Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Interested in more Baby Led Weaning posts and videos? Click Here!
Are you interested in seeing him eat any food in particular? He's been trying nearly everything we eat -- so let me know if there's a video you'd like to see!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I absolutely love wearing my baby - even still at 10 months and close to 26 pounds - I chose to wear him 90% of the time when we are out and about. I just find it so much easier than dealing with strollers or carriages, and he seems to enjoy it so much more being close to Mom!
I've tried out a ton of different baby carriers, so I thought I'd share with you my top picks:
1. Nuroo Pocket
2. Moby Wrap
3. Beco Gemini
Friday, February 21, 2014
I have always loved podcasts. You can listen to them in the car, on the train, while you're cleaning, getting dressed for the morning, and pretty much anywhere. You can even get a bluetooth shower head and listen to it there!
You can listen to the whole episode in one sitting, or break it up over the course of a day or so. You can subscribe and listen to each episode in it's entirety, or just pick and choose the parts you truly enjoy.
So why did we create one?
Well, we saw a need.
As I said, I love podcasts. I listened to a ton when I was pregnant, and have found that there really isn't a podcast out there that talked about the new parenting issues I cared about - especially in a fun manner.
There will be a judgement free zone story each week, we will talk about our whines and wins of the week, and will also have recommendations or tips during the parent picks of the week. We will welcome guests and other parents, experts in all sorts of fields, and are open to show topic suggestions.
In the meantime, feel free to LIKE us on Facebook --
What topics/issues/guests would you like to hear on ParentCast?
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I was beaming, cleaning the house, playing peekaboo, reading books...that is until I walked into his bedroom.
Then I took a look at his crib.
Monday, February 17, 2014
First, it was teething. Teething, I can handle.
Then it was a combined stomach bug (vomiting and diarrhea) with a fever. This was an all night affair, and the baby was absolutely miserable. Come to find out, he also had a double ear infection.
This was the night that I turned to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Something I didn't think I'd be doing for a long time to come. Babies don't watch TV or really understand what's happening on the screen, right? So why would they need to watch TV?
Honestly, it's because I was about to lose my mind. I was exhausted, I hadn't slept in days thanks to the teething, and now he was throwing up all over himself and me. The little guy was burning up and was MISERABLE. I couldn't stop him from whining, he didn't want to eat, nor could he sleep.
But when Mickey came on, and started calling out "Oh tooooodles," Itty Bitty became memorized. Maybe it was the funny voices, or the colors, or the music. It most certainly wasn't him solving puzzles or learning how to count, or whatever lesson it was that he was supposed to learn.
He stopped crying. He stopped figiting. He stopped being present in the fact that he felt like absolute crap.
I held him, damp facecloth over his head, and closed my eyes. I sort of napped for those 23 minutes. Granted, I still hear "Oh toooooodles" ringing through my head from time to time, but I don't care. Disney worked it's magic that night.
The show distracted him enough to make him sleepy again, and after that episode (or two...) he fell back asleep until 9am, when I got him ready for the doctors office.
Thank you Mickey and friends. Thanks for teaching me a lesson - that all of us parents will do things we said we wouldn't do. Sometimes we don't have any other options. Or sometimes we just need a break.
What have you done with your kids that you originally thought you would NEVER do?
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
*Disclaimer - I am not a certified P90X trainer, and I am not a Beachbody Coach. I am not being compensated for this blog series. I just really like the idea of embarrassing myself publicly. Mary Larsen is not liable for any of the opinions expressed herein. Don't blame her for what this knuckle-head says.
Anyone who tells you that you cannot get a good workout in only thirty minutes is a fucking jackass.
Ok, now that's out of the way, tell me Tall Dad, how was your first 4 weeks of P90X3? Well, first thing's first:
P90X3, like it's X siblings, can be utilized in a number of different designed rotations. Rotation is a fancy term for the order and application of the provided workouts to maximize the desired result. These are preset rotations:
1. Lean - Looking to get wicked tone? Here's your choice. Functional fitness at it's best. It focuses on mobility, and cardiovascular fitness.
2. Classic - For those who want to tone and lose weight, but also desire to build legitimate muscle mass. The preferred rotation.
