Dumbbells and Diapers

Hello there! My name is Bethany. I am a mother. A certified personal trainer, a fitness fanatic, and Apple addict. I had my daughter in September of 2011 and was back to working out a month after having her. I understand working, being a full time mother, exercising every day, and eating healthy for both myself and my family. Click on the About Me page to learn more!
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Happy Wednesday readers! I hope your week is going great and I appreciate all of the comments on my posts and am happy to hear my reviews are helpful!

I am getting into the groove of the shift in my life so I will slowly but surely be coming back to update you!

Since we moved into a new apartment (my daughter keeps saying “I love my new home”) I decided to graduate my daughter into a “big girl bed”.  Yes, our crib converted to a toddler bed, but I found it easier to leave at my mother’s and get a new bed for my daughter.  Here was my tweet from the other day:

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It was a pain in the butt and I still need to make the safety rail tighter AND I love my country boy for helping me.  :)

My daughter has a tendency to nestle up against the corner which puts even more pressure on the rail. Sometimes she will use her pillow but she usually prefers without.  Anyone else have a little one that does this? :)  

Regardless, my daughter loves her new bed. I watch her play with the knobs on the headboard (that allow you to change the color of the backsplash) on my video monitor after I tuck her in for the night.  If you’re curious, we got the cute bed here.  I have not had any issues with her falling or climbing out and hopefully will not (crossing fingers).  Since she is still not potty trained, I can worry about her using her step stool to get in and out of the bed later.  Or, I may need to take off the box spring.

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The thing I love about the bed: I can lay in it and read stories to her.  We used to have to read them on the couch or in the chair.  Now, I can lay next to her!  I noticed that she has started putting her arm around my neck or playing with my hair (mimicking what I used to do) as I am reading to her.  Awww.  :)

This photo is before we had the bed set up completely:

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My advice to parents graduating to the ‘big bed’ is this:

  • If you want - incorporate your little one into the decision making process of the purchase.  I, however, did not.
  • Make it an exciting event.  ’Oh!  Look at your new big girl bed!  It’s so beautiful!  It is just like mommy’s’!
  • Get in it with them if you have to - but only to read.  I did not and do not plan to sleep with her in her bed because I do not want it to be a habit.  She never co-slept with me - ever - so I was not about to start now.
  • Get into a routine.  Ours is: bath, brush teeth, lotion, pajamas, pick 2-3 books, drink of water/almond milk, tucked in and lights out.
  • I have had a video monitor since my daughter was born, so I was able to watch her habits as she slept.  If you have the ability to do so, try it.  It is quite entertaining.  :)

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Since I am not training at the gym any longer (personal choice for my daughter and I), I am back to working out at home and at my clubhouse gym. I am still maintaining my personal training certifications and training - don’t worry! The nice thing about being a certified trainer is that I have all the knowledge for lifting using the tools available. However, I won’t lie, sometimes I miss the bumper plates, squat racks and heavy barbells.

Today was a back, hamstring, and glute day, I decided, as I was warming up. I woke up early and headed to use the gym since my pull-up bar does not fit on any door frame in my place. Whomp whomp.

Therefore, here is what I did this morning:
10 minute warm-up (a little over a mile run)

3x15:

  • Lateral pulldown
  • Prone leg curls

3x15:

  • Seated row
  • Cable squat (handles held above shoulders - I did leg day yesterday but I wanted to test this method out)

3x15:

  • Cable cross low (lats)
  • Glute kicks (using leg curl)

3x15:

  • One arm row
  • Hyperextension

3x15:

  • Glute bridge on bench
  • Cable cross high (rhomb)

Then, it was off to get my daughter ready for the day and get to work (in my room). :)

Until next time…

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And this is for my country boy.