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Play dates July 11, 2012

Keenan having fun at the wading pool this morning (he was borrowing another little boy’s toys)!

This morning was all about water, which was nice for such a hot day (it is supposed to be 103 degrees today, yikes!). After Keenan and I finished our “usual” breakfast and I drank my latte, we headed to swim lessons (parent and child swim class) at our local YMCA this morning and then to a play date at Land Park’s wading pool with my MOMs group. It was a busy morning, but a lot of fun! By the time we got home for lunch, Keenan was tired and ready for a good nap.

Keenan LOVES the water, so he was excited for his swim lessons and he couldn’t wait to see his friend at the wading pool afterward. Play dates are such a necessity for us, because Keenan has an opportunity to play with other children while I am able to socialize with other moms (it’s a win-win!). As mommies, especially if you stay at home, you need to be able to talk with other moms, having adult conversation and just sharing your experiences, so you don’t feel alone. It is helpful to know that you are not the only one going through or dealing with something, i.e. napping, the terrible twos or potty-training.

Having the support network of other mommies who have children at or around the same age as Keenan has been very helpful to me, to say the least! I joined a new mom’s support group through the Mother’s Support Network in Sacramento when Keenan was 6 weeks old and it was probably one of the best things that I did! I met new friends and gained the support, advice and encouragement of other new mommies who were going through the same thing as me. Being that I was a brand new mom, it was SO beneficial for my health and well-being to meet other women who were in the same “trenches” so to speak. I continued going to the group every week (until I went back to work) and then a few of us started scheduling play dates on our own (which we still do today). When Keenan was 3 months old, I joined our local MOMs Club, made new friends and started attending more play dates and mommy events. Keenan is almost 2 years old and we are still a part of these groups (I’m now on the board of our MOMs Club), our friendships have grown and we have made new ones along the way. The play dates and events definitely keep us busy (sometimes I feel busier now than I was when I was working and caring for Keenan!).

If you are a mom-to-be or new mom, I encourage you to meet other mommy friends and develop a support network, because it can really make or break you at times, especially during the first year. I’ve met a couple of moms who stayed at home the first year and didn’t join any groups or meet other mommy friends, and both of them felt very isolated and unhappy. Both women felt the first year of their children’s lives were the hardest, because they didn’t have the support of other women. They wished they had gone out and met others who were dealing with the same issues.

Who do you look to for support, advice and encouragement as a new mom? Do you find that having a group of mommy friends who have children at or around the same age as yours to be helpful?

It’s time to head to CrossFit and then home for dinner, which is going to be a strawberry spinach salad with grilled chicken, walnuts and feta cheese, yum!

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Fun and Festivities July 6, 2012

I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July! We had a great celebration! Keenan certainly had fun, being silly with his cousin, helping Avo (Keenan’s nickname for my dad, which means Grandpa in Portuguese) make ice cream (and licking the spatula after the ice cream was finished) and playing with sparklers for the first time.

Here is a little re-cap of our day:

Wagon riding with Uncle E and taking pictures in 4th of July outfits:

The roller coaster “wagon” ride with Uncle E!

Swimming and trying out Keenan’s new Puddle Jumper! This is one of the best purchases we have made for Keenan, hands down! A mom in our swim class recommended it, and we (and Keenan) love it! It is Coast Guard certified, which is a bonus, but the best part is it keeps your child upright (instead of on their backs, like traditional infant life jackets), so they can learn to kick and paddle while floating. The Puddle Jumper has two arm holes (like floaties) connected to a belt that goes around the child’s belly. I was able to swim with Keenan in the deep-end and not feel nervous, because the Puddle Jumper is very safe and secure. The weight/size requirement is for kids 30-50 pounds, but Keenan is 26 pounds and it fit perfectly. If you are looking for something to help your child learn how to swim this summer, I highly recommend it! Also, it is very inexpensive, only costing between $15.00-$20.00! I bought the most basic one from Amazon for $20.00 (including shipping).

Swimming!

Ice cream making with Avo: Keenan helped put ice and water in the bucket, but he was so fascinated with watching Avo crank the handle. After the ice cream was finished, he and his cousin were the first ones to taste it!

Dinner and Dessert:

Keenan devouring his ice cream cone!

Sparkler time: Keenan wasn’t as excited as I thought he would be. His favorite part was putting the finished sparklers in the water bucket!

Sparkler time!

Today, after getting back into town, we slowly got back on track with eating healthy again (cutting back on portions, rich food and dessert) and went back to the gym, CrossFit. Even though we had lots of fun the past two days, it felt good to have a more “normal” day. My body needed it! I ate too many¬† peanut butter cookies and ice cream yesterday!

Tomorrow, I will be heading to CrossFit in the morning and then Keenan and I will head back to my parents’ house one last time, to spend the weekend with them and my niece, since my husband will be out of town and my brother and sister-in-law will be out of town, too. Keenan will enjoy having the additional time to play with his cousin (he cried when we had to leave this morning!). It should be fun!

What did you do for the 4th?

 

 
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