It Takes A Village

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I am scheduled to return to the office tomorrow. As this realization washed over me yesterday, I became extremely sad. To boost my spirits I took Watson for a long walk, hoping that the adrenaline would keep the sadness from getting any worse.

The walk in itself didn’t accomplish the task. However, on our way home I saw a woman, hands full, who was clearly in conflict as she left her car. I called out to her and asked if she would like some help. She gave me a puzzled look and then accepted. I held a package for her as she retrieved her child from the back seat. She thanked me as she, again with her hands full, made her way to the house across the street.

Not only did this good deed make me feel better, but it reminded me of the African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Although I may be returning to the office full-time, I have a wonderful support system of family, friends, and colleagues who can help me navigate the day-to-day struggles of a career mom. I realize that asking for help on this journey isn’t so bad after all and am prepared to face tomorrow head on with an optimistic attitude. (However, I TOTALLY wouldn’t mind if this big storm comes through tonight and the university closes 😉 )


The Return

This morning as I fed JG, I took a moment and looked at her. The past six weeks are a blur, and I am scheduled to return to work soon.

I wanted to cry. While I’m eager to return, I love our slow mornings. Our mid-day naps. Lunches with friends. And let me tell you, there is truly nothing better than baby cuddles. Her squeaks and eeks as she shifts in my arms or on my chest are precious.

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I feel like I’m just getting a hand on things. I was cleared for moderate exercise two weeks ago and have been making use of our new elliptical as often as I can. This past week, we started being able to discern an ‘I’m hungry’ cry from an ‘I’m uncomfortable’ cry. We’re trying to get her on a sleep schedule. There’s still so much I want to do before I’m gone most of the day. Granted, Mommy Janks will be here for a few weeks once I return before JG goes to daycare. I know I’m leaving her in good hands, but I’m still leaving.

Words of encouragement, strength, and wisdom are appreciated and encouraged.

Exciting News

I hinted in yesterday’s post that the JA and I shared some exciting news with his extended family over the weekend. Since I know I’m extremely impatient and hate cliffhangers, I’ll get right to the chase.

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That’s right, I’m pregnant! We’ve got a baby on the way, and our little one is due in early December!

Thank you for your patience with me during this time – I know I’ve been a bit MIA. However, if you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I’m not very good at keeping secrets (and that this is a pretty big one). I have no plans to turn this into a pregnancy blog. However, since it is a healthy living/personal blog, it will follow our new adventure fairly closely. I hope that you’ll continue to follow along and help me as I begin to navigate the waters of parenthood.


Proceed With Caution

I’m taking a bit of a detour today from my normal Workout Wednesday post. Don’t worry, it will be back next week! Until then, check out all my workouts by clicking here.

With a two-hour delay yesterday morning due to snow, the JA and I were in the unlucky group of people who got up bright and early. We took the morning slow, adding in lots of puppy cuddles before driving Watson to the vet for his first heart worm shot.

W in car pre-shot

I think I now have a small understanding of what it might be like to drop one’s child off at kindergarten that first day. We were nervous, but put on a strong face as we handed him off to the veterinary technician. Watson’s heart worm is in the very early stages, and we are confident that he’ll beat it. However, there’s that small chance that things could go wrong. Not to mention that he was day boarding at the hospital so our vet could keep an eye on him, and we all know how well he does in crates.

I’m happy to report that the patient did well. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – our vet is AMAZING. She called a few hours after W got the shot to give me an update and then again later in the evening when she thought he was ready to come home.  Her husband is also a personal friend to my husband, so the JA was lucky enough to receive a few photos throughout the day.

W in crate at vet

I had a late meeting last night preceded by a 4-mile run on the treadmill, so I relied on the JA to give me a full ‘at-home’ update. Apparently, there was a lot of discomfort in the first few hours until W settled down. I came in and was pleased to see that he was waiting at the gate to ‘his room,’ wagging his tail and happy to see me.  Soon after, though, he limped back to a pile of blankets, set his head down, and slept.

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He had a first good night, but we’ve got a long road ahead of us – two more shots like this in a month and a sedentary lifestyle until he’s officially cleared in November. The lack of walks are going to be difficult for him and for us. We both enjoy exercising with him and giving ourselves some fresh air and time to think. I’ve joined the Fitfluential 100-mile challenge for March to keep my activity level high.


Unlike the Tone It Up Love Your Body challenge I did last month, all these miles have to be walked, ran, or hiked – my group fitness classes don’t count. (Although, reading a post of the Facebook wall says elliptical miles can count toward the goal, helping me out a little bit.) I’m not going to be disappointed if I don’t reach  my goal, I’m still getting deeper into half-marathon training and would rather spend the rest of winter inside with this guy anyway.

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Here’s a shout out to all the people parents out there. I had trouble letting my pup into the vet. I don’t know how you all cope with letting your kids out into the world. Great job and keep up the good work!

Try It Tuesday: Parenthood

Before you start thinking that I’m with child, this post is not about pregnancy. There’s plenty of time for that in my life and right now is not that time.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, today’s Try It Tuesday is focused on the NBC show Parenthood.

Parenthood follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.

There’s Sarah (Lauren Graham), who is a struggling single mother of two teenagers, the bright but rebellious Amber (Mae Whitman), and sullen and sensitive Drew (Miles Heizer). Due to her financial situation, Sarah and her kids live with her parents – her headstrong and stubborn dad, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), and emotionally supportive mother Camille (Bonnie Bedelia).

Sarah’s sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen) is a type A to a tee, successful corporate attorney who is trying to juggle a heavy caseload and motherhood. Helping her is her stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger).

Then there’s the commitment-phobe – Crosby (Dax Shepard). He’s one of the youngest Bravermans and is trying to amend his bachelor ways to help raise a five-year-old son he had out of wedlock with Jasmine (Joy Bryant).

However, it’s Adam (Peter Krause..swoon!), the oldest Braverman sibling, who tries to serve as the glue for all the other siblings while struggling with his own expectations about what constitutes a “normal” family. He, along with wife Kristina (Monica Potter), and teenage daughter Haddie (Sarah Ramos), struggle to cope with the diagnosis of their son and Haddie’s little brother Max (Max Burkholder), with Asperger’s Syndrome.

As mentioned before, my brother had been diagnosed with Aspeger’s, so that part of the show specifically hits home for me. Despite that fact, with a team of executive producers that includes Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Jason Katims and David Nevins, it’s surprising that this show has not caught the attention of a mainstream audience.

The show has struggled to remain in the NBC lineup and was last positioned in the 10 -11 p.m. spot (at least here on the East Coast.) I know that’s late for me, but the show portrays the brutally honest way that any family functions – from times of extreme closeness to fights, envy and support. The characters develop well and the show sucks me in every time I watch; sometimes leaving me with a very rough Wednesday morning.

Yet, it’s totally worth the fatigue. Parenthood is a diamond in the rough and deserves your time.  Take a few minutes out of your day and go watch an episode if you can.