I took a 60 minute spin class 3 days before my due date with Tommy. Afterwards, I’m sure I did nothing for the rest of the day. I no longer have that luxury so I stopped working out/taking classes for the most part.
Last night, I was feeling overwhelmed. I decided in May that I would pull Tommy from daycare so that we could spend the last two weeks of my pregnancy together on the Cape. We are supposed to leave tomorrow and today is his last day at “school”. I already cried at drop off.
Being super pregnant in the city in the summer is not my idea of fun which is why I thought it would be more enjoyable to have a yard and the beach close by. Not to mention, Tommy’s Grammy and Pop Pop are down there. We are planning to spend most of the summer down there after the baby arrives and since Tommy is starting a new Preschool in the fall, it felt like the right thing to do, at the time.
So to relieve some stress this morning, I decided to do a light workout, 30 minutes max! I did 20 minutes on the bike and 10 minutes of strength training. Guess how productive I’ve been? I’ve accomplished zilch unless writing this blog post about how exercise is not currently my friend counts.
I still need to pack and finish final baby prep. If I go into labor over the next week, the next time I’m home, I’ll have a newborn baby. I obviously don’t think I will be going into labor or else I wouldn’t be going to the cape.
More importantly, I won’t have daycare to watch Tommy so I can work. I know some of you think blogging isn’t a full time job but it is a lot of work to do it successfully. I have 4 campaigns that are going live before baby #2 arrives and 3 that I’m working on for post baby. I’m regretting taking Tommy from daycare but I feared I’d regret not spending more time with him the last few weeks!
This when being self employed is hard to balance. I do not have a maternity leave package, but I do have the ability to keep my baby home with me longer than the usual 6-12 weeks some employees get and don’t need to stress about the cost of child care for the first year. However, if I don’t “work,” I don’t make any money which is why I agreed to paid campaigns this summer.
Exercise used to be my outlet for letting off steam but it has since become the black hole of any energy I have left. I really need to stop if I want to be ready for baby #2. As a once exclusively fitness blogger, this is hard to accept, which is also why I swore off exercise 2 weeks ago and then did it today!
You can safely workout up until your due date but just because all the fit moms on Instagram are doing it doesn’t mean it’s the best decision for you. I know I’ll be excited to workout after the baby is born. I don’t know if that will be at 4, 6 or 12 weeks or longer. I do know that I don’t feel bad about not working out, I just feel like my best friend has let me know.
I love to exercise but I have to stop for Tommy’s sake. I just have zero energy for him and zero energy to work and help provide for my family.