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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What's Today? Wednesday?

As the week progresses, things at home with the kids have gotten easier.  Not easy.  Easier.  We've begun to establish a routine, and we have even been out and about for several "excursions."  Monday, we went to the play area at the mall; Tuesday, we went to the park; and today, we made the maiden voyage to my Mecca: Target.  Each little outing has had its own stresses (and simply getting them in and out of the car seems like a feat in and of itself), but I like being able to get out of the house at least once a day.  That's just me; I have a tough time being at home all the livelong day.

Also a part of our daily routine is a long morning walk.  Previously, I'd posted about the stroller dilemma, and the outcome of that was that we decided on just a regular double stroller.  We did a lot of thinking and looking in this contemplation, but in the end, it was really a cost issue more than anything else. After giftcards and coupons, the stroller we purchased only cost us $40.  Even used, the BOB dualie is often at least $400.  For now, I plan to hold onto my single BOB, and once I resume running, it looks as though I'll just be doing it without kids -- which, the more and more I think about it, I think that will actually be awesome.  Even if I have to run at 5 am.

So, anyway, I'm not running for now; thus, my primary daily exercise is still walking.  But now it's walking with the two kids and Scooter.  It feels a bit like a 3 ring circus, but we get it done, and right now, that's my definition of success.

Here's Norah, ready to ride up front.  She's loaded up with her usual snacks, drinks, and of course, Bo-Bo.
 And here's Caleb, riding behind his big sister.  And, we're not even out the door here, and he's snoozin.
So far, the double stroller has been working out well.  Granted, it's not as easy to manuever as the BOB, and Norah can partially MacGyver her way out of the harness, but overall, it seems worth the $40.  But, honestly, I can't wait to run.  By myself.  Without a dog pulling me, and a kid up front who's demanding more raisins.  I have my post-partum check up in 3 weeks; I think I'll be conservative and stick to the walking until then, but man, I've got the itch to lace up my running shoes!

As a last tidbit, here's a pic of Norah and Caleb during some floor time.  It's a rare moment when Caleb is awake -- look!  His eyes are open!


Nobel4Lit said...

I think you made a good choice! Pushing 2 kids in front of you while running sounds daunting. Yes, you'll have to run at weird times, but those runs will be of much more quality. I'm sure you're used to getting up early by now, right? ;)

MCM Mama said...

Glad to hear you are settling into a routine and getting out of the house occasionally. Getting out of the house was absolutely key to my sanity.

Sounds like things are going well! I'm always in awe of moms who do so well with kids close in age.

ajh said...

Great pictures! I always liked getting out of the house too. It's worth the effort.

diana said...

I'm glad you got the stroller thing worked out. I sold my road bike, which I hadn't ridden in 2 years, to fund the purchase of our jogging stroller. They sure are expensive!

It's good you are getting out. I started getting out the week after my son was born and it's nice to get out just for a little bit. Although I only have one; I don't know how you do it with 2 little ones!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it is a three ring circus, but you have two cute little clowns there. :)


Nikki said...

I have learned there is no perfect double stroller. I love mine, but am counting down the days to when I can switch to a double umbrella type stroller. Think of how awesome running without kids is going to feel! Trust me, it feels WONDERFUL after pushing a stroller!

Jamoosh said...

I always thought NOrah would be the backseat driver and not Caleb. Shows what I know!

Krissy said...

oh my goodness they are adorable on that floor mat together!
and BTW - you are serioulsy one ambitious mommy! I haven't ventured to the store with both kids in tow by myself yet! I know how Eli is, he wants to walk all the time, it would be tough for me! I am very impressed!!

Wes said...

too cute :-) Caleb is living the high life right now!

Robin said...

I think you were smart to get the regular double stroller and just hang onto your single BOB. I am not sure you'd find pushing two kids in a running stroller very satisfying and therefore not worth $400, especially if pushing the regular double stroller for walks is kind of a hassle.

Norah is cracking me up in that last picture and Caleb is still a cutie!

Aka Alice said...

I'm with you on the double stroller thingy...I think I had one that was a side-by-side. I thought, for some crazy reason, that it would be easier to have both of the kids next to each other...It was a behemoth crazy thing that was impossible to maneuver, especially through "mecca."

I think the getting out and running on your own plan sounds lovely!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Love Norah's "tatoo."

Good for you getting out of the house each day! Plus it give you a reason to not stay in jammies all day. I always feel better after I get cleaned up for the day.

I think you'd be better off putting the money toward a treadmill than a giant jogging stroller for two. just sayin'

N.D. said...

which double did you get? I think you made the right choice!

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Your kids are so cute!!!

Great idea- mama needs some alone time!!

Lily on the Road said...

Just catching up ~ WOW, you are one busy Momma!!

Caleb is just a sweetie and I particularly love the photo of Norah trying to eat his head!!

Congrat's Jess and Jerry!