Late in May, I joined a gym and started working out at lunch. My goal was to work out three or four days a week and be "active" on at least one other day. Most weeks, I get in my three, sometimes four. They don't always happen at the gym or during the lunch hour. Sometimes, if I'm not on baby-pickup duty, I will squeeze it in after work. Once in a while, I get to work from home and do it in the morning or mid-day. And sometimes, when the baby wakes up at an odd hour and I can't go back to sleep before I must wake for the day anyway, workouts have happened on my driveway in the dark.
Along with trying to find balance, I've been able to try out more of the things that have come my way, as well. I took these Tiger Lady claws on a run recently. Pepper spray is kind of the normal thing to carry, but I'm always freaked out that I'll set if off accidentally, so these also give me some sense of security. When you clench your first, viola -- you are now Wolverine! The claws can help collect DNA and come in a double-pack for runners. It takes some getting used to, but I think this could help some people.
Also, I received this callus remover from ToiletTree Products and tried it out. I actually don't have a lot of problems with calluses (maybe because I'm not running enough yet!), but I don't have time to take care of my feet these days, so this is a good little device for quick self-maintenance.
Finally, with more activity comes more laundry. When both of us were to busy to work out for a while, laundry would take forever to pile up, and now, the poor washing machine is working double-time with baby clothes and our stuff. This Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator (coupon here) has proven to work on our workout clothes. We normally use detergent with Febreze already in it, but we have been using more "free" detergent for the baby and sometimes on our stuff, so this helps make up the difference.
In other news, I was finally able to take a couple of days off to vacation with my family. It was all too short, as every other day in life is a whirlwind. I recently learned a hard lesson in "do-it-all-ism" -- I took the little one on a play-date and somehow left guilty that I was contracting out my baby puree making to Earth's Best instead of doing it myself. Yes, I could spend a little time on the weekend chopping, steaming, and blending, right? So I did this a few times, but Baby Tuesday has been clingy and fighting naps (and sleep), so I ended a weekend feeling like I had no rest, which is never good when every other day is just so much. My ability to parent is only as good as the amount of physical and mental rest I can get.
Finally, with Baby Tuesday over 8 months old now, I have started worrying more and more about his first birthday festivities (whoa!). I have a niece whose birthday is the day before his, but I decided against doing a huge joint blowout since the last thing I want is for the little guy to be dragged out and around for his birthday. So we have decided to do something low-key at home just before Thanksgiving. Still, I find myself looking into decorations and stuff, and considering how long it takes me to get anything done these days, I need to get going.
FTC Disclaimer: I was sent samples of Tiger Lady, Febreze, and ToiletTree Products and was not otherwise compensated to provide a positive review.