You know what hasn’t changed since Mac has been born? The things that make me happy.
If you’re surfing (drowning in?) the postpartum emotional riptide, you know what you need?*
The same stuff you always need.
If bliss to you is a bubble bath, take as many bubble baths as your pruny toes can handle. Binge reading YA lit? Find a way to escape into a fantasy land made for 12 year olds.
For me, the things that reliably turn my frown upside down are exercise and time with my oldest and dearest friends. The ones who always lift you up and give you energy, even if you’re an introvert and generally have diminished capacities for social interactions.
I got a LOT of that over a visit to Tahoe for my aunt’s milestone birthday and some quality Jamie time.
We spent time outside playing in the snow with the Surge and the Kamagon: two pieces of equipment that customize the weight on by filling with water. The water sloshing around inside means you get a lot of stability work, too. Between the snow and the lake and the water sloshing around in our equipment, there was water, water everywhere!
Jamie always makes me work out, but she is nice about it: for example, her Kamagon ball is WAY heavier than mine. Mine was practically empty. That’s one of the things I think are so great about water-based equipment: if you’re shy about how much weight you’re working with, nobody will know how full or empty your Surge or Kamagon are.
The equipment meets you where you are, and you can be all stealth about how hardcore (or not) you are.
The difference in our resistance reminds me of a time that we took a HIIT class while traveling in New York. I forget where the class was, but I DO remember it started at 6am and we’d been out til 3am the night before.
It was a ROUGH class. I could smell the adventures from the night before coming out of my pores and the room seemed to spin on its axis every time I stood up from a squat or a plank. Burpees were a sick, sick joke.
The best part about it, though, was that the instructor switched our names. So when I was dropping to my knees for pushups or dragging myself too slowly from one exercise to the next, he was yelling at “Jamie” to pick up those knees or hustle. The real Jamie, of course, was doing everything perfectly, while I snickered secretly at his mistake and tried not to throw up.
Anyway, I was in much better shape for this workout with the Surge and the Kamagon while my awesome dad braved the cold and the wind to take pictures.
HOORAY FOR FAMILY.
And hooray for exercise. The time when you don’t want to do it is the best time to actually make it happen.
And then we took Mac snowshoeing for the very first time. She loved it.
Also, I love babies in snowsuits. SO MUCH.
And the thing that makes me happiest, hands down? Snuggle time with furry friends. <3 you, Abbie.
Stay sweaty, stay happy, my friends.
*I don’t actually know what you need. I’m not a professional. This is just a guess.