My First Mother’s Day, Part 1

I’ve only been vaguely aware of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the past 10 years or so (since I had neither parent to celebrate) and Mother’s Day only because an alumna from my college was responsible for its creation.

Last year on Father’s Day was the day I found out I was expecting but this is my first Mother’s Day and I am honestly so excited about it. Not to make it about me, but because it marks another transition, a big one, in my life. I’m a parent forever now.

For the day, I asked P if he could take care of her in the morning while I did a local sprint triathlon. I did it last year and when the email rolled around again, I found myself yearning for it even though I knew it was potentially a bad idea since I’m still only 3 months postpartum. I haven’t swam, I haven’t ridden my bike in several months, and I’ve only begun running again. But I really wanted to do it and figured worst case is it’d take me about two hours or so. My time from last year was 1:31 so I figured an extra 30 minutes would be a generous buffer plus time to travel there and back and beforehand to set up my transition area and get body marked.

Plus, I’ve come a long way in the past three months in learning how to plan my time with a baby.

The logistics basics:

-Pack everything the day before, not the night before

-Pump up tires

-Find bike rack in garage and put on car (tricky because my stroller is in my trunk and my bike rack makes it hard to move things in and out of the trunk)

-Pick up packet (P is volunteering all day so Mini-Me is in tow and right now is taking a long, luxurious, unexpected nap)

-Prep bottles for Mini-Me’s meals while I’m gone. I’ve been gifted with a bit of an oversupply so I’m able (aka need) to feed and pump. Most of the excess gets frozen but this past week I donated some to a local mom who was struggling.

Day of:

-Top Mini-Me off before I leave

-Bring pump with me, pump before start and after finish

-Return home victorious

 

Rebuilding

I knew on the surface that getting back into shape postpartum was likely to feel more like starting from the very beginning, but it’s been so long since I truly knew what that was like that when I began my workout plan, it was a very rude awakening.

I’ve been a big fan of Ashley Horner’s workouts but they can take a long time and I knew I needed something that I could do at home, with minimal equipment and time. I chose to go with Glow Body PT’s 12 Week Postpartum Plan because it was highly recommended by other military women, I liked that the workouts were short and intense (and as a new mom, my time is crunched so short as it is), and I also got it on discount way back in November for Veteran’s Day. That’s just how long I’ve been looking forward to this program.

Still, I didn’t even look at it until a couple of weeks ago when I decided to print it off and put it in a binder for easy reference. I’m motivated by crossing things off of lists so I put the workout plan on the front cover of my binder so I can cross workouts off as I complete them. It’s also great because I can see what’s next and flip to the tab to see what the workout is like. One of my absolute favorite parts is that Ashley Keller (not Ashley Horner) also made real-time workout videos for every workout so I can just queue it up and as soon as Mini-Me is asleep I can hit play. I can see what the exercises look like and just follow along. SO. NICE.

I still have a ways to go before I’m anywhere near my previous fitness level, but it took my nine months to get to this low so I expect it’ll take me a while to get back plus deal with finding an entire new routine.