Monday, December 31, 2012

Back After Hiatus and Resolutions.

I haven't blogged in forever because life got really busy.  We welcomed our second child into our family in November and I spent the time I was pregnant scrambling to finish as much of my dissertation work as possible while still being as great of a mom as I could to my two year old little man.  It was crazy busy!  But now I have a beautiful little girl, a sweet nearly three year old, and just need to finish writing my dissertation.

I've gotten back on the treadmill twice this past week and the first post baby runs have been easier than with my first kiddo.  Motherhood makes you tougher, so maybe that's the difference.  More on getting back into shape later.

I've been reflecting a lot on what I consider good times during the holiday season.  Also a few news stories have touched my heart lately.  A local family has a two year old little boy on a very long road to recovery after being hit in the head by a large tree limb that fell during recess time at his daycare.  And everyone's heart broke from those families in Connecticut.  It makes me want to hug my kids tighter and be more grateful to have them in my life.  There are moments in parenting my two year old that it is hard to find the joyful moments.  Between discipline, him not listening, and not enough time in the day it's very easy to get wrapped up in the logistics of life rather than the joyful moments.  When I think about the Georgia family and that community in Connecticut I know that I know that I'm so thankful to have my kids in my life, even when they're driving me nuts.

This brings me to the most important of my New Year's resolutions.  I resolve to look for, create, and enjoy the joyful moments with my family.  Example: Yesterday my son was crabby from cabin fever.  He was whining about wanting to watch Fraggle Rock when my husband was watching a football game and the level of unpleasant in the room was frustrating me.  So rather than put the kiddo in time out for not listening about taking turns on the TV, I bundled him up and we went into the backyard to hit balls off the T ball tee for 30 minutes.  Great decision!  My whining toddler started giggling, running, and having a blast.  And my mood improved tremendously as well and it made for a better rest of the day.  There will always be the daily grind and I will always have bad days, but I will do my best to do something small to enjoy my family though it all.

Other resolutions that aren't as important include the following. 
1) Taking a small step to improve my health: flossing each night.  Mornings are too crazy, but I will take time after my little man is in bed to floss.
2) Make time to run at least 3 days a week, even if only a mile.  I'll be finishing up my PhD this spring, so it'll be a busy and stressful time.  Running even just a little bit will help me manage this stress and feel a little less blah.  Plus I need to tone up the midsection post baby.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Phrases of the Month

Taking a page out of my son's favorite programming I'm going to characterize the first two months of 2012.

The Phrase of the Month for January: No excuses.
My kid transitioned from a crib to toddler bed with most nights resulting in not nearly enough sleep. I was busy with work and random work related things. I had every reason in the world to not run, but I did. No excuses.

The Phrase of the Month for February: Excuses, and lots of them.
I had a cold. It was my kid's birthday weekend. I had to do a lot of prep for a recruitment event for work. I had work to do. I bit off more than I could chew. AKA excuses.

My proposed phrase for March? You're worth it--get moving.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mild Weather and a Dose of Motivation

It's been nice out for January. Very nice. I saw a guy running while I was driving home today without his shirt on and it seemed reasonable. It also made me absolutely determined to get off my treadmill and enjoy the mild weather.

I convinced my wonderful husband to put little man to bed so that I could go for a run. I gave my toddler a kiss and told him mommy was going to go run and that I'd be home when he woke up and he went nuts. The babbling that ensued boiled down to him wanting to go for the run with me. I was only able to sneak away by promising him I'd run with him this weekend and then distracting him with selecting bedtime books. But talk about motivation. I have a running date!

The outdoor run was lovely after the hours I've been logging on the treadmill. I haven't ran outdoors without the baby jogger in quite awhile, so I felt like I was flying.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

This song came on while I was on the treadmill a few nights ago feverishly trying to get in some miles while my husband was struggling to put our son to bed. It seems very fitting. I must be very bad for how little rest I've gotten lately.

The past two weeks have been rough. Really rough. My nearly 2 year old son learned how to gracefully climb out of his crib and has ushered in the era of the toddler bed far sooner than we'd anticipated.

It's not the first time a toddler bed has been introduced. When we arrived in Michigan to spend Thanksgiving with my in-laws there was a toddler bed waiting for him complete with a huge Elmo pillow. He screamed for an hour the first night until I brought him to bed with me and we were so frustrated during nap time that we drove to Target to buy a pack and play. The rest of the trip was much better with little man happily confined.

January 2nd I wasn't feeling well and went upstairs to take a nap. I was stirring from the nap when I heard my husband say, "Hey buddy, did Mommy get you out of your crib?" I had not. The era of the toddler bed had begun.

The first few nights he did a pretty good job falling asleep in his bed for a few hours and then finishing out the night in our bed. And then everything fell apart. We spent hours putting him to bed and got no good rest when he eventually came into bed with us.

To say the least, this has put a kink into our well oiled schedule. I didn't realize how much I've come to rely on that schedule for everything from getting things done around the house to running during his naps and nighttime sleep.

So now we're trying to figure out what works for us. It's apparent to me from reading message boards that what works for one child doesn't for the other.

What has worked? Taking little man with me for a run during nap time has worked. After 5 minutes he'd passed out and I was able to enjoy my run knowing he was getting some much needed rest. I was incredibly sore the next day from the fully body workout that comes with pushing the baby jogger any distance, but happy.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Wisdom Lost and Gained

I've been off the radar for some time after having my wisdom teeth removed and the holidays.

While recovering from my oral surgery, the results of my physical came back and my cholesterol was high. Since I'm a healthy weight and exercise, I know it's what I eat. I've always had the mindset that I could indulge since I workout. Not the case.

My diet was restricted during my recovery. It was so cumbersome to try to chew that I found myself eating less and even without working out, I dropped the final 5 pounds of baby weight which I was carrying mostly in my tummy. This was stunning to me since I couldn't accomplish this earlier this year training for a 10K and later a half marathon. The old adage that abs are primarily made in the kitchen rather than the gym slapped me in the face.

Going into 2012 I'm going to work on eating more good stuff (fruits, veggies, and nuts) and less of the junk (cake, cookies, Sonic chili cheese tots) to get my cholesterol under control. I've also been drinking soda like it's water lately, so I need to cut down on that as well.