After missing my 6am BodyPump class Thursday, I was even MORE determined to make it to the gym before the family gets up. Dressed in my workout gear, I gave Amber a “dreamfeed“before I headed to bed so that she would HOPEFULLY sleep a little better. It worked! She slept until 2:30 am, nursed & went back to sleep. At 5:30 she woke up again (perhaps my alarm woke her?). She had rolled onto her back and was giggling and playing with her feet so I rolled her on her belly and snuck out of the house. (Hubby says she must have fallen back to sleep on her own because he didn’t hear her cry at all- animportant thing for them to learn, right?).
I then went to the gym and had a fabulous weight workout with my friend. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, we meet to do a full body weight circuit. We had been doing the circuit twice, but because the gym was crowded (yes CROWDED at 6am on a Friday morning!), we did two sets of each exercise before moving on. That way we wouldn’t have to wait for anyone to be done with the benches or weights we needed. I felt, and my friend said the same thing, that we actually worked harder and chatted less that way. This morning my muscles agree – we definitely worked harder OUCH!!
Then when I returned home I found a very welcome surprise on my lawn:
This means it’s officially spring here. The squirrels and rabbits are out of hibernation and ready to eat my garden again – As cute as he is, I won’t be so fond of him in August when he eats my tomatoes!
I then relaxed with my fabulous breakfast made for me by my 5 yo daughter, Sierra:
While relaxing, I read an interesting article in (on?) the Globe and Mail newspaper/website (I’m still confused as to what to call news sites). It was an article about being a happier parent. So of course this caught my attention. The article, in a round about way, goes on to say that we would enjoy our lives as parents more if we did more things that make us happy – ie: less guilt for letting the kids watch a bit of TV, letting them spend time with sitters, less pressure to play sports etc. As a result, our kids may be happier too! I agree totally! I do not feel the least bit guilty for bringing my kids on a 5k run with me, even if the weather is less than perfect. They actually are beginning to learn to enjoy it too because we talk about the things we see in the neighbourhood together. I really think that kids pick up on OUR happiness. If we’re happy, then they are too – there’s a lot less fighting in my house when I concentrate on enjoying the LITTLE things in life.
Later in the day, I was armed with motivation to ENJOY the day and do things I want to do while making it fun for the kids so we went to Mississauga and bought a Mother’s Day gift for my mom (*hi mom!*), then took the kids to Krispy Kreme doughnuts to see how doughnuts are made. I bought them each a mini doughnut – they each took ONE bite and declared that they didn’t like them – too sweet! No wonder Krispy Kreme is failing here in Canada. It’s a good thing too as I’m sure NO ONE really that many calories/sugar.
On our way back home EVERYONE fell asleep in the car (well except me, which is a good thing ’cause I was driving). I let them sleep when we pulled into the driveway for 30 min while I enjoyed some quiet time (tweeting with my phone). When I finally woke them up they were all in a great mood and so was I bc I had gotten some very precious “ME” time.
All in all I had a great day because I had made the conscious decision to ENJOY the day, relax and not care about the mess, when the kids napped or went to bed. Unfortunately the afternoon nap meant I had kids snuggling with me on the couch until 10:30 pm (I was sooooo tired from my day), but they were HAPPY all evening/night. They will never remember when they grow up how clean the house was or what time they went to bed, but they will remember how we made them felt about themselves, right?