3. Doubles - A badass rotation where you do TWO workouts per day. One in the morning, and one at night. Not recommended for newcomers. Shit, even I don't do it.
4. Mass - Heavy resistance and weight training. This is for those who want to bulk up and gain weight. So, get ready to eat like Oprah in an all-you-can-eat buffet. Otherwise known as a shit ton.
I chose "Classic" because I'm about as original and inventive as the latest album from Nickelback. But, on a more serious note, I chose it because "Classic" is the rotation around which Tony had designed the program. In other words, "Classic" promotes the best results as Tony originally intended them. I figure he's way smarter than me, and in considerably better shape than me too so I ought to listen.
Each rotation, regardless of which you choose, has a foundation of three blocks - each block lasting 30 days, or one month (thus the 90 day program). For our purposes now, only the first block is really important.
The first block is comprised of seven different workouts that must be completed each day for the first three weeks. What about the fourth week, right? Well, you still work out, but it's not the same as the first three weeks - it's what Tony considers a "rest," or "transition" week.
The Workouts for Block One:
Day 1: Total Synergistics - a workout based on complete integration. Every muscle being worked out in concert with each other at the same time. Thus, "Synergisitics." Cardio, resistance and occasional weights.
Day 2: Agility X - Athletic training through and through. Start in one spot and hop to another as fast as possible. All about cardio, flexibility and mobility. The leg killer.
|Block 1 schedule. Note the difference between weeks 1-3 and week 4.|
Day 4: The Challenge - Pick a number of reps for pull-ups and pick a number of reps for pushups. 8 sets each. Hit that number every time. Yes, every time. So choose wisely.
Day 5: CVX - Cardio Vascular Xtreme. Great cardio training, but holding a dumbbell at the same time.
Day 6: The Warrior - No weights or pull ups. Just you, and gravity. Pushups, balance work and more muscle integration all in one tiny space.
Day 7: Dynamix or Rest - An involved and concentrated stretching program with dynamic movement in your arms, hips and legs.
Week 4 Workouts:
Isometrix - Basically take all the hardest poses from Yoga and hold them for 45 seconds each. In other words, this is an effort to isolate a specific muscle and punish it. Dude. Ouch.
Accelerator - This does exactly what it says - accelerates your body and gets your heart pumping. FAST. A cornucopia of cardio and resistance.
Pilates - Speaks for itself.
Alright Tall Dad, cut the shit - what actually happened!?!
What Went Right:
-Much to my surprise, the half hour concept is totally real and it is awesome so far. The workouts, including the warm ups, are truly only a half hour. I LOVE knowing that I only have to bust my balls for that small amount of time because, psychologically, I push myself harder to get the best pump within a half hour. Besides, I kinda feel like a pussy if I don't push hard because it's only a short time. Am I pussy? Fuck no. Well, sometimes. But, not when it comes to my Tony time.
-Because of how short the workouts are, it has, so far, been much easier to stay on track and keep up with my weekly schedule. Even with a kid, working full time, and trying to maintain somewhat of a social life, there really is no excuse to not get a workout in during my day anymore.
-CVX, thankfully, is not the same bullshit cardio workout that everyone else puts in these kind of programs. Trust me, I CANNOT stand cardio. "Alright everyone run in place and do 20 jumping jacks!" Ugh, blow me. I would rather shove bamboo schutes up my fingernails than do a cardio workout. So, when it comes to CVX, take cardio, add core training, and then hold a 10lb dumbbell as you're doing all of it. The added resistance training spices up what would otherwise be a painfully boring set.
-Speaking of boredom, the warm-ups are short, to the point, and non-coma inducing. Thank the Christ. The warm-up process, mercifully enough, is only about two and a half minutes long this time around, and then, BAM, you're right into the workout. No screwing around.
-The Challenge is possibly the hardest workout I've ever done. I've never had such muscle burn in my life. It totally kicked my ass. I couldn't even lift our tiny baby afterwards (and maybe for the next two days, but who's counting?) I'm currently at 5 pullups and 12 pushups. Yes, ok, after reviewing those numbers, maybe I am a pussy. But, I promise I'm going to get more.
