Author: Michelle Noehren

Working Out Post Baby Can be Brutual

I’m 3 months postpartum and have been getting myself back into some kind of work-out routine. I’m a runner at heart, it’s my true work-out passion. I had a bit of a rough pregnancy which meant that I had to stop running about two months in, so when I went out for my first post-pregnancy run I literally had not run in almost a year! I waited till I was 6-7 weeks postpartum and then put on my running shoes and started doing some run/walks. It was painful and honestly not pretty. My legs felt so heavy, I think I was running 15 minute miles at first! Add to that the fact that I was also pushing the jogging stroller and it was pretty brutal. Now that it’s been several weeks since I started running more regularly, running has starting to come a bit easier. I’m still very slow but I’m faster than I was and I’m up to running 30 minutes with no walk breaks. It’s easy for me to be hard on myself and feel badly about how slow my runs are but I keep reminding myself that my body is pretty darn cool, and strong, considering that it has now carried a baby to full-term and gone through the birthing process. Plus, running gives me much-needed stress relief as a working mom juggling taking care of...

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Quotes

“Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” – Phyllis Diller

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Let’s Be Real: I Love Being a Working Mom

Check out this post I did for WorkingMother.com. It created quite a controversy on Momsrising.org’s facebook wall this week. Taking care of my new baby girl Lillian for 10 weeks was a great experience, but it only reinforced my desire to go back to my career. I missed adult interaction and using my skills and talents. While I love my daughter more than anything in the world, I also missed the life I had before she was born. I craved normalcy. I wasn’t sure how I would react going back to work. The night before dropping her off at daycare I barely slept. I had so many conflicting thoughts. Part of me felt bad about going back to my job. I would think about the fact that someone else would get to see her smiles and coos all day and that I’d likely miss many of her milestones. On the other hand, I’d think about all the cool things I do at my job and how much I looked forward to getting back to them. I didn’t know if I would cry every morning that first week back or if I would be OK. I’ve been quite surprised by my reaction. What hasn’t surprised me is that I miss her all the time and when I’m driving to pick her up I feel like a kid waiting to open...

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Love my BOB stroller!

It’s a bit pricey but I must be honest, I LOVE my BOB running stroller. We use it not only as a running stroller but as our every day stroller. It rolls really smoothly and has shock absorption which is great when the little babe is sleeping soundly and we hit a rocky patch on the sidewalk. I’m pretty sure any of their stroller models will rock your world. We have the BOB Revolution model. Check it out here:...

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Quotes

“We always joke in our household that the girls have two mommies, that we’re a family, but a different kind of family.  But seriously, I couldn’t be me without [our nanny].  And by the way, she rules with an iron fist.” Katie...

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