The parenting marathon and living room barre workouts

by Kim on December 23, 2014

Whew. The last four days have been tough.

Last Friday, Mason started getting sick, and over the weekend, it progressed into pneumonia. He was sicker than I’ve ever seen him. Completely listless, zero appetite, and—here’s the worst part—zero interest in sleeping. The nights have been almost as long as the days.

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When he wasn’t zoned out in front of the TV (we really got our money’s worth for our Cars movie rental), he was crying or throwing tantrums. I tried to be sympathetic—I knew he was miserable—but, man, it was exhausting. Especially when we also had to battle him to take medications and use his inhaler every few hours all day and night.

With all that and a three-month-old, it’s been a parenting marathon. I honestly haven’t done a thing but take care of kids since last week. I only left the house once all weekend (for meds and pizza), barely touched the internet (which is like saying “I barely breathed”), and, unlike everyone I know, I haven’t wrapped a single present, baked, or even thought about our Christmas day meal.

Actually, that’s not completely true: I did wrap one present. We felt so bad for Mason that we decided to give him an early Christmas present on Saturday (a Mater tow truck from the Cars movie—he seriously hasn’t put it down since, and even sleeps with it gripped it one hand!). It felt weird to just hand it to him, so I ran upstairs and wrapped it, just to have him unwrap it seconds later. Haha.

I have been working out, sort of…in the living room in the evenings, while watching and rewatching my precious DVR’d version of The Holiday (<3 <3). A few weeks ago, I got the Physique 57 book from the library, which has two hour-long barre workouts in it, and I’ve been having fun experimenting with those.

They would probably be really challenging, too, if I didn’t have to stop and look up explanations from earlier in the book about how to do every single move. (Which is why workout videos are nice…but I’ve found that it’s way harder to watch The Holiday while doing a workout video…)

Have you tried Physique 57? (Here are some free videos if you want to check it out.) Their website promises visible results after eight classes. Eight. Now that’s confidence. Plus, one of their focuses is on “lifting the seat,” which is an area I’ve suddenly realized I could use some help in…

Here’s one way they do it:


Don’t worry, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Bonus for moms: we happen to already have barres of the perfect height in our homes. CRIBS! Haha. (Assuming you’re not trying to work out while your kid is sleeping…hmmm…)

Well, it sounds like the magical (tiny) window where both kids are sleeping at the same time is over, so it’s back to the races for me!

And with that, I’m going to officially sign off for the holidays. I’ll be back in January—hopefully on a much healthier note (in more ways than one? haha).

From my family to yours…

Merry Christmas. :)

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Jen@jpabstfitness December 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

My 8 month old is currently battling a cold and teething…I’m DYING! No sleep, no naps and SOOOO cranky!


Kim December 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Oh, poor Mason – hope he is much better and was able to enjoy Christmas!!!
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Lizzie @ The Magic Tree December 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. Very impressive that you’re still getting in evening workouts. Super mom! Merry Christmas to you guys <3
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Marielle December 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

Oh I love Physique 57!! I’ve done their prenatal online workout, but plan on trying all of them once I’m no longer pregnant! I hope your cute little fam feels better soon and you can enjoy the holidays!
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Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West December 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

Hi Kim! Oh man, sounds like a rough time. I hope you guys are all better soon so you can enjoy the holiday and time together. Merry Christmas Eve to you!
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Giselle December 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Hope he’s better soon! That does not sound like a very fun experience. Sorry! Wishing you and your adorable family a very Merry Christmas!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I hope everyone is feeling better on Christmas! XOXOXO No fun!
Happy Holidays my friend! XOXOXO
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