Prior to getting pregnant with Ava I was running 3-5 times a week.. I was also unofficially competing with my husbands father every month on the Nike app to get more km’s/miles than him.. I’m not sure if he was actually aware of it which is why I saw “unofficially competing!”
When I miscarried late last year I thought it may have something to do with me continuing to run, so I stopped all exercise.. from memory I only started running again well after 3 months.. I stopped again at the 7 month mark- it was getting to awkward.. I take my hat off to all those women who compete in marathons at 8 months pregnant- good for you!!!
While I was pregnant, I continued wearing my normal gym wear- I was dying for maternity tights but couldn’t find them anywhere!! Only recently I noticed Cotton on had a maternity active wear range– say what?!?!
What I’ve also noticed is that active wear has gotten so so expensive! Greg and I are Nike fanatics- I love the feel of their clothing and their designs- but honestly, who is spending $160 on tights.. TIGHTS?!?!?! I made it my mission to find similar looking items for a lot less! You can definitely look great, have good work out gear and not break the bank!
If you just had a baby I would recommend going and getting new work out or running gear. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but a new pair of tights or a new pair of shoes will go a long way in getting you back into it- trust me!!
I picked two companies that have pretty expensive items- Nike and Lorna Jane and found similar looking items for A LOT less.. I hope the below is helpful!
Nike- Tights and Top // Cotton on- Tights and Top
Lorna Jane- Tights and Top // Kmart- Top // Cotton On- Tights
As for actually working out or running, my recommendation is to do what you feel comfortable with! I’ve walked a lot since Ava was born- I highly recommend walking- it’s a lot less strenuous and you can go a lot further. I struggled to run for 25min last week but can walk for upwards of an hour on any given day. If you live in Australia there is a company/facebook community called Running Mums Australia– I highly recommend joining the group- it’s a great support network! If you were somewhat of a runner prior to baby and you don’t have the motivation to start again I would recommend downloading the Nike + Run Club app- you can set goals to run a certain distance by a certain time and be “trained” by a coach on each run. Whatever you decide to do- remember- you just carried and brought a baby into this world- and that is an amazing achievement!
We are 7 weeks into this parenting experience! I don’t think you can even call it ‘parenting’ at this age? More like, 7 weeks into the new job role of bottle feeder, burper and high-pitched laughs.
Ava is growing and developing well- we had her 6 week shots last week which were terrible, but she was fine after the initial jab (my poor baby).. yes, I was a blubbering mess.. She’s consistently sleeping through the night, waking only once to feed- we’re on a pretty good routine at the moment. The only problem with this routine is that she eats when we eat.. will I ever have a hot meal again?! I made a list a few days ago of all the things I haven’t done since the birth of Ava (the list is pretty comical!!):
- Had a shower lasting longer than 15min
- Eaten toast (at breakfast) while it was still hot..scratch that..eaten any meal while it’s still hot
- Drank a full cup of coffee at breakfast while it’s still hot
- Drank ANY beverage at breakfast and finished it while it was still hot
- Gone on a date with my husband.. unless church music practice counts?? HA.. (we are ticking this off the list tonight..)
- Left the house in less than 5min
- Only done one load of washing a week… Who knew something so small could create SO MUCH LAUNDRY
- Picked something to wear in less than 2 min- now it goes through the if-spit-up-was-to-fall-on-this-item-would-it-stain test..
Raising Ava has been nothing but joy..despite all the challenges new mums face! Some days I find myself worried that I am failing – am i under stimulating her, am I not talking to her enough, is she too hot or too cold, am I going to make her sick (I’ve been battling the flu for a week), does she need more Vitamin D (she is PALE folks), what milestones should she be hitting at this age.. if she hitting them?! So many what ifs and questions.. they don’t give you a manual when you have a baby.. I wouldn’t mind a how-to on ‘raising a functioning, caring and loving child’- the tagline could be: ways to not stunt their growth or crush their dreams.. It would cover everything from birth to say 14ish (after 14 your on you own…ha.. I can’t help you there..even I turned feral around this age)
I found this quote the other day which perfectly reflects the need I have for God to be involved daily in this new season of my life..
I can imagine that as Ava gets older the ‘load’ of motherhood will sometimes get heavy and complicated – but I truly believe I need just as much of God today that I will in 10 years time.
Below are some photos of my angel baby.. By no means am I a professional photographer however I have a pretty good Nikon camera which I’ve tried to work out myself..
A few weeks ago I came across the below picture on instagram by Awaken Gathering- I took a screenshot with the intent of re-posting it when I felt to- that hasn’t happened yet (can you blame me).
This simple image profusely spoke to me. I can imagine there are quite a few mum’s out there who feel like they’re drowning in things that need to be done, errands that need to be run, commitments that were agreed to that we should have said no to, school pick ups and drop offs, dinners to plan, personal goals to achieve- I’m sure the list can go on and on.. You may find yourself wondering where time has gone. You blink and you’ve reached another weekend, another birthday, another anniversary.
I am surrounded by some of the most incredible women you will ever meet- trust me! I have seen many of them pursue their own goals and dreams while profusely loving their husbands and nurturing their children. They work full time and part time jobs outside of the home and yet manage life so effortlessly (it would seem). I know a lot of prayer and planning goes into their day-to-day lives!
So, if you are reading this and you feel like you are an overwhelmed mum- let me give you some encouragement- YOU ARE AMAZING! The fact that you birthed (or adopted or fostered) that child makes you amazing! The pain you may have experienced (in childbirth or through the heart wrenching process of adoption or fostering) will one day (if not already) be overshadowed with indescribable love. The lack of sleep you may be experiencing (yet here you are functioning like nobody’s business) will one day help you stay awake to watch that marathon at the Olympics in 4 years at midnight- YOU ARE AMAZING!
I promise you that there will be another pile of washing after you get this pile done (trust me- I have a newborn that has pooped through 4 outfits already). I promise you that your kids will not care that you served 2 minute noodles for dinner a few times this week. I promise you that your husband won’t mind going to get take-out because you just couldn’t manage to grocery shop today. These things are all fleeting and will come and go like the wind.
Being mum to your child/children is what really counts and you are doing amazing!!
Coincidentally today is also R U Ok? day here in Australia. If you’re not from Australia you can read here on how the day came about. Rocked by the suicide of his father, Gavin Larkin began the campaign to have Aussie’s around the country (and the world), on the 8th of September, ask friends and family if they are okay!
Dad’s/Husbands if you are reading this- I challenge you to ask your wives and partners today if they are doing okay- be their cheerleader today! Mum’s, text a friend today and find out if they’re coping with life at the moment! Remind her that you are in her corner- grab those pom poms and start cheering!!