Monday, July 18, 2011

Take care

I’m not sure if you know this but there’s an 11th commandment.


Grandma is always right.

And today, my lovely grandma offered this piece of wisdom: One of the best ways to take care of a baby is for the mom to take care of herself. You’re no good to the baby if you are frustrated, tired, depressed, hungry, etc. A new mom, no matter how frazzled, has to do things for her, such as shower, nap when the baby naps, make a cup of coffee (OK, she didn’t say that).

For me, exercise is integral to taking care of me. It makes me feel better about myself and breaks up the boredom.

So even though Miles was on the fussy side of things and nuzzling between the girls – despite eating just 45 minutes earlier, I put him in the car seat, which induced blood-curdling screams, and attached it to the stroller. I told myself that if he didn’t settle down after a block or so we would turn around but we were going to walk.

And you want to know what?

We were barely out the door when Miles quieted down, and I made it just over a mile.


It seems fresh air and exercise do us both some good.

Of course, when my grandma was discussing taking care of me she had to mention eating right. Pshaw! She says I need to a) eat good foods; b) eat enough; and c) eat good foods.

I guess indulging Mark’s request for Steak ‘n’ Shake might be out of the question :(

How do you take care of you?


  1. Oh my gosh, Miles is just the cutest little boy and your Grandma knows what she's talking about!!

    I try to do all of the above (including the coffee :), which is never ever easy!

  2. Way to go! I tried to get out of the house at least once a day in the beginning. It's key. You're doing great - keep it up!

  3. What great advice! Exercise seems to do both of you some good.

  4. awwww... I heart grandmas! They are the best!

    When I need to take care of myself I honestly just take a nap LOL

  5. Lil' Miles is A-Dor-able!!!! His red hair is just too much! I'm telling you the lil' man needs his own Daily Mile account :) I'd "friend" him. I'm so glad that you went out of for a walk - it's certainly HOT!!!! You take care of yourself . . . and your lil' man! I think Steak & Shake is probably okay - maybe have a salad at some point. I'd say it's alright every once in awhile - splurges are allowed!

    I take care of myself by not over committing my schedule. I'm just not a fun person if I'm tired so I just don't over book my schedule whenever possible.

  6. That's a handsome dude! I make sure I do 2 things for myself every day. Number 1 is always exercise and then the other thing can be nap, painting my nails, getting a new bra, whatevs.