Tuesday, September 17, 2013
1. So for years I've thought about getting a Polar heart rate monitor. My sister has had one for the longest time but for some reason I always thought it was a waste of money. Over the past few weeks though, I've gotten so excited about getting back into the swing of things fitness wise post-baby, and one night while up a little late, and after tweeting about it with friends I ordered one off of Amazon. I got this one on sale for a great price (it's still on sale now for 40% off). To be honest though, when I opened the box and saw that you had to wear a chest strap with the small heart rate monitor attached I was a little turned off. I didn't realize that was part of it and I wasn't too sure about wearing something under my gym clothes (would it bother me? would it be annoying while running?), but my sister assured me that it was no big deal and you can't feel it once it's in place. She was right, and I recently used it for the first time and loved it. It was super motivating to see when I was in my target heart rate, and I enjoyed that I could track my entire workout, weights and everything. It's a new purchase for me but so far so good, and I highly recommend it!
2. This baby of ours. Oh gosh I can't even explain the amount of joy this sweet boy brings to our lives. I have Charlie's one-month update coming this week, but I have to just share for a minute what a sweetheart he is. It's weird to think he was just growing inside of my body a short four weeks ago too...pregnancy and child birth is so crazy. I'm trying to take a lot more photos of the two of us (and the three/four of us) because with Henry, I was so silly and felt like I wasn't back to my "normal self" (or size) for a couple of months so I avoided being in pictures and was behind the camera most of the time. Luckily I do have some really special photos of just Henry and me during those fleeting baby days, but I wish I had a million more. You live and you learn, and I learned not to be so ridiculous, for sure. I wrote about it more here, if you're interested.
3. You know how people say that after having a baby, your first child will suddenly seem so big in comparison? Well, it's true! Henry is already a big kid, but now he seems like a teenager to me. As soon as Charlie arrived everything on him seemed bigger- his hands seemed like adult hands, and those legs and feet! So huge. Still, it's really, really hard to believe he will be 3 at the end of November. I really feel like the time has gone by way too quickly for that to even be true. But he's loving being a big brother and takes it very seriously, and it's been such a joy to watch him relish in his new role. But get a load of that big kid up there! I snapped that while food shopping yesterday and I've looked at it a couple times thinking "how did this happen?!"
Heading out with the kiddos to pick up some Fall arts and crafts for Henry, but I'll be back tonight with an awesome giveaway of a very special book.