I’m blogging at 12:45am right now. I’m not sure if I consider it really early or really late. I haven’t been up all night. In fact, I slipped into bed at 8:40pm when the sun was finally low enough to allow me to convince myself it was bed time. Still, my eyes popped open at 11:45pm and sure enough David still wasn’t home. In fact, I can tell he is at minimum of an hour from being home now and I just don’t sleep well when I know he is going to be late night (early morning?) driving. So, here I sit feeling all Carrie Bradshaw by confessing my quirks to the internet.
So why blog now? I guess because I’m hoping once he arrives safely at home that I can douse myself in serenity (an essential oil blend to promote sleep that a friend gave to me to try after I told her my struggles falling back asleep after nursing) and clock a few solid hours. I’m even considering a dream feed for Kaitlyn before I hop back into bed, but wonder if that will mess with her beginnings of a schedule? Ah, mommy brain. It’s impossible to turn off.
So let’s just change gears. Fitness! I ‘grammed how stoked I was about my postpartum run on Sunday (3.3 miles… oh, did I already mention that?). The high lasted and I decided it was time to give the gym a try. You’d think after bringing Hailey for so long and getting to know the women, it would be smooth sailing, but I still went all nervous Nelly on them.
I nursed Kaitlyn (9 weeks old) around 7:45am, knowing she’d be ready for a nap around 9:00am. I figured it we could be at the gym at about 5 after, she’d be in a solid enough sleep to stay that way until 9:45am, allowing me a solid 30 minutes of work out time. Yes, I realize how neurotic that sounds, but it offered me enough peace of mind to go for it.
And go for it I did! I bee lined it for a corner spot and started busting out some of my favorites. You’d think I would have had a plan for exactly what workout I wanted to do, but you would be wrong. I ended up with a little something like this…
1 minute jumping jacks
20 squat jumps (ow ow ow… I love you)
10 push ups
15 sumo squats with upright row
10 lunges (each leg)
30 second plank each side
20 mountain climbers
30 second regular plank
No pinnable image provided because I’m not even sure if that’s a balanced workout, but I felt it, got sweaty and felt pretty great about it.
Gym selfies… as awkward to take as you’d imagine. I keep doing it because… ??? Proof? Breaks up blocks of text? Narcissism?
Once I had that checked off and no childcare worker had come running in to get me, I relaxed a little bit and took a walk with a friend on a treadmill.
A workout and social time? This was fabulous! Around 10:00am I scrubbed my hands and went to grab Kaitlyn. She had just woken up and was happily smiling, entranced by her holder’s pink shirt.
They told me she had just woken up and I mentally high-fived myself for accurate mommy math. I nursed her in the locker room before grabbing Hailey, too and then left like it was no big thang.
But it was.
I had just officially made a successful gym trip and that felt pretty huge to me. I don’t think it will be an everyday occurrence just yet, but knowing it’s possible has me pretty stoked.
Do you prefer gym workouts or at-home workouts?
I can do at home if needed and there certainly are some awesome online options, but I really thrive in the atmosphere of a gym or a studio (yoga, etc) setting. Seeing other people sweating it out helps keep me motivated and focused.