We took Emmet swimming at Barton Springs every Sunday this summer and spent countless hours splashing in his little pool in the backyard. We went to a weekly meetup at another Austin swimming hole and there was also our jaunt to Krause Springs. The kid L.O.V.E.S the water. We had more than one parent tell us it looked like he was really swimming. Yep, he IS that good.
Now we’ve taken on swimming lessons. We’ve been a couple of times and it is a blast. I have about 15 new songs to learn, only two of which are twists on songs I actually know. I’ll get there. I get a great leg workout because the water is no more than three feet deep and hits at about my waist. Well, you see, you hold your kid while you’re in the water. Except when I do that, Emmet is not actually in the water. So I have to squat or lunge to get him down into the water. Combine that with holding 25+ lbs and mommy is getting 30 minutes of lunges and squats. Nice! No wonder my jeans are starting to fall off.
What do swimming lessons have to do with schlepping you ask? The schlepping comes after the swimming lesson. You take wet wiggly baby and get them dried off and into a fresh diaper and clothes. Now you are left with a soggy parent. The first lesson I took my wiggly dry clothed baby into the dressing room so I could change. Said baby continually tried to crawl under the door and out of the dressing room. Have you ever tried to put jeans on when wet and trying to block a baby from crawling away? It doesn’t work so well. Once I got dressed I went and found the other mom in my class to see what her getaway strategy was. She was still in her bathing suit, with a cover up thrown on and soaking wet. That is how she left. Soaking wet and schlepping a wiggly baby and a bag of wet bathing goodness.
For lesson number two I tried her strategy. I schlepped well. Only now it’s officially Texas winter weather and today at 11am it was no more than 50 degrees. I need a new plan. While I strategize I will be thankful I am doing this in Texas winter weather and not up north real winter weather. No chance of frozen hair down here!
Any input on my new strategy is much appreciated!
Emmet’s first birthday is in less than a month. I’ve never been a particularly emotional person but motherhood has changed all that. I’m emotional over this birthday. Where did the past year go? How are we leaving babyhood behind already? I’m not ready yet. AGGHHH!
What an amazing year it has been. I am so *SO* thankful that I was able to quit my job in July and stay home with E. I know it’s not for everyone and I fully respect that. It was absolutely the right decision for me. I do not miss my job one iota. I have a budget spreadsheet, a rad camera and I have this blog. I don’t have much free time but when I do, those are the things I fiddle with. I have never been happier.
I have so many wonderful memories of this first year. Here are my favorites:
I think E’s birthday is as much a celebration for him as it is for Dylan and I. This whole parenting thing is no small undertaking. It really does take a village. I think we’ll have to dedicate a date night to celebrate, just the two of us. While part of our “village” loves on lil man. And I’ve got a party to plan!
If you have Netflix you have access to a plethora of documentaries about food. We have watched several of them over the past few months the most recent of which was Forks Over Knives. After this last one we decided to eat less meat by having more vegetarian meals. We are a couple of weeks into this and I am pretty satisfied with it. I feel better after dinner when no meat is involved. We’re also eating vegetarian the right way and actually getting more veggies instead of more Cheetos. This part is important because some folks don’t do it the right way and end up feeling like crap. So, if you don’t eat Cheetos what do you eat? Here the meal plans from the last two weeks:
Speaking of meal plans, I like the one here. There are lots out there to choose from if you poke around the blogs. I really want to find a rad quinoa recipe. I am not finding a lot in my usual places so I have some more research to do. I also need to do a better job eating veggies in season. I tried beets. They are gross. I love sweet potatoes and butternut squash but D will not eat them.
What is your favorite vegetarian meal?
I’m taking an online photography class at Clickin Moms. I am really learning how to use my camera to get the shots I want. Sometimes my head spins a bit trying to put all the pieces together but it’s going well. Getting feedback on our assignments has been like a little beacon of light in my child rearing feedbackless world. I get all excited to see how I did and read the critique about 50 times. I forgot how much I like feedback. There are no end of year reviews in parenting. Maybe there should be. I might make up my own. Enough of my type A nonsense. Here’s my handsome hubby looking all moody. I may have woken him up from a nap to be my subject so I could complete an assignment…
We were just being silly and making faces. No, I do not feed my child cheese whiz. But I don’t judge you if you do.
The lovely fall weather that has graced central Texas leads me to yummy fall recipes. This is a very healthy and tasty soup that I like to enjoy with a piece of sprouted whole wheat toast. Even my meat with a side of meat eating husband likes it. Either that or he is humoring me by eating it when I make it.
Original recipe found here. What is your favorite fall recipe?
The weather allows us to resume hiking once again. Yay! We recently went to an old favorite spot, Bull Creek.
We have a sweet Kelty baby carrier so Dylan can wear E while we hike. He sweats easily and this keeps he and E cooler and also keeps E sweat free. It’s a win-win. By now you’ve noticed that my husband has a penchant for wearing extremely short shorts. All. the. time. We have our friend Tim to thank for that.
One of the perks of Bull Creek is that it’s a creek. Normally it has yummy cold water flowing all along the trails. Only this year we’ve had this insane drought and what used to be a big creek is now just a bed of rocks. Nuts! The silver lining is that we were able to see how deep the deep parts really are.
The focus on this image is blech but I love how E is grabbing Dylan’s shirt so I had to include it. It melts my heart!