Back in October a group of friends and I completed the Great South Run 10 mile race. It’s been the focus of my training since I started running, all the way back in January. I have to say that the day was amazing and I’ve loved having the single minded focus of training for the 10 miles, having never run before. I’m grateful to have friends who run, who completely “get it”. I raised around £800 for Macmillan Cancer Support and couldn’t believe how kind and generous friends have been. I feel incredibly lucky.
Next challenge is Brighton Half Marathon in February. Bring it on.
Since the eldest started school, time has hit some sort of fast forward. Maybe it’s the routine or the non stop events (from show and tell to discos to reading home wow and parents evening). I wish some days I could hit pause and stop running around. There seems to be no time to stop and reflect on what is important. I feel the need, not for speed, but for enjoying them all being so little and actually needing me. I always think about it when I tuck them in and check on them when they’re asleep.
all babies have this magical power, they sense food is about to be eaten by Mum and they wake up! Substitute food for any type of relaxation…same outcome.
so it’s been a few months since I posted last and to be fair, it’s felt like a tornado has passed through, with the arrival of baby number three. Things I have managed to do:
1. Start some kind of hectic routine and enjoy my lovely family
2. Started running and can now do 5k quite comfortably
3. Signed up for a 10 mile race in October (perhaps a bit too optimistic?!)
4. Re do the eldest’s bedroom, middle child is next on my list!
5. Go on holiday – we had an amazing time and enjoyed the sunshine and the company of friends in Florida.
Things I’ve failed to do:
1. Sleep much
2. Keep in touch with friends as regularly as I should.
3. Record milestones – I’ve done lots of photos, but anything written down, forget it.
So I’m going to try, once again, to blog and record, so I’ve got some things to go back to in the future. What did you manage/fail to do i the time after children were born? It’s all about celebrating the little successes.
I’m relatively new on Twitter and am just finding my way round, having an explore, generally during the night feeding hours. I found an interesting discussion today on @mumsdays entitled All about you
It got me thinking. What am I about. I have 3 children now, 4, 2 and 5 weeks old. My days are spent with them, as I’m on maternity for the next year. I’m privileged that I live in the UK and we get that long. The kids are my focus, but what about me?
Me time currently consists of 10 minutes to do make hair make up, 15 minute shower and sometimes being allowed to go to the toilet on my own. The odd 5 minutes while kids watch tv and baby sleeps. All my gym plans, self improvement and juicing plans, like the almond milk in the fridge, remain unopened, abandoned but not forgotten.
I’m a new me. An evolving me with new priorities and chaos around me. I’m enjoying this time with baby girl, finding my feet with routine and slowly realising that this is the last time I get to have a newborn bundle to hold and whose hair I can sniff at will. These days won’t come again and I’ll always be evolving.
I miss flying me, the flight attendant who goes away and sees the world. My real passion is for travel and exploring. She will be back though, the flying me. In a year she will be sat in New York or Hong Kong, missing her babies and husband but enjoying the world, if only for a couple of days, before returning to normality and chaos.
For now, I’ll take grounded me and try my best to love every minute. Even with explosive nappies around. On that note…
Why is it, that, despite the fact kids went to bed late, they woke up earlier than normal? Seems inherently unfair.