Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Daddy's eyes

She's got'em.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In my perfect world

Things like this would happen on a daily basis...


During the course of my pregnancy, I've blogged several times about exercise and the struggle expectant mothers have because of maternal weight gain. Since I got the green light to exercise last week at my six week appointment, I've been doing a lot of thinking about starting to get "back in shape" and what that is going to look like for me. First of all, there's the challenge of a precious baby girl who does not like to be put down very often. Then there's the flab and weight that I've never had to deal with in my life.

So, this is what I've decided. Of course I'm going to run. It's my first exercise love, if you will. But in doing research, I have found that cardio is no longer the rage with fitness people, it's strength and core training combined with cardio. Maybe you've heard of programs like crossfit. Since there's not a crossfit group in my area, I have another plan. I know this is cryptic, but I'm not ready to unveil said plan until I know a little more about it, but I'm really excited.

All of this to say, I am also planning to start writing more about exercise and the new mom. It's a challenge that all women face post-partum and I want to figure out what's best for all of us.

More to come...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

When I grow up

My friend Annie recently blogged about a quirky dream job of hers and it got me to thinking about mine. I've had a few over the years, which is probably why I could never settle on a particular career path. (Which is ultimately a blessing because I would already be back at work now since Els is 7 weeks old tomorrow.) So, here's a rundown of my top three random dream jobs:

1-Postal worker- I know, I know, they have their stereotypes, but I've always wanted to be one. To get to see all of the mail that comes in and sort it however they do. I love letters. I love stamps. I even love the smell of post offices.

2-Weather woman- Actually, in 5th grade my aspiration was to be the world's first singing weather woman. I used to watch the weather channel for fun. There was even a bit of time where I wanted to be a storm chaser. And then get on tv and sing to the world about it. We all know how that turned out. I warned you, these are random.

3- Last, not least, but maybe most far-fetched- When I was little, maybe 5 or so, I wanted to be a bird. A white bird. But a girl can only dream sometimes.

What are some of your "dream" jobs?

She's back!

Yes folks, yesterday was a monumental one: I started running again! My gracious father in law ordered us a jogging stroller that is compatible with Els' car seat and we are in business. I know now that it's going to be a long road literally and figuratively because I haven't run since I was 22 weeks pregnant, but I'm more motivated than ever to make this work. So, maybe it will be run/walk for a while, but I'm cool with that. I have some encouraging running friends here and the goal of a half marathon by the end of the year.

Running, like parenting, would not be half as worth it if it were easy.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine