First, there's work. I started a new job a few months ago, and although I really, really wanted to find something that would cut my commute, I'll just take what I can get for now. There's a definite learning curve, and it can get kind of consuming sometimes, not ideal for a [very tired] new mom who is still waiting to sleep a full night (or close?) after a year of pregnancy and baby wake-ups.
While I'm on the "mom" topic, Baby Tuesday is NINE months old (cue the feels!). He has been crawling (on his belly) everywhere and pulling up to stand. No longer is it possible to watch TV while he lays or plays quietly, which makes binge-watching on Netflix kind of impossible.
A couple of weeks ago, I was slammed by a stomach bug, and afterward, I was only pumping half of what the little guy takes in while I'm at work. I thought I was okay with this, but then I imagined having to mix a bottle every time I'd normally just nurse him, and I don't even know how that would work! So I've been back to oats and flax and teas and cookies and all the stuff I was eating in the early days. I have no idea how long I'll keep at it, but let's just say I look forward to when he can have regular milk. I keep hearing about a "PPD2" that comes with weaning, which makes me want to nurse him until he's 5. Okay, so that's extreme, but mannn, I don't know if I can handle another hormone crash. When the time comes, maybe I'll just start running a lot to see if that helps counteract it.
On that note, I am so thankful to have been able to keep up a fitness routine. It's the only thing that keeps me sane these days, and it's only possible due to a gym being right near my work and sneaking in stuff on the weekends during naps. After some bidding wars on eBay, I got the Ogio X Fit bag because my temporary cheap bags that I took to the gym literally fell apart.
It has a few features that really drew me to it:
- hard zippered pocket on the top (I store my work badge and phone in there)
- ventilated separate shoe compartment
- towel/mat holder on side (to roll up my towel)
- outside front zipper pocket (for toiletries)
- a sternum strap and random places on the outside that I could use for things like this D-clip that I use for my lock and headband
It pretty much fits the bill in terms of storing what I need, and I love that I can roll my towel up on the side and have a separate shoe compartment -- all while taking care of my back. Once the shoes are in there, the main compartment doesn't have that much room, but it is just enough for a few pieces of clothing. There is an area for a tablet, which I use to store underthings and dry shampoo, two smaller mesh pockets where I store my iPod and face wipes, and then the rest is one big compartment where my actual gym clothes go.
I'm hoping to do a 10K or half-marathon by the end of the year, but I'm having trouble finding one that doesn't require a long drive or waking up supremely early. I've become pretty accustomed to running 3 miles at a time, which is mostly what I have time for right now, but I think I am fit enough to do more (thanks, Insanity!). The baby seems to be nearly strong enough to ride in the jogging stroller now, but I think I'm going to have to work up to that and figure out scheduling and stuff.
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased the Ogio bag on my own and was not compensated to provide a positive review.