Because Alex still won’t take a bottle I’ve temporarily retired from running. I’ve gone running twice since she’s been born and it’s just too hard right now to be gone and know that when I get back I’ll be greeted by a mad, hungry baby. Even if I have just fed her she seems to know when I walk out the door and gets hungry (I also think she can sense whenever I’m in the shower or about to eat a meal).
Despite not running I’ve gotten a total body workout the last 10 weeks. Here’s how…
During weeks 1-8 when I was desperate to get Alex to sleep, or just to not cry, I would walk up and down the hallway for the majority of the night doing the walk, shush, bounce combo. She liked it, it calmed the cries, and was great for my legs and arms.
I’ve had this exercise ball since 2010, but it has been used more in the last three weeks than in the last three years. We discovered the magic of the ball a little late in the game. We can hold Alex upright and bounce on the ball and it can knock her out. In fact, I call the ball the “death blow” because it puts her into a dead sleep. I’ve spent hours bouncing on it. She’s gotten wise to the ball though. In the last week it’s lost some of its magic. When it works it’s a great core workout.
While Alex HATES riding in the car and not for a minute will a car ride put her to sleep, she LOVES swinging in her carrier. I discovered this around week two when I had to take her to an appointment and she was in a complete meltdown. The key to the carrier is making sure she is fully strapped in and then I swing her with a range of motion that is pretty close to 180 degrees. If she’s the slightest bit drowsy this will knock her out. It will also stop her screams during an unexplained meltdown. This is our most effective technique but it also has the biggest drawbacks.
1) If you stop she will generally wake up or start screaming again, sometimes instantly.
2) I frequently bang the carrier into my shins and knees and have the bruises to prove it.
3) It is exhausting. The arm and back workout is ridiculous, you can work up a good lather in just a few minutes, exceeding 10 minutes is virtually impossible.
I have to take credit for Alex’s love of motion. I ran until I was almost six months pregnant and walked on a treadmill everyday until the day before she was born. They say that running/walking has a swinging feel to a baby inside you.
Oh well, it’s a great workout. Who needs to go for a run when you have a ten week old?