Yes. This is how we roll in my house. Making dinner, babywearing, and burning calories- all at the same time. Triple win! Today is one of those days where I will not have time to officially exercise. So what’s a girl to do? Wear a baby on your back and do some squats, that’s what! Woo hoo. I kept handing my daughter lima beans to eat while I was cooking and I’m sure I have about 10 down my back now. Have a great night!
I thought I would write a little bit about “babywearing” today. It’s something I’m pretty passionate about. I absolutely love to wear my babies. That sounds weird, doesn’t it? Basically it means that I carry my kids around in baby carriers throughout the day. It keeps us close, touching, and bonded. It comforts my kids, it keeps me hands-free, and it basically makes our lives SO much easier.
When my daughter (14 months old) was born, she would not stop crying. So I had a wrap that I wore to keep her close to me and it seriously was the only thing that would make her stop crying. Doctor said it was colic. It was awful, but babywearing got us through it. I started off with a stretchy wrap. That is how my babywearing days began.
But then I finally had enough money to buy a woven wrap. Stretchy wraps are great for babies when they are tiny and squishy, but as they grow, the stretchy wrap will stretch and become uncomfortable. So I bought my first woven wrap, a Neobulle Margot size 6. Then that started my obsession with wovens. I soon had a Neobulle Simon, a Girasol Rainforest, and now I have a Girasol Tahoe. I have also owned an Ergo.
I really loved the Ergo but felt like my daughter grew out of it too fast. It is a lot quicker to use than a wrap. I originally bought it because I was having trouble with back carries in a wrap. In an Ergo, back carries are a breeze.
After the Ergo, I had to try a Kinderpack. I bought the Kinderpack specifically for my toddler. It is HUGE!
Then I had to try a mei tai. Now I am trying a ring sling. So. Many. Carriers. Seriously. I have a problem. And I love all of them.
Anyway, the main point of this post was to tell you a bit about babywearing and to point out that when you are carrying your babies, you burn way more calories than if you are just pushing them in a stroller. It’s true. I wear my heart rate monitor while wearing my kids and I burn crazy, insane calories. That alone is enough for me to strap a kid on my back. But really, snuggling with my kids is truly the very best part of babywearing.
I still wear my 3 year old, 33 pound toddler. Sometimes it’s the only way I can get him to be still and snuggle with me. He asks to get up on my back. Especially when he doesn’t feel well. It is comforting for him to be so close to mama. My 14 month old is just now starting to ask to get up. It is the sweetest thing in the world when she brings me the wrap or the mei tai and says “Up!”
So, here are a gazillion pictures of me wearing my babies. The fun part is you can totally see how as my baby gets older, I have lost weight. In the pictures where she is younger, I am chubbier. Fun to see my progress. But these pictures are in no particular order. Another day I really want to touch more on the benefits of babywearing and babywearing safety, but alas, I do not have time in this post.
So, I know that I finished the Couch to 5k program a long time ago. But I really cannot rave about it enough! Have any of you used this program? I bought the app on my phone and listened to my own music while I ran. It starts you off slowly and you do run/walk intervals. At first you run for just a minute and then slowly over time you increase the amount of time you run.
Well when I started this program, the very first day, I thought I was going to DIE! That one minute run almost made me pass out. I knew that there was NO WAY I would ever be able to run for 30 minutes straight, which is the ultimate goal in the couch to 5k. But seriously I just stuck with it and each time I could run a little further. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow! I ran for THREE WHOLE MINUTES!” then the next week it was “WOW! Five whole minutes!”
Anyway. So I finished the program (yay me!) but I still run VERY slowly. I’m okay with that though. I’m not in a hurry. I got nowhere to go. Ha. I would like to eventually get faster but I’m content right now with just being able to RUN. And run I do. I think I am officially addicted. I run at least 30 minutes at least 3 times a week now. Yeah, I know, that’s not really that impressive compared to some of the really awesome running peeps. But you know what? It’s AWESOME compared to what I used to do, which was nothing. You can’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to YOU! I’m comparing what I can do now with what I used to do.
And really I think one of the best things I bought were a good pair of running shoes. I love my shoes. Love them. And I don’t even like shoes. Seriously. What girl doesn’t like shoes? That’s me. I don’t like them, but I love these. They make me feel awesome when I run. I have been so lucky so far because I haven’t had any running injuries. I don’t know if that’s because I run slowly or if it’s the shoes or what. But I’m thankful. These are the shoes, only mine are just plain pink. Don’t they look cozy?
I have been off track again. I hate when that happens so much! I have still been working out, running mostly and lots of walking. But I haven’t done Insanity in almost 2 weeks. That’s not okay. I have to get back on track. I WILL get back on track today. I have 2 more days of week 3 of Insanity. I can do this. I could really use some encouragement right now.