This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – a sort of week-in-review, catchall post of general things going on, things we’ve done, things coming up, etc. Often times these days my posts are too specific or focused on a topic to just throw in something fun like – hey has anyone else tried the new XYZ from Trader Joe’s because it is amaaazing!?!
So anyway, I’m hoping to do this semi-regularly, and include more of that. In addition, I’d love to get back to including a bit more fitness talk here, mostly because I’m starting to (finally!) include it a lot more in my actual life, which makes talking about it a whole lot easier (imagine that!).
So let’s start there. I am just starting to dabble back into postpartum fitness, and it feels great. The nice thing about having a second baby is that everything feels so much less intimidating and scary the second time. It took me a solid YEAR to feel like I could do anything away from Cullen for any significant period of time, and I just couldn’t muster up any interest in working out after he was born.
This time, it feels a lot different. Experience has left me the wisdom that Graham will in fact survive if I go to an hour long workout class, and that it is actually better for everyone in the long run. And so I started back to my Barre3 classes – with him going to the provided childcare – at just about 12 weeks postpartum. I will probably do a more in-depth fitness post soon, but for now here is how this past week shaped up…
Week of Workouts (2/15 to 2/21)
Saturday: 3+ mile run with my friend Lacey in the pouring rain. We are both training for the RNR Seattle Half-Marathon, and while training hasn’t officially started yet, I’d like to start early to build up a decent running base again. I’m pretty much starting from scratch. Having a weekend running buddy makes a huge difference in motivation, particularly when it’s nasty outside.
Sunday: 60 minute Barre3 class with a new instructor. Didn’t feel that hard at the time but left me pretty sore the next day.
Monday: 2.5 mile family walk – Casey had the day off from work!
Tuesday: 60 minute Barre3 class – Cullen at a friend’s house and Graham in childcare. Favorite instructor and favorite class of the week.
Wednesday: 2.5 mile walk with both kids and both dogs (talk about a workout – 15lb baby in the Ergo + pushing stroller and 30lb toddler up hills + 120lbs of dog pulling on my right arm!)
Thursday: 45 minute walk with just the dogs after Casey got home from work
That brings us to today, which probably won’t involve more than hauling two kids around the Seattle Zoo all morning, but that’s enough for me (and surprisingly more exhausting than it might sound).
Other new and exciting things of note this week? We got a new couch! (Can’t you contain yourselves???) But seriously, this couch has pretty much rocked our worlds. We ordered it over a month ago – from local company Stanton for those who are interested – and have patiently waited. We have been wanting a big sectional couch ever since we moved into this space, and it was finally the right time to do it.
I sold our old couch on Craigslist, and our new beauty arrived just in time for weekend lounging…
The quality and fabric are awesome, and I love that it was made in Oregon. I am glued to it pretty much every moment that the kids are asleep. (Ignore the coffee table – our current one doesn’t really work with the new arrangement!)
In the bit of time spent off the couch, we also had a date night out at the Band of Horses concert last week. We were in the fifth row (Casey’s birthday present!) and it was amazing. We hadn’t been out since 2013, and it was long overdue.
I had a special mid-week donut date with my favorite toddler dude…
And made this really yummy soup that I will share with you next week (I promise!). Even Cullen ate it, which is really saying something.
Oh and speaking of amazing Trader Joe’s stuff – have you guys seen this new Cruciferous Crunch mix? I am using it in stir-fries and salads and loving it!
Wrapping up, it was just good week in general with both boys. The weather is getting warmer, the sunsets are getting later, and I can feel us inching toward spring with every passing day. We are ready!
Happy weekend to all of you! Make it a good one.