Toddler Tuesdays

Guess what? I have a workout routine that I’ve been sticking with for three (count ’em, 3!) whole weeks now! I say this with some grains of salt, because anyone who’s read this blog knows these sorts of things don’t stick with me. But. I was reflecting on it while running today and it felt worthy of a blog post, so here I am.

Quick background: as I’ve mentioned at some point on this space before, I work part-time and am home part-time with the Bairn. I’ve managed this set-up since returning from maternity leave, and it’s been a pretty great compromise. I know I don’t want to work full-time, at least now while the Bairn is wee (props to full-time working moms out there!), but I also don’t know if I have it in me to be a full-time stay-at-home mom either (equal props to SAHMs!) All moms rock (dads too), and I’m a firm believer that we all need to do what works best for us and our families. Right now, my part-time situation is doing the trick, though it’s not without its challenges. But that’s not for now.

What is for now? Tuesdays. Reader, since the Bairn became a toddler, I’ve struggled with Tuesdays. Tuesday is the cusp day, the last day we’re home together before he goes back to daycare. Tuesday is the day my well of patience seems to run dry, and the day the Bairn tends to get a little stir-crazy. Not the best combination.

Tuesdays aren’t all bad. My Bairn has a talent for making me laugh, which helps!

Scheduling Tuesday playdates helps sometimes. Going to Tuesday storytimes helps sometimes. But not always, and neither of those helps my lack of patience and/or quiets the nasty voice in my head that calls me an awful mom for having a lack of patience. When the weather was nice pre-winter, long stroller walks would help sometimes. When I’m having a tough day when Drew’s around, sometimes I’ll escape for a run and that will help too. But I’m embarrassed to say it took multiple people suggesting that I try to work exercise into my Tuesdays before I finally realized it might help the Toddler Tuesday blues.

I mentioned in my 2018 recap that I had met my goal of bringing the Bairn to the gym with me… albeit it was a measly twice all year. Well, I had enough success those two times that I figured I’d make the gym my Toddler Tuesday destination.

For the past 3 weeks, the Bairn has hung out in the childcare center at the gym, up to his giddy eyeballs in toy trucks while I’ve hit the Expresso bikes and treadmills. Since I haven’t been great with the whole working out thing, I’ve started slow – first 1 mile on the bike and 1 mile on the treadmill, and today was 2.5 miles on the bike and 1.5 on the ‘mill.

Expresso Bike selfie from a few sessions ago

And you know what? It’s been feeling pretty good! It gets me off my butt, gets me out of the house, gives me a big ol’ endorphin kick, and makes me feel like I’m making a bit of progress in both my goal of establishing a mileage base and in my training for upcoming races (more on these later). It also gives me about an hour of Bairn-free time to clear my head. All of that together has been making our Tuesdays less tantrumy, for both of us! I just can’t believe it took me this long to figure out a solution.

I’m hoping that, when it starts to warm up a bit more and the sidewalks are more clear, I can add some stroller runs to our Toddler Tuesday workout fandangos. I also am hoping that I can be inspired by this workout success and maybe, you know, make it more than one day a week that I move my body around a bit. But it’s a start!

Now, what did I say about races? Ah yes. So in addition to running and exercising for my mental health / toddler help, I also find myself signed up for a few races that I want to be in relative shape for. A few coworkers and I will be running a 5K together in May, and one of those coworkers also roped me into signing up for a half with her in September. Plus, on a whim, I threw my name into the lottery for one of my bucket list races and actually got in. So there’s that. More on that another time!

Fingers crossed I can keep this routine going for a while…

What helps you stick to a workout routine?

4 thoughts on “Toddler Tuesdays

  1. Yaaay, Dana! So glad you’re finding a bit of a routine. I also have found that exercise helps with the “I have zero patience and feel like a terrible mom” thing, and am lucky enough to a) have a treadmill in my basement, and b) have a fellow SAHM who comes over a couple of times a week and we tag team workouts and child care. I’m quite ready for spring to come so Baby V and I can get outside and break in our jogging stroller as well.

    • Ah, I’m so jealous of both your treadmill and your workout tag-teaming (what a brilliant idea that is!!)! And for real, spring can’t come soon enough.

  2. I totally get this. I feel this way on Sunday’s in our house, especially when my husband is away for work. Like Rae, my treadmill keeps my sanity when I have both kids at home. I am struggling with considering going back to work and finding balance since I am with the kids when my husband is out of town. I don’t know how full-time working parents do it and I also don’t know how SAHM parents do it either. It is a very tricky balance!

    • It is a very tricky balance indeed! Especially with a partner who’s out of town regularly, that’s a lot on you. I would love to have a treadmill in our house, that would save my sanity so much! Maybe someday 🙂

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