Our yard was dead and barren all winter, and then â€“ all the sudden â€“ itâ€™s exploding with weeds. Wish we had planted some tulip bulbs or something pretty. But no â€“ just weeds.
So Iâ€™ve been trying to clean up our front garden for a few days. The process is taking forever because I do it during Claireâ€™s naptimes and only get like, 20 minutes at a time. I barely have enough time to get dirty before I have to come in! Huge mess. Hopefully, it will be worth it though â€“ Iâ€™d love to see some colorful flowers in there.
So in addition to a little weeding, yesterday was full of fun.
I got my workout of the way in the morning. Brandi and I met for a swim and a bike ride.
Iâ€™m committing to making most of my non-boot camp workouts a double (such as a swim/bike or a bike/run) because I really, really need to get ready for triathlon season. My first is in May! Eck. Itâ€™ll be here before I know itâ€¦
We did this 1500 yard workout, but I nixed one of the speed sets and the cool down because my arms were soooooo tired from boot camp. As I said to Brandi, I kind of feel like Iâ€™m in an awkward place physically. Itâ€™s like a plateau that I need to push through â€“ Iâ€™m constantly tired/sore workouts but feel like I need to push through to get stronger and fitter so Iâ€™m NOT constantly tired/sore. Does that make sense?
We biked for 10 minutes after. Later in the afternoon, I went back to the pool â€“ but this time it was with Henry!
Ah, you know whatâ€™s changing my life? Well, just my mornings, I guess. Getting really consistent about putting all my smoothie ingredients in the blender the night before. It makes breakfast go even faster.
We bought a reconditioned (and thus cheaper but it still comes with a mega warranty) Vitamix a few years ago, and I have to say, I love my Vitamix so much. It is the ultimate blender. I use it multiple times a day â€“ and for a variety of different types of foods â€“ and canâ€™t imagine cooking without it.
A Claire Update
I wanted to give you guys a Claire update because Iâ€™m seeing some pretty cool stuff happen with my baby girl. In the last few days, sheâ€™s started to LAUGH. I mean â€“ really, really LAUGH. Itâ€™s so cute! She thinks itâ€™s super funny when you say â€œMooâ€ like a cow. And man â€“ she loves to crack up at Henryâ€™s antics. She looks at him with such adoration in her eyesâ€¦ She also loves the Husband. She sees him and just BEAMS. Itâ€™s super sweet.
Sheâ€™s so chunky, too. Love her heft! Her thigh rolls are the most beautiful thing Iâ€™ve ever seen; sheâ€™s soft and squishy. I just want to squeeze her all the time.
Her little baby personality is coming out more and more. If I had one word to describe Claire, it would be â€œagreeable.â€ Sheâ€™s always willing to go with the flow. She smiles at everyone she interacts with and is just generally a jolly girl. The only time she is not happy is when someone else tries to put her down at nighttime â€“ she gets super upset until I come in and rock her. This makes bedtime difficult, but I secretly like how much she wants meâ€¦
Sheâ€™s getting more and more active, too. Her head control is great, and I find myself carrying her on my hip more and more (as opposed to like a football). Sheâ€™s gone into the jumper at childcare a few times and loved it. I loaned my friend Henryâ€™s jumper (my mom friends and I swap baby gear constantly) but Iâ€™m going to get it back this week so she can rock the jumper out at home, too.
Hereâ€™s Henry in the Rainforest Jumperoo when he was a little older than Claire is now. Canâ€™t wait to see her in it!
Sheâ€™s also figured out the purpose of toys, and sheâ€™s loving Henryâ€™s old favorites like Freddie the Firefly, Sophie, and the Winkel Rattle (which I call â€œthe atom bombâ€ because it looks like an atom to me).
Now, I owe you a Henry update. Heâ€™s doing so well; Iâ€™ll try to write a bit about his awesome toddler life soon (I love the stage heâ€™s at!).
Have a good one!