spin class when I was in labor with Gregory thinking it would move things along. Spoiler: it didn't! However, I did mention that getting on the bike right after labor was definitely NOT going to happen.
Now I just have to figure out a fun way to tell my 8th graders...or should I let them just figure it out on their own?