Hello everyone! Somehow I skipped month 7 and am already on to month 8. Watching Nathan grow and bringing him happiness makes me happier than I could have ever imagined. Things are becoming a little more (dare I say) routine now. For the most part we can expect two naps a day and pretty consistent feedings, a mix of solids and bottles. Nathan isn’t quite crawling yet – he can get in position but generally scoots around and then gets frustrated. I am told it’s better to enjoy this time while he’s not too mobile anyway! I feel like we are at a great sweet spot in baby time. He’s generally happy, can play himself (though does get bored an like attention after awhile), and is starting to mimic us. Nathan understands the clap command now and always wants to eat whatever mom and dad are eating or drinking. He is super excited when he sees dogs or fans, and just loves being outside, thrown in the air or being upside down. David and I comment often that by having a baby we had no idea we’d laugh so much every day. It really brings out the silliness in all of us.
Yeah, I used to be so annoyed by baby pictures, and now here I am “look at my baby!” But I really can’t help it. Dad had two stellar photo shoots last month.
We had our first week without dad in March when he went on a trip to Korea/Singapore for work. We did lots of Facetime with Dad and went on a lot of evening walks together. We even did #ToneItUp workouts on either side of the globe.
As for me, I’m pretty happy where I am mentally and physically. Whatever craziness happened post-baby I do not miss! For any new parents out there, I promise it gets SO much easier! (I didn’t believe this for a time period, but for us, after 6 months things changed dramatically. Getting real sleep again is a game-changer)
I’m really psyched that my running is going well lately. I’ve gotten a lot of core, hip and glute (booty!) strength back from ToneItUp strength routines and I can start to push it finally. I try to run once during the week and then we do a family run often on the weekends – David pushes the stroller which gives us both strong workouts along the bayou hills.
I also do about two bike rides per week, usually one spin class (because they are fun) and one on the trainer. I actually like the trainer better than road only because I don’t have to drive to get to it, and I can push myself pretty hard on it. I’m spent after an hour. Last time I channeled my inner Erin and listened to Girl Talk while pushing some high (for me) watts.
I’m also trying to go to yoga once per week on Fridays before work – it doesn’t always happen, but I found I had a number of classes from an old groupon-type deal at a studio nearby and I’ve been loving sweaty flow sessions. And of course, I’m still following the Tone It Up Spring Warm Up series. It has done wonders for me post-baby and is enabling my old activities and making me feel stronger hauling around this little guy. I can’t wait for their bikini challenge coming up (yes, a little obsessed!).
What else? Exciting changes and challenges coming soon that I can’t wait to announce. Just feeling lots of gratitude lately and couldn’t ask for anything more, except time. We are going to have our first weekend getaway to Austin without baby this month (my birthday!) and I’m very much looking forward to that too! Margaritas might be in order.