day in the life of a working mom

4:15 AM – My alarm goes off.  I’m pissed because I’m still tired, but know that I don’t have a choice but to get out of bed and get in the shower.  I check Facebook for 5 minutes and finally roll out of bed.

4:20 AM – Shower and get ready for work.  I also pump while I’m putting on makeup – 3 ounces on each side.

5:30 AM – I put the milk I pumped in bags and stick it in the freezer.  Then it’s time to go get my little man up and ready for the day.  He’s a happy boy waking up this morning and is ready to eat.

5:40 AM – Feed Miles and read blogs while he’s nursing.

6:00 AM – Miles is done and it’s now time to get The Threenager up.  In true threenager form, she’s not wanting to get out of bed at all.  I finally get her up and have to change a dirty nighttime diaper.  She is only wearing diapers for bedtime now but we’re having some issues with getting her to poop in the potty and it’s in everyday problem.  Any advice on how to get a toddler to poop in the potty?

6:10 AM – I fixed a Poptart for Kenna and turn on Mary Poppins for her to watch while I get my breakfast ready and Matt gets ready for work.

6:30 AM – Kiss all 3 of my babies goodbye and go to get in the car.  I spill my cereal all over my car, so I have to go back inside and get some more.  This is the THIRD day in a row I have spilled my cereal somehow.  #mommyfail

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7:05 AM – Arrive at work and check my email and memos for the day before heading out for open gym duty.

7:35 AM – The bell rings and it’s time for the day to really begin.  I’m so not ready for my 8th graders this morning – my 1st hour isn’t exactly my favorite of the day, but at least I get them out of the way first thing in the morning.  I spend my first 2 hours of the day in the gym before heading up to the Health classroom to teach 7th grade health.  I have an observer today, so it makes it even more interesting and I really have to be on my A-game.  Thank goodness my kids were decent for me today…

10:30 AM – Break time!  I go make copies for my 5th hour and for my health classes tomorrow before sitting down to work on my grad school homework.  I have a 15 page paper due on the 27th and I have started and re-started it 3 times now.  I’ve decided to read all my research articles and take notes before I really decide the direction I want it to go.  My thesis:  Do daily physical education classes effect standardized test scores?  Exciting stuff, I know…

11:30 AM – Get my lunch ready and head into the closet to pump.  Thankfully I get done just in time before an 8th grader walks in.  That would’ve been awkward…

12:00 PM – Time to start the second half of my day.  One more hour of health and I head back down to the gym the rest of the day to teach 6th graders how to throw a football.  More exciting stuff, let me tell you…

2:41 PM – Done with the kiddos for the day and I go to pump again while eating a snack and working a little more on my grad school paper.  I really just want to get this dang thing done.  Ugh.

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3:00 PM – Workout time!  I do this CrossFit workout today, but 3 rounds instead of 5.  I’m starting myself off a little slower this time around, and I knew I didn’t have enough time to get 5 rounds in.  I completed 3 rounds in 16:19 – not too bad!  I follow it up with a 3-mile run around town.

4:00 PM – Hop in the car and head toward home.  I call my mom every day on my way home, even when I don’t have much to talk about.

4:30 PM – Pick up the kiddos at the sitter’s.  Miles is wearing MacKenna’s extra clothes because he had a few blow outs today and leaked through his other 2 outfits.  I chat with Stacy for a few minutes before packing up the kids and heading home.

5:00 PM – We’re home and Matt gets home right behind us.  I get the car and kids unpacked and start making dinner.  Matt and I talk about our day while we get dinner ready and entertain The Threenager.

5:40 PM – Dinner time!  This is my new favorite dinner that we will be having once a week!  Bean and cheese nachos with all the toppings.  Yum!

6:00 PM – Bath time for the kiddos!  We switch kids tonight since we ate early enough – Matt bathes Miles and I get to play with Kenna in the tub.  We sing Broadway show tunes while we play in the tub (I took her to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at my brother’s school on Friday so I make that a station on Pandora for her).

7:00 PM – Time to feed Miles again.  Kenna gets her iPad as a reward for no timeouts today and her and Matt Facetime Grandma.

7:30 PM – We get up off the couch and get the kids ready for bed.  We’ve had to start this earlier because Kenna takes for-ev-er to get ready.  We brush teeth, read books, kiss the TV and radio (weird toddler quirk), say prayers, go potty, sing songs, and then try to get Kenna to stop asking for stuff so we can clothes the door.

8:00 PM – Put diapers in the wash, make my lunch for tomorrow, fold laundry, try on my Stitch Fix clothes (I’ll be sharing on Friday!), grab a snack, and then wait almost 30 minutes for the Internet to start working so I can write this post.  Ugh.

9:50 PM – Finally get done writing this post, set it to publish, and get up off the couch to get ready for bed.

10:10 PM – Dream feed Miles and read.  I’m reading Eat & Run by Scott Jurek right now.  It’s just OK – I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week so I can start something new.  Any suggestions?  I’m not too picky – it just needs to hold my attention.

10:45 PM – Put Miles back in his crib and lights out.  Hoping that it is another no-wake-up night for both kids and my alarm will go off too early again at 4:15 to start all over again…

 

  

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first double stroller run + weekly workouts

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to write about a stroller run. But, Friday wasn’t just any stroller run – it was my first (real) run with the double stroller!

I finally found a double stroller on Craigslist a few weeks ago that was in the price range that I wanted and was one of the 2 models/brands I was looking for. We tested it out at the mall over Spring Break and I took it out on a run/walk the week I was injured, but I hadn’t actually done a real run with it yet.

