I can say that a lot now that I'm a mom. And one of the things I get is why new moms and not-so-new moms have big gaps in their blog posting. I didn't realize having a newborn was such a full time job. And maybe it isn't for everyone. But when I'm not holding her or feeding her or changing a diaper or an outfit, I am doing dishes, laundry, cooking something, straightening something, organizing something, exercising, or a family member or friend is holding her and I'm taking a minute to sip coffee and chat.
My mom usually comes twice a week and helps me around the house. She holds and entertains Eloise and I flit around doing this and that. She lets me get out for a run too, which is always GREATLY appreciated. Sometimes we get out and run an errand I need to run or grab a salad from Panera or Brueggers. Other days a friend or two might drop by or I might take a field trip to see someone. And the rest of the time I am here with my baby girl, holding her, rocking her, kissing that sweet face a zillion times a day, feeding her and piddling around the house.
I love it. I absolutely love my new job. I still work with my Running Start clients and I love that too. I feel like it keeps me from becoming totally consumed with my baby girl. I was driving to get my hair cut yesterday and thought to myself as I watched the traffic around me, "So this is what the rest of the world is doing these days..." Songs I hadn't heard played on the radio and the whole time I was at my hair appointment, I was texting my mom to see how it was going with Eloise. Yeah, I'm one of those.
Speaking of hair, I got it all chopped off. I got some fun highlights put in, but I told my hair dresser to make it short and easy, which he did. I like it short and messy and that is kind of what it is. It only takes a second to wash and dry, which was the goal.
As for running, I'm slowly making progress. It is hard, but I sort of enjoy the challenge. It has been a very long time since running has felt this way and I think it keeps me aware of how new runners and runners doing something new for the first time feel. From time to time I get impatient with the slowness of my progress, the heat, the extra weight I still carry, but I also know these things take time and I'm doing well for where I am. The weather is on the cusp of becoming absolutely perfect, and Eloise is sleeping well most nights. I'm still tired a lot, but it isn't unbearable. I'm trying to eat right, take my vitamins, and get some exercise and sunshine every day, and when we have a wakeful night I try to take a nap during the day.
Today no one but the termite inspector is coming over, so I knew it was up to me to make exercise happen. The day is absolutely GORGEOUS and so Eloise and I got out. We did 0.6 and she fussed so I came home, fed her and got her to sleep and then we tried again. I walked 2.4 more, pushing the stroller which always makes for a good workout, and it was so great! Yesterday I ran 3.5 miles and was able to run most of it. The other morning I ran with my girls and I ran the entire 3.5 with them. The other night I ran 2.5 and pushed the pace down below a 10 minute mile. That felt REALLY good. I've ordered three Jillian Michaels vidoes and they will be here in about a week. I want to get my entire body in shape, not just the bits I use to run. I'm looking forward to that challenge as well.
So, for now, I'm in mommyland and loving every minute. Eloise is 7 weeks old today and she is growing like a weed. She's starting to smile and it makes us melt and squeal with delight every time she does it. I hope to get the two of us into a good routine eventually and to blog a bit more as well. For now know that life is good, God is good, and I am extremely grateful for this amazing gift of motherhood!