Before my child was even thought of, I was preparing my body and lifestyle to grow a healthy family. And now that he’s here, I’m certainly keeping with that standard. Kids today are developing adult diseases. They are being set up for the okie doke with bad habits early. But they are sponges. They can learn healthy behaviors just as easily as unhealthy ones. So it’s up to YOU to teach yourself, so that you can impart it to them.
Drinking smoothies is a regular thang!
Exercise is a normal part of our day.
Cooking and food prep is necessary!
My lil human decided to get turnt up last night around midnight along with his usual feedings. And dad needed to be up at 6 am this morning. So this is what mama looks like right now. Lol! Even though the baby is still sleep right now and even though my brain wants me to work out, alls I can do is sit in my bed. Yup, I’ve made the executive decision to not workout right now. (Final answer) Mama needs to rest. (Fingers crossed that my mood changes later.)
All throughout my pregnancy, I got so much UNSOLICITED advice and crazy looks. People were so scared that I was gonna hurt my child that they basically wanted me to just sit down for the better portion of the year. No matter if I showed them studies that said exercise is good for mama and baby. No matter if I told them my doctor is well aware of my lifestyle. No matter if there were absolutely no signs of distress with me or the baby, they’d still try and tell me what to do. Typically I would politely listen, try to let them know I was fine, and still do what I wanted. But inside I was saying, “did I ask for this advice?” And some days, there may have been some cuss words floating about my brain. (They would usually stay in my brain too.)
Yesterday though, the level of judgment about me and my lifestyle took a turn that I could never have imagined. And these people thoroughly pissed me off. They saw a video with me working out with my baby in his baby carrier, and decided they had enough info on me to make judgements on my parenting and my values. Here’s a snap shot…
When I tell you I was pissed, oooo weee, my pressha had sky rocketed. Like literally, how do you garner me being selfish, ignorant, and misguided from a 1 minute clip? These are the type of ppl that will not blink or say a word if a kid is eating McDonald’s or a highly processed Lunchable. They’ll defend a parents’ 2nd Ammendment right to teach their 10 yr old how to fire a gun. And of course they won’t say anything negative about a kid drinking a Big Gulp, bc nothing is more ‘Murican than drinking a shit ton of colored high fructose corn syrup. But let me work out with my baby, and I’m the selfish, ignorant one?
I am pretty sure that people mean well…well I could be giving them way too much credit. But sometimes if a person ain’t asking, they probably don’t want your advice.
My home office. My occasional workout partner. And an example of a lunch break…lol. This is a typical day. Aim to get a quick workout in while the baby is sleep, but modify and incorporate him if necessary. Build my online business as I attempt to build a healthy baby boy. And still get my meals in, no matter if they are smoothies and quick or actual cooked meals. I’m learning that even though I’m working from home doesn’t mean I have any extra time! These babies are kinda needy…lol!
As much as I LOVE the gym, we had to put our love affair on hold…for the moment. In the meantime, I’ve grown to appreciate my home gym. Especially as we add pieces to it. I suggest to anyone who says that they hate the gym…don’t go. Save that $35-40 and invest in your home gym. All that money that ppl pay to a gym membership that they don’t even use can buy some pretty nice pieces for the house. Find what fits your life. Excuses can get ta steppin!
If I would have asked my 24 yr old self what I would be doing at 34, stay at home mom would NOT be the answer. I could foresee a mom, but definitely still working at somebody’s company. What this little person has taught me in his 3.5 months on this earth is that working copious hours a week…nah…I’m no longer bout that life…especially for someone else.
So it’s really time to hunker down and get this online business going. My family gets to have the best of me, not a job.
Baby J worked so hard that he fell asleep!
(Baby J worked out so hard that he fell asleep!)
Our children are sponges. And their early years are so important to their lives. So anyone that knows me, should know that my baby, and my future ones, will see health as being a regular part of life. Exercise will not be a chore, just something we do. My baby is NOT an excuse to let my health suffer. My family is my reason to be healthy and thrive!