a beautiful best friend has been staying with us and it has made our lives infinitely more wonderful.
a creepy incident happened in the nighttime and it has made me infinitely more fearful.
new things are beginning and i am feeling that beautiful tingle of excitement and anticipation.
i love the moments before something happens. the months leading up to travel or the days before starting a new course or the moments before playing a boardgame. anything can happen and as soon as the travel has been done or the course has started or the boardgame has been played, all the unknown has been known. Do you ever watch a movie or read a book and then get a little bit envious of people who are still about to watch the movie or read the book because you know how much delight is about to come their way?
Anyway, summer is nearly over and we are in this time of before for so many things and i love being right in it, experiencing it and relishing it for all it’s unknown.
The way you say ‘lope’ instead of ‘soap’.
The way you squeal ‘chase me mami!’ over your shoulder as you are already half way down the hall.
The way you do something and then say ‘OK, mami’s turn!’ and then after I do it you say ‘OK, papi’s turn!’
The way you jump on our bed and say ‘cave!’ so we puff the blankets up like a parachute.
The time we were sitting at the dinner table and you asked us if you could wash your hands. I said ‘sure, papi will take you’ and you said ‘mami come too?’ and i said ‘oh sure’ and you smiled and said ‘we all go wash our hands TOGETHER!’
So beautiful, so energetic
Ivan and I were doing a yoga class for ‘new parents’ and the teacher mentioned something about this feeling of ‘needing to exercise more combined with extreme fatigue’. And I was like ‘YES!’ That is the feeling that I have been feeling so often since Mika was born. Of course I know that I should exercise, but the less sleep I get, the harder it gets. (Obviously).
So because I love lists, I have compiled a list of ways that I try to keep active, even when I am extremely exhausted pretty much every day:
I get passive exercise
It’s no secret that we don’t own a car. So we make the 2km round trip to the grocery store by foot. I ride my bike to yoga class. We hike up the big hill behind our house every day to go to the park.
I always get on my mat
Practicing yoga for me is about accepting where I am right now. If I get on my mat and realise that I am really exhausted, I can practice acceptance, I can practice some poses that help rejuvinate and invigorate me, or I can just lie in corpse pose for as long as I need.
I wear my workout gear
I’m probably the biggest fashion embarrassment ever BUT at least I feel good. Ha. If I intend to go for a run in the late afternoon when Ivan gets home from work, I find that it helps if I wear my workout clothes all day. This is ridiculous, I know, but it also means that I feel ready to chase mika, walk faster up the hill, stretch it out at the playground – passive exercise I’M READY FOR YOU!
I try to sleep well
Ha, OBVIOUSLY if I was childless this would be more under my control, but I am blessed with a beautiful daughter and so I spend many hours AWAKE when my body would probably rather be sleeping. However, to help me sleep well when I do get there, I keep a window open in our room, I don’t drink coffee after noon (heh…), and I am currently trying to avoid screen time after 930pm.
Any other tips or ideas on staying active/healthy when you are so so exhausted, are welcome!
Sharing a cookie with Mimi.
We are on day 3 of our version of an elimination diet for Mika. We are trying our best to cut out ALL dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, nuts & gluten. Soy is in everything it seems, and it’s making it tricky to get food into this girl. There’s only so much oatmeal and hummus we can feed her (i think?). Anyway, more on that later.
I’ve read so many good articles lately, I can barely recall them all, but thought I’d share a few that have come through in the last couple days. Enjoy!
- The secret to desire in a long term relationship.
- Everything you want to know about yourself and anyone else you care about. (Addictive).
- How to talk to your daughter about her body.
- You should date an illiterate girl.
- For all of y’all curious about the Paleo Diet.
- Tampon commercials are way cooler than when I was a teenager.
- Careful what you search for.
- 40 days of dating.
- Adele writes (brilliantly) about work/life balance.
- And last but definitely not least, my beautiful mama has started a blog! I set it up for her but she is a little shy about getting the word out there. Have a read and leave an encouraging comment or two while you’re there