-Working out with Rhys. Dude, what a trip. It was easier than I thought because I put him in his Jumperoo and let him bounce up and down with me as I did my Jump Knee Tucks. We both got a good work out in :) His favorite so far is Agility X.
- I always thought it was kinda dumb, and only for chicks, but the addition of Pilates to the X family in the rest week is "Holy Shit" awesome. Never done it before. But, hard? You bet your ass.
What Went Wrong:
-The immeasurably annoying Dreya Weber has returned, and is in multiple workouts so far. You know that teachers pet that can do ANYTHING the teacher asks, and does it well, but, kinda shows off, and acts like they're best friends with the teacher? That's Dreya. Why, oh, why do they insist on bringing her back? God, I hate her so much.
-X3 Yoga is far inferior to it's predecessors. Tony says, "you can do a lot of Yoga in thirty minutes." Yes, while that may be true, in addition to the fact that it does provide a half way decent workout, X3 yoga is just too damn fast. You don't have enough time to own each pose, and enjoy the flow. Instead, you're too focused on keeping pace with the crew. Before you know it, you're saying, "wow, thats a good warm up," but the routines already completed. Ugh. Not a fan, Tony.
-I had to prolong the sequence of workouts due to some schedule conflicts and soreness. So, by my calculations, I'm about two days behind the designed schedule. Damn it.
-Workouts were a little extended due to having to preview the move first, and then perform it. I'm so used to knowing what to do beforehand with X1 and X2! But with each week comes more familiarity.
-Just now, when I am finally learning the routines - time to get into a whole new routine. Oh, how I have a Love/Hate relationship with Muscle Confusion.
-Doing Yoga with a nine month old. Not smart. In fact, really dumb.
-Even though he did my workouts with me, tiny baby still didn't tucker himself out enough to sleep through the night. What else must I do? Ah, the great mystery...
-Holy shit am I out of shape.
Snap Judgments and Miscellany:
- I was a total skeptic about this program. At no point did it occur to me that I could get as good of a pump from a half hour workout as I did in the hour long workouts of X1 and X2. I was so god damn wrong. From the moment I started, my heart raced and my muscles were pushed to the same limit, if not more, than in previous workouts.
-By the end of week 4, my body is really sore - especially my glutes, chest, hip flexors, and shoulders.
-I am hungry. Yup - right now. I was hungry yesterday all day, and I'm pretty confident I'll be ravenous in a couple hours and into tomorrow. In fact, I'm hungry all the fucking time. Food never leaves my thought process. Ever.
-I'm going to keep giving X3 yoga a shot, but if I don't feel the enjoyment I felt in previous versions real soon, I'm will switch out X3 Yoga for X2 Yoga.
-Tony has a shout out to his RI roots when he wears a "Watch Hill Lifeguard" shirt in CVX. Drinkin' Beers down by the shore! Rhody Pride!
-One of the "kids" is wearing a Boston Strong T-shirt during the The Warrior workout. How awesome!?!
-No Ab Ripper X in this Block. Fear not though, between Yoga, Pilates, Agility X and The Warrior, the abs are not left behind. Trust me, I'm not complaining either way. Nothing sucks more than to get through a hard work out, finish it, be dog tired, and then have to do 20 minutes of Ab Ripper immediately after.
-The rumors of me almost puking during Agility X may or may not be true.
Favorite Tony-ism: After crushing his workout partner in The Challenge, "I believe I am 55. I believe he is 30. Aging is for people who do not know better."
Crescent Chairs - Going from Crescent pose to chair pose in one fluid movement while holding a 10lb. dumbell above your head, and keeping your arms straight. OUCH. Supposed to do about 10 of these. Only muscled out 5.
3.4 Run - Stay in a 3 point stance and jump to 4 designated spots on your floor when Tony calls out, "Up, Back, Left, Right!" Everything from your core, to your feet, to your fuckin' eyebrows are on fire , and you are moving QUICK. Total athletic training. It beat me all three weeks because I couldn't keep up with how fast he is calling out. But, I will conquer it.
Tall Dad's Tip of the Block: Time, practice, and patience. If you want to get better - take your time and modify.
Up Next: Block 2.
Do Your Best And Forget The Rest
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