Its the holiday season, our already crazy lives are now fully chaotic and I’ve needed a little extra help, and Mac has stepped in and saved the day several times. We each have or ‘normal things’ but last night when I got back form a meeting he had Apple completly packed for daycare, cloth diapers, clothes, wet bag and bottles preped… I was floored I got to come home and relax for a whole 30 min before bed….it was amazing.
Sometimes we all need a little extra help, when you see a need step in and fill it.
So you want to be healthier, you want to eat right, exercise and be fit? Its all a choice, little choices everyday that support what you want to be. When you have to eat out you pick the healthy options, when you have the option of stairs you take them. You choose to run instead of watch TV its all choices.
I know sometimes it isn’t quite that simple we all have responsibilities that we need to take care of but even on those busy days there are healthy choices we can make. Right now I have 4 major things on my plate that keep be busy (besides just normal baby stuff)
- Editing pics from a paintball tournament
- Picking up the house before we have a cleaning lady come tomorrow (for a pre-Christmas deep clean that I know I won’t have time to do, thanks honey!)
- 3 doctors appts a week for Physical Therapy and a follow up.
- Another random obligation 1 night this week.
Between those appointments I only have a full night of Monday and Friday of this week, and much of that time was/will be devoted to cleaning and photo editing. Add to that, the fact that we are in below 0 temps and I can’t just go for a quick run with the baby….exercise is hard this week. I’m hoping to do Friday and Saturday and if I’m lucky Sunday too.
So these weeks when life is crazy and I’m not sure how I’m going to do it all I make sure to beef up my health in other ways. Eat healthy, take the stairs at work and get to bed on time.
Last week I only got in 2 runs honestly that was a little disappointing but 2 is better than 0!
Running with Apple has actually been pretty easy. She loves the movement and I’ve been running with her in the car seat attachment on my BOB for 4 months now. However with the temperature plummeting to below zero and snow on the trails that is no longer an option.
So what to do? Well a few things really. I need to keep running out side to maintain my fitness level, road running is completely different than treadmill running. Also I just can’t do long runs on the treadmill. So here is my plan for winter running.
- Treadmills- I have a love hate relationship with them. However I understand that I live in Minnesota and its just going to be a necessity so there is no use fighting it. When I do run on the treadmill I always use at least a 1% incline to better simulate road running.
- The Gym- I’ll go when I can, they have child care so that is nice but it kind of limits me. If she needs a diaper change I have to stop running and go do that. However I can meet friends there and that is always motivating
- At Home-I’m looking for a basic treadmill for home for those days I’m crunched for time or I need to work out at a time the gym daycare is closed. I think this is going to be the key to me not skipping runs this winter.
- Layers-They are mandatory and always make sure the base layer is wicking. Keep your head and hands covered no matter how warm I get and zippered top layers are great for ventilation if you get warm.
- Reflectors- It gets dark early these days guys make sure you have reflective clothing or lights on. It might be light when you start your run but dark when you get home. Best to be prepared. I like to have one on each level 1 above the waist and 1 below. Plus if I’m running with the dog one on his level.
- Shoes- If there is any snow on the trial I use trail shoes for better traction. Also if I notice icy patches I jump on to the dirt/grass and avoid it if possible.
This is a photo of the back of my camera, life with you, trying to keep the house clean, continuing to run and doing a few photo shoots now and then is crazy…wonderful but crazy. I planned to upload these pics after a shoot. However my crazy baby brain lost track of which memory card was in the camera and I deleted them all….In the grand scheme of things it’s not a big deal…I’m the photographer I can take them again. But the thought of losing those pictures. Those moments, it breaks my heart. I don’t want to forget any of our moments. I don’t ever want to take a single day for granted. 5 months have already gone to fast. Your using your hands together to move your stuffed animals. Rolling around both ways and starting to notice that you can move places when you do. You love to babble and tell stories. Your personality is showing more and more every day. Silly sounds can make you smile every time and daddy can always make you giggle. You love to snuggle when tired and give a short fight against sleep when your over tired. I love you, all your quirks, smiles and giggles. I always will.
This months milestones:
I never wanted to use prefolds and covers as one of our diaper options, it wasn’t even a consideration. I thought they were old-fashioned and a lot of work. Turns out I was wrong.
After researching all the types of diapers we had decided hybrid style diapers were the best choice for us and we were going to use the tiny g’s as our newborn diapers. Once I figured out that tiny g’s weren’t going to be our day and night solution I needed to find a cheap alternative for the days until she fit into the Gro Via hybrids. If I didn’t find something we were going to be stuck with disposable during the day time. I just couldn’t justify buying a whole newborn stash that she would out grow fairly quickly.
After talking to the staff at our local cloth diaper store I decided about the only thing I could justify was pre folds and covers. I could buy 12 pre folds (the old style cloth diaper) for $12 and I bought 2 Bummies newborn sized covers (used) for $16.00 total So for $28 I had 12 diapers, not bad at all! I started by pad folding (tri-fold/folding in thirds) and it worked great but if I didn’t stay on it she would dirty the cover. So I started doing some good old google searching and found another fold that sealed the deal, literally, incase you hadn’t noticed newborn poo isn’t well…soild.
My solution? The jelly roll fold! It’s so easy, and can be done with our without a snappi or pins (but easier with a snappi.) Just roll up the sides at a tapered angle and you create gussets within your diaper.
Since I’ve started using this I rarely need to wash my covers, of course I still do after a while, but most of the time I just wipe them down and put them back into rotation. The other reason I like this option is because I can keep it trim if I want to. I mostly have one size adjustable covers but I’m planning on keeping one sized cover on hand for those outfits that need a trimmer fit.
So why do I love pre folds and covers for newborns?
- Cost- They are only newborns for a short time and will out grow newborn diapers quickly why pay a lot of money for them?
- Effectiveness- if you use a fold made to trap poo this style is highly effective at containment.
- Trimness- there are newborn sized pre folds that can later be used as a booster (cost savings again!)
- Easy Cleaning/Drying- Because you can fold and unfold them it is easier for them to come clean and they dry faster. Instead of being 12 layers thick in the wash you unfold them and its one single 4 layer cloth.
- Pre folds aren’t ‘stay-dry’ (wicking) and therefore need to be changed as soon as you notice they are dirty…but really all diapers should be changed quickly.