Multiple Choice Monday

The post is the sampler platter of blog posts. Something for everyone, like a really good buffet or IHOP sampler breakfast. Except, delicious, because those things aren’t. Maybe this is a chef’s tasting menu, unless you’re drunk, because then IHOP IS delicious. For a minute at least, then you’re not hungry anymore. I used to waitress at a diner, and lots of drunk people came in after the bar/club and they used to order SO much food, eat one bite and then leave like many twenties of dollars worth of tips. Drunk people are awesome customers. Now I know why people bartend. Maybe I should close the circle of this metaphor and ask what you’d like to drink? I recommend:


Saturday I had no jogging stroller to push, it was under 95 degrees for the first time in a while here in NY, and I drank like a metric ton of iced tea. When I make iced tea, I make it like 400% more caffeinated than coffee and it goes down so easy. I think I had a blood caffeine level off the charts. So I started running and I realized I was under 8 minute mile pace and it felt EASY. It felt so good. Like it used to. The heat caught up with me a bit as the run went on, but I still managed to run my fastest outside 3.1 since having Henry. I almost broke 25 minutes for the first time (this year I mean) but narrowly missed and ran 25:17, which is still good for me right now. I think pushing through this heat wave and running outside in the death heat and with the stroller too has been a kind of additional training. My real 5K PR is 23:02. I used to go out and run 23,24 minutes pretty easily. It’s so strange to be battling to run 25 minutes. But this gives me some hope that maybe come fall, and some cooler weather, and the end of breastfeeding, I can get back there again.


I love thrift store shopping but I haven’t done it in a while. Henry’s pretty chill in the shopping cart these days, though, and I was in the mood to hunt so we made a Salvation Army run. Friends always ask me how I find stuff, or how to thrift shop, and the biggest piece of advice I have is to Be In The Mood for it. Don’t go if you’re not feeling like browsing and exhaustively perusing aisles. You have to look at every single thing to find stuff. Henry got grumpy before I managed to find too much for myself (I’m hunting for a maxi dress or maxi skirt I don’t have to hem at 5’4 and also maybe some J Crew type cropped skinny pants) but I got like half of an entire late summer into fall wardrobe for Anna.

All this, plus a shirt for me, cost $13.

I pretty much don’t buy any clothes for my kids. I have about ten boxes of hand-me-downs for Henry JUST SIZED 12-18 months (it’s insane) in my attic and Anna gets a lot of cute stuff from the girl my sister nannies for who’s a couple years/sizes bigger. I round out with specific things she needs and family loves to get her stuff. Probably because she looks so cute in everything. All her winter coats, boots, etc. have come as gifts from grandparents and relatives and then birthdays bring a lot, too. But it was fun to let Anna pick out anything she wanted (it all cost $1-$2 per item).

Fashion Conundrums

So I’ve always been unbestowed in the bosom, and all my clothing reflects this. I have tons of things that I can wear easily with medium-small boobs but this year with breastfeeding, I suddenly have, like, cleavage and apparently no knowledge of how to dress for this condition. Things that looked fine before now look too Too, if you know what I mean. One of my bathing suits is a Victoria’s Secret pushup contraption that makes me look ridiculous right now. I don’t want to buy boob-friendly clothing just for this brief period of time, and I hopefully only have a few more months with this Alternate Me Body B (for breasts I guess) but it’s just weird. Now I understand how the other half lives, and dresses.

Weight Lifting

I’ve been making some actual strength gains lately, so I’m toying with the idea of posting a full workout here. Exactly what I do, and in what order, what weights, etc. I don’t know if that’s interesting to anyone, though. I know I’d like to read blogs with a full explanation of someone’s strength training workout, and I don’t know if I know any bloggers who do this. Any recommendations? Anyone want to read what I do?

I’m also finding myself returning to the idea of getting certified as a personal trainer. I’ve wanted to do this for a while. I’m not sure what I’m waiting for, or when the right time will be, or if I should have a potential job lined up first before I start the process. I’m not sure how, but I know I want to do this somehow soon.


There are two things that “most babies” do, two pieces of received wisdom that just plain don’t apply to Henry (and didn’t to Anna when she was a baby).

The first is that more sleep=more sleep golden nugget of wisdom. I totally believe other moms who say this is the golden rule with their kids, and I think that’s why people are so divided in their views on Weissbluth’s sleep book. It either applies to your baby, or not. My kids are squarely in the Not. If they nap too much…they sleep worse at night and go down much later. When they’re good and tired, they sleep much better. Yesterday Henry napped two and half hours over the course of two car naps because we spent a lot of the day driving instead of the one to one and a half hours of total daytime sleep he usually gets. That meant he wouldn’t go to sleep until 11 at night! I have to police his day sleep but not to make sure he sleeps enough, rather make sure he sleeps enough but not TOO much.

Immersion in bodies of water is a critical component of the getting them tired strategy.

The other thing that seems contrary to the Popular Baby Way is the circadian schedule my kids were born with. They have never woken up early, like those 5, 6 a.m. early bird wakers everyone is always complaining about. Henry’s preferred timetable is to go to sleep between 9 and 10 p.m. and to be up for the day between 8 and 9 a.m. Usually Anna wakes him up before then because I can’t seem to keep her quiet enough (three year olds with their love of life!). She was similar as a baby, though maybe a tad earlier. She goes down now between 8:30 and 9 p.m. and up around 7:30 a.m.. She probably truly needs to go to bed more like 8 p.m. these days since she stopped sleeping in until 8 a.m. and she has some days where she’s overtired and naps. But our family tends to slide later…part of that is my husband getting home at 7 p.m. It gives the kids a kind of second wind of excitement and then we eat late, start bedtime late…Days that my husband works late or is away I find I have them both asleep by 8:30 p.m.

What do/did your babies do/did that seems contrary to the expected wisdom?

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One Response to Multiple Choice Monday

  1. lauren

    First, congrats on your dropping 5k time. I have been struggling and frustrated because I know my times aren’t where they were pre-pregnancy, but I do feel like I’m getting close. It’s amazing what no humidity and temps under 95 degrees can do for a workout! I vote yes to posting a full weights workout. I always love to see what other people are doing and get some ideas to change up my routine. Also, go for the personal training cert! I am certified through NASM because that is what most gyms around here were looking for. I have a degree in Kinesiology so the studying and test weren’t bad at all. With your fitness knowledge, you should have no problem.
    We have the same clothing issues- both in the length and umm cleavage. The cleavage issue should only be an issue for me for another 3-ish months. I can’t say I’ve hated it though! If you ever find a maxi dress or skirt for people our height, let me know. I’ve got 4 in my closet that are too long and haven’t been hemmed and I bought them last year.
    This entire week Nathan has been sleeping in until 9 or 9:30. I was beginning to think something was wrong with him, but he’s also been napping less and moving a whole lot more. Either way I love it because I am the world’s worst morning person so we both sleep late and have lazy mornings. It’ll be a total bummer once I go back to work in the fall!

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