Until Friday. Our babysitter needed off a little earlier than usual, so I had planned on skipping my workout for the day. But, with it being absolutely beautiful out, I was itching to get out for a run. After a bit of convincing with MacKenna (fruit snacks FTW), I strapped both of them in and headed out.

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I have to say, it actually felt easy?! I am super impressed with how smooth this stroller rolls. (We have a Baby Trends Navigator.) I was able to push it one handed easily – my only complaint is that it is a little difficult to turn with the front wheels locked. The first mile, I was flying! It was probably the best I had felt on a run in a long time, amazingly enough! I felt effortless – it was the best feeling ever!

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Until the second mile. So, I figured out that the first mile from our house to the trailhead is ALL downhill – from the moment you step off the driveway until the first mile marker. Ugh. As I turned around at the 1 mile, I was not only pushing up hill, but the wind was definitely not helping. While it was definitely much harder, the good news is (1) I didn’t have to stop and walk and (2) my Garmin vivofit still picked up my steps even with both hands on the stroller!

Splits:

Mile 1 – 8:08
Mile 2 – 9:17

Time: 17:26

Pace: 8:43/mile

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Here’s how my other workouts went last week:

Monday: 2 mile easy run (9:52/mile) + NROLFW 2A

Tuesday: 3 mile easy run (10:16/mile)

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: 3 mile easy run (8:31/mile) + NROLFW 2B

Friday: 2 mile double stroller run (8:43/mile)

Saturday: 4 mile easy run (8:40/mile)

Sunday: OFF

Total: 14 miles

Get out there this week and get those runs in!  Hope ya’ll have a great start to your week! :)

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easter weekend + a running comeback

If you haven’t had that nasty stomach bug that’s going around yet, thank your lucky stars because it is a doozy.  MacKenna had it a week and a half ago and didn’t really eat for almost a week.  Now I know why.  It hit me HARD on Saturday afternoon and I still have little appetite 5 days later.  So, instead of getting a “day in the life” post (believe me, the lack of food I’ve eaten is less than exciting), I figured I’d give you a little glimpse at our Easter weekend.

Friday was fantastic – a much needed day off after a couple of emotionally exhausting weeks.  I have been dying to head out toward the city so we could finally try Strange Donuts.  We’ve been making it a family tradition to go get donuts on Saturday mornings at our local donut shop, but it’s really hard to get all 4 of us up and out the door early enough to drive 40 minutes on a Saturday morning before they sold out.  So, we decided Good Friday was a great day to go.

I’ll admit, that while the donuts were decent, I wasn’t overly impressed.  The yeast donuts were really dense and the cake donuts were just alright.  I did love the originality of the flavors they offer (French toast!  Lemon poppyseed!  Gooey butter cake!) and I would love to go out there one night to try one of their “stranger” donuts, where they pair up with a local restaurant to make a donut.  They are extremely original and do a great job at marketing, but we probably won’t be making a trip back out there.

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Saturday is when I went down for the count.  I woke up feeling what I thought were hunger pains, so we went to get donuts again, this time at Heaven Scent Doughnuts – these were better but still not my favorite.  We headed off to the grocery store to get stuff for dying Easter eggs and making food for our Easter gatherings, but I started feeling pretty bad.  I spent the rest of the day laying on the couch, dozing on and off between trips to the bathroom and nursing Miles.  It was not a fun day.  I just kept praying that I would feel better in the morning since I had missed Christmas already and didn’t want to miss another major holiday.

Thankfully, I was feeling better in the morning, so we put on our Easter best and headed off to church.  You know you’re not feeling well when you don’t even get a family portrait – or your kids in their Easter clothes – on Easter.  I didn’t even make Kenna’s Easter basket until right before she woke up that morning.  #mommyfail  But, we still had a great day spent with family.  Miles was able to meet his Great Grandma and Kenna had a great time hunting for Easter eggs with her cousins.  And we all made out really well with our Easter baskets from the Easter bunny – aka both sets of parents.  (I’m praying I will get to enjoy some Easter candy in the next few days – nothing like giving it up for Lent only to still not be able to eat it days after Easter.)

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But, before the bug struck me down for a few days, I actually got some running in!  Just a week ago, I could’ve swore I was going to be out for awhile.  After heading back to the chiropractor for my 3rd adjustment in a week, all of a sudden, my hip/back/leg started feeling amazingly better.  I was having less and less pain every single day that by Thursday, I did an easy 2 mile run virtually pain free!  Followed by a 3 miler on Friday with no pain!  I have been pain free since last Friday and it looks like I won’t be taking more time off from running!

I am, however, taking my time building my mileage back up.  I was feeling much better by Monday afternoon that I went on an easy 2 mile run – walking breaks included.  Yesterday, an easy 3-miler – again, with walking breaks.  While I don’t have to worry about hip pain anymore, I also still have no appetite, which means there’s been nothing in my system to fuel my runs, so walking was a necessity.  I also deferred our team relay until next year due to several us being completely undertrained, including myself.  I will officially start half marathon training for Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago at the end of this month, so I’m just working on building up my mileage slowly, to where I can do a 5 mile run by the time training starts.  No training plan.  No worrying about paces.  Sounds like a good comeback to me…

And if you want to come run with me in Chicago this summer (or in St. Louis in October), you can use my RnR discount code at checkout to save $15 on your race entry!  (This code is valid on ANY Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon or half in the U.S., so if Chicago or STL aren’t convenient, find one close to you!)

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