Yesterday I was training one of my little athletes and she gave me the most wonderful compliment…
In the form of a non compliment…
She has come a long way in the past month, going from not a runner, to running 2.5 miles, with great form…and the little beast is pretty fast too.
To change things up a little bit, I put together a speed and strength day for her. She started out loving it…then by the time we reached the end of the workout, during the last sprint, she gritted her teeth and growled "It's times like this I wish you were still on maternity leave".
And THAT'S how I know I'm doing my job.
Aria is almost 7 months old now. I can't even believe it. She's growing up so much and it feels good to say that a lot of things are falling into place.
Namely…Aria's night time practices.
Bed time was tricky for us. Mostly because I'm not comfortable with doing CIO. It just doesn't work for us. I'm not passing any judgement on anyone who does do it…it just isn't for us. So bed time has been a process. I've spent the past few months, since we started her routine, trying to make it as peaceful and positive as possible, in hopes that eventually things would fall into place. We've had a lot of trial and error, but also a lot of small sucesses. Our biggest success…she can now put herself to sleep!!!
How did this happen you ask? Well, she's just growing up. For the past 3 months we've done her bath, then a bottle, then some snuggles, stories and singing. She would always end up falling asleep while we were snuggling and singing. And every night I broke the cardinal rule, and would put her down while she was already asleep.
Bed time was so relaxing. Her falling asleep while we were so close and cuddly was so nice for both of us. No matter what kind of day we had, it always ended with this beautiful moment of peace before bed.
Eventually she started not falling asleep while we were singing and snuggling anymore. It was confusing for both of us. I wasn't sure if she needed more snuggles, or what was going on.
One night 2 weeks ago, I decided to try something. I did everything the same, we snuggled and sang, and then I put her down in her crib. I rubbed her back for a minute and then when she seemed calm and situated, I left. I watched her on the monitor and little miss smarty pants found her pacifier, put it in her mouth and went to sleep.
I danced. Hard.
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this story…it just cracks me up how pissed she is.
I usually always wear her…but I thought it would be nice for her to ride around in the stroller during our errands. After the first stop she was all "Well this is crap." So we had to change things up.
Race season is fast approaching and I'm not ready! I mean, I'm ready…but I haven't had the time to train to perform at the level I was hoping this year. It's still early, I know. And Goonies never say die.
It's really tough to balance everything right now. Especially because I'm insane and I don't feel totally balanced unless I'm doing hours of fast physical activity a day.
I feel like there is a secret and I'm just completely missing out on it.
If someone has the secret…please! Give it to me!
I'm going to go eat some chicken now. And some kale.