Deep stretching with the baby yogi

by Kim on February 22, 2013

First of all, thank you for your comments on yesterday’s post! I was totally schooled got some great tips on how to run on the cheap!

I do want to clarify two quick things about that post:

–I was not suggesting that every runner needs to buy top brands. I certainly don’t! Target and I are just as close as ever (and Old Navy has been making quite an impression on me lately, too). I don’t own a single thing from lululemon (despite how often I reference it). I just posted pictures of really nice stuff because, well, it looks nice.

–I guess I never actually said it, but I was talking about running as a sport/hobby, rather than running for fun/exercise. You can probably get by without a Garmin or a fuel belt on a quick jog around the neighborhood. (I mean, barely…)

merunGeneric running picture

In addition to buying off-brands, there are plenty of other great ways you guys have found to save dough, like buying last year’s shoe models, finding running clothes at TJ Maxx, and keeping an eye out for race entries on Groupon. I still plan to do a follow-up post with all these ideas soon, so stayed tuned!

Moving on…

I finally did it: I took Mason to the drop-off daycare center at the gym yesterday.

I know. Who cares?

I feel like I’m the only mom on the planet who struggles with this, and there probably won’t be a single person who can relate to this post. But for me, this was an accomplishment.

At first, when Mason was really young, I’d think, “He’s just so little! I can easily go to the gym when Brent’s home.”

Then, we had a couple rocky experiences trying to leave him in the church nursery (he’d cry when we left, and be in a total panic by the time we picked him up), and I was less interested in the whole drop-off thing. I knew I should expose him to other kids and new places, but it was just so stressful on all of us that it was hard to justify going out of our way to do it.

Then, I got into home workouts and videos for awhile, and the gym lost its sparkle. (I also found out that our gym’s childcare wasn’t free.)

But yesterday, I finally sucked it up and went for it.

Mase Post-gym—from what I can tell, not too irreparably traumatized.

I’d like to say it was a breeze and I should have done it months ago. But truthfully, it was about as hard as I anticipated. There were some tears (not mine, at least), and I did end up going in to calm him down at one point after I’d poked my head in to check on him. Watching your kid cry because he’s randomly been abandoned in a strange place is just a horrible, horrible feeling.

On a positive note: all that nervous energy made for a great workout! I couldn’t wait to blast through it and be done!

When we got home, I went into Guilty Mom mode and immediately let him watch Mickey Mouse with a sippy cup of (watered down) juice. Which ended up leading to the following—something I’ll just call “my sense of humor gets extra weird on Fridays.”

Bear with me.

Baby Yogi

Step 1: Find your focal point. Really zero in on it. (It’s ok if you drool a little.)


Step 2: Begin the stretch. If it feels good, insert your finger into your mouth.


Step 3: Breathe as you continue to ease into the stretch. Do not take your eyes off the focal point (ideally, an episode of Mickey, but a spot on the floor works for some).

yoga 2

Step 4: Stretch as far as you can, then stretch a little farther. This might look and feel a little weird, but that just means you’re doing it right. And whatever you do, DO NOT LOOK AWAY from your spot.


And there you have it. 4 steps to a nice, deep stretch. So easy a baby can do it.

(I just had to share that because it was pretty hilarious…he just slowly sank to the floor like this, eyes locked the whole time. Strange kid.)

Happy Friday!


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emma April 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Just found your blog- loving it!
I had a hard time taking my little girl to the gym nursery too. Thankfully she’s still little so she never realized I was gone- she was just there talking to her friends. Baby yoga is the BEST, my kid grabs her toes like I’ve never been able to do. And I teach yoga…yikes ;)


Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome February 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I had a hard time leaving my nugget at the gym for the first time. There were many times he cried and it was so hard to do but now he loves going and it’s good for him to socialize. I worked in a preschool for years while getting my degree and just always remember how kids would cry when their parents left, then were fine a few minutes later. Somewhat comforts me when I see the alligator tears streaming down his face. Love the stretching!
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Kim February 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

You’re right that the socialization is good for them. I’m sure it’ll get better as we keep going. It was just hard when I went to check on him and he was bawling!


Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome February 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

It definitely took Ayden a few times before he was really okay the whole time. Yes, so hard and so sad! It will get better :-)
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Tamara February 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Hahaha this had me laughing!


PickyRunner February 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hahaha no better person to learn a stretch from than your little guy!
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Debbie @ Healthy Running Mom February 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

Kim- It’s so funny that I’m still talking today about affording all the races that I want to do this spring/summer/fall.
I am waiting for an answer!
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Kim February 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

Haha I know, I hope I can find one for you! In the meantime, have you seen this post?

I’ll tweet you too in case you don’t see this response…


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