Monday, June 23, 2008

A mystery...

So how old is Joshua now?  Just about 15 months, right?  So I’ve been “postpartum” for 15 months.  I’d say that since about September, life got uncrazy enough to make me feel like I’d have time and energy to do some exercising and get my body back to where I’d like it to be.  So I started out doing some crunches to tighten up that loose tummy skin, but that was entirely unsuccessful – just seemed to make it worse.  Those of you who saw me pregnant probably remember that my tummy went straight out about 10 feet (well maybe not quite that far, but it felt like it when I was trying to wash my hands and couldn’t reach the faucet).  Anyway, I’m back at my pre-pregnancy weight and don’t have much to complain about, I’m not saying that, but my tummy still looks funny – loose and very stretch-marky. 

 

So now I am motivated to do something about it again (yes, yes, about 8 months after I gave up the crunches, but better late than never), and I started looking online for advice on what to do.  At first I just came across all sorts of articles about how that loose skin will never go away and you just have to wait until you are done having babies and then have surgery.  That was very discouraging…but then I finally found some information about what happens to your abdominal muscles when that baby is in there, and which muscles will help (or harm) the process of getting rid of that extra stuff.  So basically what you need to focus on is your Transverse Abdominus, and not with the typical crunches or other ab exercises that you regularly hear about, which only exercise the surface muscles and so push your tummy out even further. 

 

Nope, to strengthen these muscles, the main exercise that I found is called the “vacuum” (or a variation is called the “cross”, which is just the vacuum with your arms extended straight out).  All there is to it is that you stand straight with good posture and your spine straight and suck in your stomach like you’re pulling your belly button towards your spine.  With a lot of repetition, this will help pull the muscles on the sides of your waist inward. This is also a really good exercise just to get your waist a bit skinnier – not only to get rid of post-pregnancy looseness.  Here are a couple of links if you’re interested: 

 

http://www.statssheet.com/articles/article49654.html

http://www.straighttothebar.com/2007/11/specific_training_for_the_tran.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_exercise

 

So today (6/23) I’m starting, and I hope to see some results.  If I can feel comfortable in a bathing suit, I’ll be happy! If it doesn’t do much, that’s fine, too – I’ll know that I tried, and I’ll be ok with my “mommy tummy.” Any other suggestions from moms who’ve been successful would be appreciated, too!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Joshua's words

I was in the doctor's office the other day, and waiting FOREVER for the doctor to actually come in, so I probably read every word of every poster on the wall. One of the posters was about child development, and it said that normal development for an 18-month old child is that they can say 8-10 recognizable words. This made me realize that Joshua's language development is really pretty remarkable. So I tried making a list of the words he says (most of them he says often and consistently, though some of them he's only said a few times, but I of course count them anyway!).

So here is the list of words he knows, and he picks up new ones each day (really!)

  • Jesus
  • Car
  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Papa
  • Mamma
  • Banana
  • Mindy
  • Ball
  • Baby
  • Bird
  • No
  • Bath
  • Book
  • Milk
  • Brush
  • Meat
  • Pillow
  • Help
  • Door
  • Yikes
  • Uh Oh
  • Whoa
  • Wow
  • Eww
  • Mmmm
  • Amen
  • Loofah
  • Man
  • Water
  • What's that?
  • Bottle
  • Cracker
  • Cookie
  • Feather
  • Bye-Bye

***Later addition of some words that I forgot, and new ones he has learned***

  • Rowan
  • Bumbo
  • Apple

And then his signs:

  • Yes
  • Milk
  • Eat
  • More
  • Please
  • Thank you

And animal noises that he can make quite consistently:

  • Cow
  • Sheep
  • Duck
  • Elephant
  • Walrus
  • Baby
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Lion
  • Dinosaur
  • Monkey
  • Fish

That was all - just wanted to brag about my genius baby. He amazes me.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I couldn't wait...

I wanted to wait awhile before posting another video...and I wanted to maybe have Nathan give this one some titles and music and credits...but if you know me much, you know I'm not very patient...so enjoy!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My little wanderer

A few disclaimers...

1. This video is perhaps a bit boring for some of you who see Joshy often, or maybe who have little ones of your own...but it is mostly for those of you who haven't seen Joshy walking around yet. This is a pretty typical few minutes in the life of our little explorer. Although, he amazingly doesn't get in as much trouble as he sometimes does.
2. I apologize (as should Joshua, really) for the gross-looking carpet - it's getting cleaned really soon. We very much underestimated the amount of damage having Joshy's high chair on the carpet would do. Yikes!
3. Our apartment is a disaster in this video...most of the chaos is put away at night and our home returns to some sort of order.
4. Check out our new vinyl flooring in our kitchen! I love it!
5. For Aunty Mindy - yes he is saying your name over and over through his second lap through the kitchen.

Enjoy!
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