I took the neatest yoga class yesterday.
Last week, one of the super cute girls who works on the floor at the Y invited me to come take this Hot Yoga class at this studio out in Durham. Durham is kind of a hike for us – we are in downtown Raleigh, and during a high-traffic time, it can take like 40 minutes or more to get out there, but she assured me it was worth it.
Totally worth it, and I ended up signing up for a Beyonce-themed yoga class on Grammy Sunday. I am super excited for that.
What I liked about this class was that, though the class was an excellent workout (I found myself a little sore the next day in some new places), the focus wasn’t on the workout. We focused on breathing, and really being present, which is something I needed on Monday, where I felt my focus was pulled into a million different directions.
Anyways, I totally stole this idea from Taylor, a blogger who I’m insanely jealous of because she gets to live in Chicago all the time. I’ve only ever run the marathon, and I dream about living there. But it’s kinda cold and my sisters aren’t there, which could present some challenges…
Anyhoo, here’s a typical day (these days) for me. I caveat this by saying “these days” because I’m still not in a great groove with the baby, and I’m not sure when I’ll get there.
7am – this is sometimes earlier, or sometimes a little later, but this is when I hear Liam start to rustle around. He’s a morning person, so he’s not usually wailing, just kind of making sounds, and kicking his little feet around. He sleeps in this…
…which sorta looks ridiculous, but I don’t care. He’s sleeping, I’m sleeping, and that makes me really happy.
In that time, if he’s really smiley, I literally will jog out to the kitchen and start the coffee machine and let the dog out. I still have a teeny tiny bit of eggnog left that I’m using as creamer. I’m fully prepped to sob when that’s all finished…
7:20am – I change a diaper and nurse my little man. This time is super nice for us to hang out. I’ll listen to a podcast sometimes while we do this. Sometimes, by the end of this feeding, little man is drifting off, and I’ll have a chance to stick him back in the bassinet for a few minutes while he dozes.
8:15am – So for the last bit, I’ve probably been scrambling around the house, listening to podcasts, and collecting workout gear (for my workout and in case I’m teaching a class), work wear (slightly business casual), my lunch, and his bottles that I’ve pumped for the day. He’s probably stirring by now, so I’ll pop him out of his sleep suit and into this really cute bouncer thing I bought for him at a yard sale for $20. I pull it into the bathroom, just outside of the shower. He entertains himself while I shower. He’s pretty chill, so usually, I have time to put a little makeup on, and smooth my hair down before I get dressed. He’s ready for a snack, so I’ll nurse him, change him one more time, put some clean clothes on him, grab a few extra diapers with diaper cream depending on his skin that day, and hustle us into the main room of the house. This is where I load him into his carseat, throw on a hat for him and some socks or shoes, and begin the process of getting everything into the car.
9:15isham – Sometimes this is a little earlier, or a little later, depending on who’s picking Liam up from daycare. But we’re out the door, and I drop Liam off at daycare quickly before I scramble off to work. I’m eating a peanut butter bar thing and a coffee for breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite thing, and I make sure never to skip it, but it’s certainly not elaborate.
11:15am – So say I’m teaching the lunch cycling class? I’ll go back to the closet to pump, and maybe have a snack. I’ve been snacking on boiled eggs lately (gross, but filling), so I may pump, eat an egg, and make sure I’m slamming water (since I’m prone to headaches if I don’t).
I’m off diet soda, but still like something with bubbles, so I may enjoy one of these (these are great, let’s chat about them some more later), and I get myself cleaned up before class.
12:15pm – We cycle. I like teaching this class a lot. I teach to tempo, so I love to really think about what music we’ll be using, and build the class. I’m a disgusting sweaty mess after, so I try to pop into the shower at work, and get myself looking presentable for the day.
2:00pm – I pop over to Liam’s daycare sometimes to nurse him. That way, I can skip a pumping session (because pumping absolutely blows), and I get to see him a few times a week at that time.
3:00pm – It’s sort of late for lunch, right? But since I go to Liam’s I’ve skipped lunch, but still need to eat. I know this is against all of the nutritionist’s rules for mindful eating, but I totally take lunch at my desk most of the time, and try to catch up on emails, and take care of some work for a while. That’s so bad. I should not be doing that, I need to do better.
5:00pm – So, so today’s one of those days Austin is picking Liam up from daycare, and say I’m not teaching an evening class . THIS is when I usually get antsy. So I’ll change into my workout clothes, and attempt to do a really really quick workout. My latest favorite is something called the Sprint 8 program on our treadmills. It’s an interval program that has you pushing, or sprinting, for 30 seconds, and then doing some active recovery for 1:30.
I love this because I feel like intervals are the best way to mix up your cardio and make it fun and interesting without spending like an hour on the treadmill.
5:45pm – After a quick workout, I stay in my gross clothes, and head back to my office to work a little more. It’s emails, sometimes writing blog posts, coordinating last-minute subs, and checking in with the classes going on in the building. Our campaign season is in the fall, so we’re in a lull as far as fundraising.
6:15pm – Austin went to pick Liam up, so he brings him to work so he can work out, and I can take the baby home. A lot of times, he’s asleep after his big day at daycare, so he sits in his stroller while I keep an eye on him, and finish some things up.
7:20pm – We’re done with work, and at home. Usually, every few days, I try to put something in the crock pot so we have a little something to eat. Sunday, it was a not-as-creamy wild rice soup…
That was pre-liquid and spices, but you get the idea. Usually, Austin will come in right behind me, run and shower, while I heat up dinner. While dinner is warming up, I nurse Liam, and set him in his bouncer or his activity mat while we eat. After dinner is when things get nuts until Liam goes to bed. We start tummy time around 8. Bathe him (only once or twice a week). I slather him in coconut oil since he’s got dad’s skin. And he’s usually asleep by 9pm.
9:30pm – Me and Austin may watch a show (Blackish lately), and after a show, he’ll wash and fill bottles for the next day, while I start writing, cleaning up, and pretending I’m going to shower, when in reality, I’m not. Unless I’m feeling really special and energetic.
11:00pm – Because I’m nursing, I usually try to empty the boobs before I go to bed, otherwise I’ll wake up super uncomfortable. I pump, wash the parts, and will most likely forget my pump on the coffee table, so I have to figure out what the heck I’m going to do the following day. If we don’t have a plan for dinner the following day, I’ll try to figure something out, maybe throw something in the crockpot or prep something really quickly.
12:15am – BED.
Whew. Where did all the time go, right?
What’s a typical day like for you?