Jamie and I made new year resolutions to work on our fitness goals. Now it’s April already and it’s been almost 8 months since Kai was born. We are finally clear of those early months of sleepless nights and it’s high time we got our bodies moving again. Not saying parenting isn’t already a full body work out, there’s definitely a lot of endurance, stamina and extra lower back muscles involved in this life. Mad love going out to all the parents out there, especially the single Moms and Dads. Wow you’re champions to us, it’s been challenging enough both being fully present. Massive love and respect to you.
Jamie’s doing great adjusting to Mom life. She’s fully committed to bonding with Kai, breast-feeding on demand and taking care of creations in the kitchen which she loves to do. Plus all the other things I witness there’s no list long enough. I’ve been equally as involved as I can with diaper duties, playtime and cuddles with Kai as well as night time walking and bouncing him. Also taking care of daily errands like cleaning, groceries and laundry. I’ve also been working online a lot, growing our brand and making sure the money keeps coming. So between us we help each other all the way and we’ve been mindful not to push ourselves too hard, too soon with either of our personal fitness goals. I guess that’s one sacrifice of parenting some would say?
While I have been pushing the rickshaw and getting some body weight conditioning going while wrangling the baby and transporting the family around town. I feel like I’ve never been so unfit in my adult life. That’s a big statement to me and not to blame or complain about any part of this parenting experience, I still love my life. Jamie too has been feeling the urge to get back into fitness, she wants to reclaim her body pride and feel happy about her appearance again. Even though I tell her everyday how gorgeous she is and that her beauty is nothing to do with how she looks, she radiates love. It’s just that it’s coming from me and she says that’s not the same. I’m really happy how she’s been allowing herself enough time to recover from the birth and of course Kai’s needs come first and foremost.
Parenting is our priority and I admit it’s been a surprise to me how much attention and energy it takes. Most of my dad friends still live in the system and I realize they have to go to work. One parent being away while the other stays home must be a totally different experience. I don’t even like going to the market for too long and I’ve attempted to go on a long runs before, I just end up thinking about Kai and Mom the whole way lol! So I’ve grown to respect the stay at home role as this process has unfolded in my life.
Ultimately happiness is about balance for us, if one is feeling the strain then we feel fortunate to be able to support each other. Kai is the constant and we love giving him all our attention. It just means if either of us want to get anything else done we have to tag team in and out. This means it takes us double the time to do even the simplest things like get out the house and attempt any fitness.
What a game and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Thanks for sharing the journey with us. Fellow parents mad love! Yet to be parents, I hope this gives some insight to the joys that lay ahead. Please comment, like and subscribe to our channel, we’d love to answer your questions and hear any ideas for future vlogs.