Friday phone date

by Kim on August 2, 2013



Myth: The joy of Friday doesn’t apply to stay-at-home moms. So, so false.

With the anticipation of a weekend comes the anticipation of:

–Having an adult to talk to in your normal tone of voice (as opposed to your much-higher-than-necessary baby register). This weekend, Brent’s parents are visiting, so I’ll even have 3 ADULTS to talk to.

–The possibility of doing something during the day SANS KID. Going to the grocery store, getting the mail, weeding the yard, using the bathroom. I’ll take anything.

–Not having to respond immediately to your child’s every need. (When both parents are home, you can try crossing your fingers and ignoring it for awhile to see if the other one will react first.)

–Low pressure to get anything productive done. Weekends are family time. They’re holy.

I had a really interesting topic I was going to unload on you today, but as a former desk job employee, I still respect the unspoken societal agreement that we all avoid doing anything important on Fridays.

It’s also been awhile since we had a proper Friday phone date.

Friday Phone Date

If we were having a phone date, I’d tell you about how…

…God loves to remind me that I can’t control everything. I should have known that the week I planned this lofty sleep goal would be the week I actually went to bed later than ever. Last night, I was (finally) right on track to get to bed early, but was sabotaged by the fact that Mason kept waking up crying every hour, out of the clear blue. Not sick, not hot/cold, not hungry, not thirsty, just…sad? Who knows.

Anyway, God, point taken.

…My eating habits have been a mess lately. Not in the scarfing-tons-of-junk-all-day way, but in the forgetting to eat breakfast, eating lunch way too late, snacking too much and then not having an appetite for dinner, and generally not paying enough attention to how I’m fueling myself way.

It’s annoying, because I know better, and also because it’s showing up on the scale. (I can only tell myself those couple extra pounds are water weight for so long, ya know?) Whenever I don’t eat enough food or don’t eat regularly enough, my body responds by immediately hitting the red alert button and shutting down all energy-burning processes. Result: weight gain.

Duh, me…you know this!

…Mason has dog-like senses when it comes to detecting his proximity to parks. It’s seriously unnerving. Sometimes I don’t feel like stopping at any of the 57 parks along our walk route (or I at least try to put it off until the end), so I plan these elaborate detours and hope he won’t notice.

But he always knows.

This morning, the park was honestly not even in sight yet when I attempted a sneaky right turn to go around it, and I got The Panic Face:


He can also sense when I’m about to attempt to give him medicine. The second my hand grazes a bottle of Benadryl, his lips lock up, and there’s no prying those puppies open. (He’s even figured out how to cry in protest with his mouth still closed.)

…My one-month yoga studio trial is almost up and I’m already devastated about it. The barre and yoga fit classes seriously changed my whole outlook on fitness. I guess that’s what people mean when they say you have to find something you truly love? Again: duh, me.

barreampedBut why does the thing I love have to also be the most expensive thing??
Story of my life.

…I’ve been fuming a little bit about something I saw on Instagram this morning. A friend posted a picture of herself in a bikini, looking amazingly toned and gorgeous at 30 WEEKS preggo, and someone had to comment, “You’re so tiny. B*tch!” followed by some jk/lol cover-ups.

I’m just sick of that junk. I understand being jealous, sure, but does that mean you get permission to make the other person feel bad about how she looks? Just tell her she looks great and go on your merry way. (And you’re not fooling anyone with the “just kidding!” business.)

…I’m considering getting a job. Scratch that: I’m actively pursuing jobs. I plan on writing a whole post eventually about why I’ve decided to retire from the stay-at-home-momhood (at least for now), but I can’t deny that this is one of the reasons: the idea of entertaining a busy toddler with a mega-short attention span through an entire Midwest winter is…well, what’s the word for scary x 1000?

Let’s just say I remember these long days all too well…


Your turn: what’s something you’d tell me on our phone date?

Have a great weekend, friends!


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Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness August 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Awww poor Mason. you know, right around this time was when Andy started having nightmares. I wonder if that’s why he was waking you up? I also wonder what they have nightmares about. One thing that helped is I would take one of his stuffed animals and sleep with it myself so it would get my scent on it. It was a good comfort that way. Just an idea!

I hear you on the weird baby/toddler park-radar!!! We have the same thing and it drives me crazy, especially when I’m out running with the stroller! Thank goodness for earbuds!!! That sounds awful but you know, sometimes we have to do what we have to do for the sake of our own sanity.

I seriously hate when people make comments like that on fitness pictures, or say things like “too much” or “too thin” or “that’s gross” etc. Why is it okay to say those things to someone who is fit? God forbid should anyone say that to an overweight person but to a fit person, that’s okay? Ugh. People are people and we all have a body image, no matter what body fat% we have. I sometimes feel like I want to tattoo that message on my forehead.
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Lindsay August 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Love this post! Sounds like we may be living in the same house :)
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Katie @ running4cupcakes August 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Oh my goodness I love Mason’s panic face – priceless! I would tell you about how Luke is getting so big and transitioning to the toddler room at daycare next week! And how we are having pizza for dinner tonight because after a long week (the weeks after vacation are always the longest), I can’t even think about cooking. And that I went on a super nice 5 mile run this morning that wasn’t horribly hot or humid –> which is a change from recently, as you know in MN/WI… Great talking with you. ;)
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Kim August 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Yes, the change in weather has been nice (as much as I hate to EVER admit wanting it to be colder! haha). I just bought a couple frozen pizzas the other day to have on hand in case of emergency–you never know when those anti-cooking moments are going to strike, and you’re right, definitely more common post-vacay!! Hope you guys are recovering well otherwise. :)

Did I tell you how much I LOVE the name Luke?? I would have considered it myself except that it’s kind of hard to say with our last name (Krueger). Same problem with Jacob (Jake) which was always my go-to boy’s name when I was daydreaming about my future family growing up.

Nice talking with you too Katie! :)


Kim August 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Good luck on the job search!!
I so remember those days and how long they sometimes were – especially in the winter.
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Karey @ Nutty About Health August 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I have the same issue with my fitness possibilities… all of the most interesting things are way too expensive. Boo. I keep wondering why I can’t just be a runner & run outside for free… although, winter in the Midwest doesn’t exactly accommodate that either. ;)

Don’t blame you on being freaked to stay home all winter with a toddler… think I’d go a little nuts. I go nuts as it is going to school online & being stuck inside. winters are rough!
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Logan August 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I completely understand loving something and not being able to afford it, or justify paying for it. That’s how I feel about crossfit!! And if I didn’t teach spin classes at the same gym that offers barre and hot yoga, I wouldn’t be able to afford that either. Being an instructor there has its perks. Good luck with the job search!!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Yes to the “Friday myth”!! LOVE weekends. Freeeedom. Kind of. ;)

I’m looking forward to hearing all about your possible job change! I think I would probably die if I lived in the midwest during the winter, or at all for that matter. Add entertaining a toddler in there, and yeah…I totally get it.
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