Since tomorrow is the start of a new month, it’s time for a new word to embrace. As a recap here were the last three:
For April the word I want to embrace is….. Embrace!
Let’s be honest, March was a rough month for me. Physically, I met my running goal, but my energy has been drained constantly. Sleeping is getting hard and my low back pain isn’t going anywhere. Emotionally, I’ve basically been a wreck. Whether is seasonal affective disorder, PPD, pregnancy hormones, or just stress and anxiety, I don’t know, but this month seemed eternal and I am ready to put it behind me.
But I don’t want to rush through life, especially this period of just Riley and me that is closing ever so quickly. I’ve spent so much time lately thinking about running after pregnancy and my non-pregnant body, itching to get back to it and to just not being pregnant that I am afraid I’m missing out on some special moments. Pregnancy, for one. I loved it with Riley, but this time around I’m more impatient and I want to embrace it and love it like I did the first time around.
Despite the fact that it’s been over a year, I’m STILL trying to get used to being a stay-at-home mom. It’s not easy. It’s not hard in the way working is hard (especially being a working mom!), but it is its own type of hard. From being with your child 24/7 (wonderful but exhausting) to having no independent means of income to feeling pressure of having to do more in order to make yourself feel like an equal since you don’t “work”… I feel like I’ve been failing in so many regards and just assuming things will get better after baby #2 arrives.
And in ways it will. I mean, I will have two sweet baby loves! But I will also have considerable less sleep, more poopy diapers, more meltdowns (from the babies and myself), and thank the Lord, more coffee. But that time is not here yet.
I want to embrace this chapter of my life- or “season” as the cool kids are calling it now. I want to fully love and appreciate every moment with just Riley, every kiss she gives my belly and every silly or snuggly moment we have. I want to appreciate every pregnant run and every missed run because I was too tired or not feeling up to it.
I just want to embrace my current life and all the great things that God has blessed me with more.
Do you ever feel like you’re living for the future and not embracing the present? How would you/did you change?
This weekend was one for the books: beautiful weather, abandoning chores and spending some quality time together as a family. I decided to do a picture post with minimal writing. Enjoy!
Stroller run nap.
Falling in love with Mommie’s sport
Learning to scrum?
When did she get so big?
Caring for her baby doll (this melted my heart)
Toothbrush-Loving Toddler life.
We also went to the park on Saturday and Riley had a blast on the slides and swings, but we didn’t take our camera so alas, no photos!
How was your weekend?
Going to try to start a series here with Friday Five on My Mind! It won’t be every Friday because let’s face it, I’m not that consistent yet, but it’s just going to be a roundup of things that have caught my eye or been on my mind lately. So without further ado, here is the first Friday Five on My Mind!
1) This refreshing article on being happy with a small life
Yesterday was one of those rare mornings where I was up, showered, dressed, and relaxing on the couch watching GMA before Riley woke up (thanks, kid!!). Honestly, I don’t like GMA, so I was surfing my phone and came across this article on Facebook. It is so refreshing and brings across a good point. That in a world where everything is extreme: up earlier work harder, no excuses, go big or go home, it doesn’t seem acceptable to want a mediocre life. But what is wrong with that? With being content with what you have and the small pleasures? Without needing to be the best or make a huge impact in the world? I still like striving for greatness, but it is a necessary reminder (at least for me) that living small is perfectly okay, too. That the people who know me and love me in my small life are what really matters- not worrying about people I don’t even know.
2) Tuesday afternoon
My decision to start spring on Tuesday was a success. The weather was gorgeous and Riley and I had a great time playing outside waiting for Daddy to get home.
3) My first sponsored post
Guys. I am SO EXCITED about this. It’s not for this blog, but I was asked to write a sponsored post for the Pittsburgh Moms Blog. I can’t give any details yet, but look for it in a few weeks!
4) Outdoor evening runs are back!
5) Iced. Lattes.
Specifically from Judy’s Java Joint. I’m still only drinking one cup of coffee or latte a day (or less) during pregnancy, so I want to make sure they count! Today, since it’s so perfect outside and Dave has the day off, we took Riley on a 4-mile stroller run and rewarded ourselves afterward with these delightful coffees. Iced Irish cream lattes may be my new favorite thing!
What’s on your mind today? Have an amazing weekend!
This was my daughter yesterday:
And this was me:
It was the first day of spring and I was initially excited for it. But between little miss nap-fighter, sinus pressure, and being suuuuper tired, I was feeling pretty cynical about the whole spring forward, fresh start, never miss a Monday business. I’ve been having a rough few weeks lately- ahem pregnancy hormones- and I ended up skipping the yoga class I planned on taking this morning. And eating too much chocolate. And snapping at my daughter who was so tired, but took a crap nap and was being difficult at lunch (so difficult).
But by 4:30, I finally got out for a trip to Target and a cup of coffee in me and was feeling better about life. It helped that my coffee was in this new cup that Dave and Riley surprised me with this weekend (they realized I’d been down!).
And I decided it’s time to put on my big girl pants and handle it. Because I do want to spring forward and start fresh, especially with my current hum-drum attitude. I love winter, but this one has gotten me down and I’m ready to shake it off!
So the plan for today is to publish a post, get some laundry done (#momlife), get organized, and go for an outside run- alone!- when Dave gets home.
Bring on the spring!
Are you spring cleaning? Fresh starting? Enjoying a nice latte or some chocolate?
Gooood morning! Did anyone out there get slammed by Snow Storm Stella? We didn’t and I am profoundly disappointed. I mean, I knew we wouldn’t, but we didn’t get a single snowflake. Bummer.
No snow this morning!
On the bright side, I get to take Riley out for our doughnut date today. And coffee, let’s not forget the coffee.
I know I haven’t been active on the blog much lately and while it may not look much different, there has been a lot of work going on on the “back end.” (Like learning that it’s called the back end.) Hopefully by the end of the month, I’ll have things running more smoothly and will be blogging on the regular again.
The name is meant to be more relatable both to my life and to the average runner. I am no elitist and I am no Carmen Sandiego; I am just a busy mom who likes to run when she can and still chase her dreams. So my running is not as exciting as other fitness bloggers, especially right now, but I feel like I can at least offer a little something for the average runner to relate to.
Hopefully I’ll be running on the regular soon, too. I had some pretty great workouts this weekend- 5.25 miles on Friday morning then spin class Saturday morning- but am battling the start of a sinus infection and haven’t worked out since Saturday. Sigh.
In OTHER exciting news, back in January I was accepted to write as a contributor for the Pittsburgh Moms Blog and my first post publishes today! It’s about regaining momentum during back to back pregnancies. Go check it out!
Outtake from the blog photo shoot- she’s too cute!
That’s really all that I have for now. Keep running my friends and let me know if a snow storm is headed your way!