Another Hurdle!

Day 29 – January Daily Blog Posting Month.

I’ve got a cold. My nose is a leaky faucet of mucus and I’m coughing up stuff. My head feels thick. I blame the middle child as he’s had the same for the past 10 days.

I woke up today feeling awful but had to get out of bed to help husband round-up the kids for school. After everyone was dropped off husband and I took the baby downtown to a shopping mall.

You know some days you try on clothes and nothing feels or looks right? Well, today that didn’t happen. I scored some great deals on a few tops and a kick ass pair of CK jeans. Here’s a shot of one of the tops I picked up.

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It’s so gratifying to try on clothes and not think you look awful in everything. The exercising and healthy dinners and my no-dessert rule has made such a huge difference this past month. Not only am I losing weight but I feel good. The kale salads we are having 2-3 times a week are so hearty and filling that I don’t miss the big meals we used to have.

So, to keep the momentum of feeling good going, I decided to go for a run and focused on hill training. Keep in mind it’s -12°C outside today with a windchill of -23°C. I was bundled up and got warm pretty fast, except for my cheeks.  I might have a touch of frostbite.  I ran to a local hill and took it up and down six times and … Wait for it … I did it (total 3.64km) in 33 minutes with no walking intervals!!!!!

Most of my runs before getting pregnant were 5:1s and 10:1s and the longest I could go without walking was about 20 minutes.  I probably could have run longer, I just never tried.

I am so stoked right now, I can’t describe how happy I am and how proud of myself I am.

Yay me!!!

So That’s Why It’s Called A Stroller!

Day 10 – January Daily Blog Posting Month.

I spent the day strolling through the mall with a girlfriend and her baby daughter.  Her child was born 10 days after baby J.  We opened the mall at 10am and did several laps over the course of the next 4 hours.  Some shopping was done, I won’t like, but all for the kids.  My friend said that it was the “stroller” mall and boy, she wasn’t kidding.  Every second person seemed to be a mom with a stroller. It was kind of funny, to be honest.

Before having kids, I don’t think I ever noticed a mom with a stroller.  Seriously. Wasn’t even on my radar. Yet now, it’s pretty much all I see.  There are so many different kinds of strollers nowadays.  In our mother’s day, I’d be surprised if there was more than one choice.  Now?  There are such lovely models as the Bugaboo Frog, the Quinny Buzz, the Baby Trend Expedition, the Graco Trekko, the Mountain Buggy Mini, the Peg Perego GT3 Completo.  The list goes on, and on, and on.  I remember when husband and I started looking at strollers, it was very overwhelming.  First we needed the car seat and would the car seat work with the stroller we wanted?  Was there an adapter available for that stroller?  What about a bassinet? Should the stroller we pick have a bassinet attachment? How about a stand for a second child?  Should we get a double stroller knowing we’d have more than on child?  Oy.

And then there’s the clothing stores.  Some of the outfits I saw today, while being very cute no doubt, just made me wonder who we are really dressing our kid for.  Is it to show off that we have a child?  Does a baby really need a pair of hi-tops?  Does a toddler really need a fedora?  Are our children becoming our accessories?

Having said that, I did see two adorable t-shirts that I just HAD to have.  I guess that makes me no different, right?

But you have to admit those are pretty cute shirts, right?

Costco.

Day 20.  National Blog Posting Month.

Costco.

Ever go to Costco, or a store like it, planning on getting a few items, only to leave the store with a pile of shit that you didn’t really need?

No?

You lie!

Husband and I went to Costco this morning for some essentials – dish soap, laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper.  It’s always so dangerous walking into that store. They lure you in with those giant television screens – husband was thrilled to see an 80″ flat screen.  Jesus!  80″!!

“Keep walking,” I said.

And in the same breath, “Ooh, microwaves!”

The microwave we have I have owned since 1997, at least.  My parents bought it for me when I moved out.  It still works, but it takes extraordinarily long to warm something up.  Any other microwave will warm up milk in about 30 seconds, ours takes over a minute.   I don’t even want to think about how bad that might be. Anyway, we’ve been considering getting a microwave for a while but never made the purchase, despite seeing many (at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, FutureShop).  The price was right, our cart was empty, so why the hell not?

Wait .. it gets better.

A few months ago, husband saw a Barbie Doll in a pink VW beetle.  He thought about buying it for her birthday or Christmas.  Needless to say, he was delighted when it was still there for sale, a little bit cheaper than he’d seen previously.  Her birthday is this weekend, so of course, he put it in the cart.  (Did I mention we just went to Toys ‘r’ Us and bought her a few presents?) Honestly though, she’s been asking for Barbie for about a year and we always play the “purple punch buggy, no punchbacks!” game, so of course it was a no-brainer.

Don’t worry, I am not going to give you a blow-by-blow of what we got.  Instead, a picture (or three!)

Ah… Costco.