Unplugging

I’ve been conflicted about blogging for the last several months.  Part of me is keen to continue to write, and share more of our “adventures” as a family of 3 (+2 furry members).  I often get inspired by a topic, and begin composing it in my head.  Sadly, I never seem to find the time to sit down with the computer and put my thoughts to the screen.

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The truth is I’m enjoying the rest of my life too much to make the time to blog.  Baby O has reached a great age – he is very interactive and fun to play with.  Naps don’t last long, and when they happen it is always a rush to take care of several house-related items or sneak in a short rest of my own.

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I just don’t have the time, and don’t want to make the time, that I would need to meet the blogging standard I aspire too.  So for that reason, I’ve decided it’s time to unplug and allow myself to focus on other things.  Like reading a book that isn’t baby-related, experimenting in the kitchen more, embarking on some DIY crafty projects (one of a million I’ve got pinned), enjoying the outdoors with O and Kona, and getting that new year’s running resolution started.

Thanks to you all for reading, and supporting this little endeavour of mine.  Who knows, I may be back but for now I’m “retiring” my keyboard 😉

S.

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Resolutions

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great night celebrating the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.  I was up, but not to celebrate as I have in years past 😉

While I’m normally not one to make a New Years resolution, this year I am making an exception.  Since my last trimester began, and especially after our little one arrived, I have not made the time for myself to be active.  So this year my resolution is to try and incorporate being active into my new life as a mom.

I know the majority of fitness resolutions tend to fail, but I have a multi-step plan to help me succeed. The first step is that I’ve told my husband the plan and I’m sharing it on this blog.  P very supportive and encouraging in my efforts to be active.  Once I’ve verbally committed to him, I know he’ll be checking up on me to make sure I follow through as well as helping out at home (even more than he already does) to make sure that I have no excuses.  And then there’s the self-imposed guilt I will feel knowing I shared the plan here.

The second step is that I am trying out a mom and baby fitness class – Salsa Babies – to get me through the winter months.  I’m hoping the social aspect of the class, and the fact that I can bring O with me, will keep me motivated!

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Fingers crossed that Baby O and I are smiling as much as the mom and baby in the cartoon when we try our first class in January.

And the third step is that I will start running again once the weather is warm enough to allow me to take the babe outside.  To help me do that, I’ll be using this:

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Thanks to a fabulous kijiji find, P and I just invested in a great jogging stroller.  The snow has only just arrived and now I can’t wait until Spring to get a running program started (again).

Before our son arrived, I was actually opposed to getting a jogging stroller.  I had this crazy notion that running would be my “me time” and that I’d go out with Kona while P watched our baby.  Obviously I had no understanding of baby feeding and sleeping schedules back then!

So how about you? Any other New Years Resolutions out there?

Rise and Shine

I’ve always been a morning person, and for our weekday schedule it has worked out nicely in that I take the morning puppy shift.  Since P works downtown, he tries to leave by 6:30 am to avoid the worst of the rush hour traffic which means a 5:30 am wake up call.  Since Kona’s arrival, our morning ritual involves P heading downstairs to get Kona up and out in the backyard for a bathroom break, while I get dressed and ready to face the day.  I’m downstairs by 5:45 am and then proceed with feeding Kona.  Until recently, we’ve been out on our walk by 6 am. 

These morning walks are one of the best parts of dog ownership for me.  It is so peaceful to be outside in the early hours of the day, just you and your dog.  The air seems fresher and more crisp and there is an overwhelming sense of quiet and solitude. It sounds a little corny, but even walking around our suburb I feel “at one with nature” on these early morning excursions. 

Kona tends to be a bit more relaxed and attentive at these times compared to her afternoon walks which makes the entire experience a lot more enjoyable.  Not surprisingly, there are much less people out in these early hours – at most we will cross paths with 1 or 2 dogs and another 2 or 3 joggers or walkers on a given day.  Who we run into depends on the path we take, and the exact timing of our departure.  If we leave 1 or 2 minutes later or earlier than normal and we see an entirely different set of people and animals. 

As the days get shorter, the amount of darkness during our morning walks has increased.  Last week on an overcast day, our entire walk was in darkness.  While I enjoy watching the sun rise, for safety’s sake I’d much rather be out in daylight instead of darkness.  I’ve begun postponing our walks to try and get some daylight in them, but can only do that for so long. And of course, when Daylight Savings Time starts, it will only get worse!

Watching the sun rise during one of our morning walks.

Thankfully, between P and I we have a pretty good supply of “safety” devices to wear when running in the dark.  We’ve outfitted Kona’s Gentle Leader with a blinking red light and I wear a head lamp (sadly, no longer can I tease P about his nerdiness when he wears one). 

These early morning walks have given me an opportunity to learn more about our neighbours and the neighbourhood in general.  Some things I’ve discovered lately: 

  • A surprising number of people forget to close their garage doors on a given night.  This makes me feel better about the times I/we have forgotten!
  • Very few people are awake at 6 am, but by 6:15 the number seems to double.
  • There is a very small number of homes that put their garbage out in the evening.  Their green bins are always ransacked by racoons. 
  • The number of morning runners decreases dramatically as the weather cools and the mornings get darker (not surprising). 

To blog or not to blog

I’ve been debating writing a blog for quite some time now.  There are so many out there that I enjoy, and the concept of sharing my thoughts via a blog was appealing.  Yet I struggled with choosing a theme.  I definitely wanted the blog to be about something specific and to have a purpose.  But what should that be?  And even more importantly, do I have time to blog?

For the past 3 months my day to day existence has been focussed around the needs of a very sweet, extremely cute bundle of fur.  At times life with our puppy can be frustrating, other times comical, but always worth every minute.  Which is a good thing as we don’t really have time for anything else!  In fact, when I’m not with her, I’m usually telling anecdotes about her…

Aha – and with that came the inspiration… why not blog about life as a first time dog owner?    My goal with this blog is to share our stories about how our life has changed since we brought our puppy home, our perspectives as first time dog owners and the various joys and challenges that come along with puppy.

Puppy permitting, I hope to post at least once a week.  As we’ve been ‘with puppy’ for 3 months now, there will be many ‘catch up’ posts to keep me busy for the next little while.