Even though this blog is very young I have said it numerous times already that I am getting fit for my boys. But it doesn’t do them any good for me to be fit and active if they spend their existence sitting around.
I’ll admit it. C watches much more tv than I would like. Before I went out on maternity leave he was at a sitter during the day. She would have the tv on pretty much the whole day. And yes, he would play with toys and not just veg out, but he watched A LOT of tv. And at night, my husband likes to decompress by watching tv. So there were many days that C would have the tv on every single waking moment.
I had grand plans for my maternity leave. No tv during the day. Lots of playing outside and being active. I seem to have forgotten just how much work a newborn is. Not to mention the fact that I breastfeed so how much of my day is related to sitting there with a nursling attached to me. So needless to say we’re still watching quite a bit of tv. I am trying to make sure that the tv I have on is educational and I have noticed C’s language just exploading before my eyes. And I will turn it off quite a bit and he will play independently with his toys.
One area I have wanted him to get involved in is our daily dog walk. Typically I would push a stroller with both boys and have the lease in one hand. I am not able to hold a leash in one hand, C’s hand in the other, AND push B in a stroller. Today, though, I decided to let go of my expectations of a great cardio workout, strapped B to my body in my Ergo baby carrier, had the leash in one hand, and C’s hand in the other. Our pace was pretty slow for me (just right for a 2 1/2 year old though). If you follow all the cul-de-sacs in our subivision you can make a loop at 1 1/4 miles. I didn’t think C would make it the whole way so we made a few short cuts and ultimately did about half of it. So no, it wasn’t anything I’d count as exercise for me, but it was still a success. I got both boys out in some Vitamin D rich sun (I’m deficient so this is good), C had some good cardio exercise, and we spent less time on our butts in front of the tv. It’s also good to know that I don’t need to strap C into a stroller and not allow him to exercise at all. He can participate with me now. And hopefully once B gets older and is able, he can join us as well.