Harry had arrived and it was time to settle in as a new family. I knew things were going to change, but it was a shock how much of your life Is absorbed by having a child.
It was obvious from the mounds of stuff we had, from bottles to prams, mulins to baby grows, that this wasn’t going to be an easy task!
After the endless cups of coffee and cake with visitors, Chloe and I began to settle into life with Harry. He slept well, didn’t cry and was generally a good baby. Chloe was a total natural to the child thing, she grew up with loads of younger cousins so was well versed in changing nappies, I on the other hand attempted to treat it like a military operation – in, do the job and out without any casualties!
Needles to say we got on just fine.
We weren’t slow in getting out of the house, in fact it was day 3 with Harry that we enjoyed lunch together in town as a family. This came to a surprise to a few people. I think they assumed that we would stay cocooned in the house for weeks on end until we were dead certain we could venture outside the comfort of our own house without any major drama.
I would suggest this to any new family if they can, then get out of the house as soon as you can! We tried to keep to our own routines and it’s worked well for us. I really feel that it’s down to Chloe and I just ‘getting on with it’ that Harry travels well, eats well and interacts well with other people.
I appreciate everyone is different, but you don’t know until you try.
So as time went on, and it went on pretty quick! I soon realised I hadn’t been going to the gym as much as I’d like, I’d not even went out for a run with the dog! It had clearly taken its toll on me.
I understand family comes first and it will always be the case. But where possible make time for yourself, whatever that may be. In my case my escape in exercise.
My background in training is well mixed. I was an avid wakeboarder and surfer at a young age, as I grew up I got into natural bodybuilding, and I competed for 2 years, I was also a personal trainer for 4 years. Following this I found Crossfit, and since 2012 that’s mainly what I’ve done up to now.
Im very fortunate to have a gym at home, so most people would say I have it easy. But although it’s only 10 feet to my gym it’s not so easy.
If your a parent you’ll know, but children take up so much time, from early in the morning to sometimes late at night, so how do I fit it in.
A little bit of forward planning and making sure you ok it with the other half is a good start. A great way to successfully raising a child is working as a team with your partner. That in itself can be a task I know, but if you have that down then the rest should flow.
So ahead of time I plan to train. Wether that be 30 mins in the gym or 30 mins outside doing body weight exercises, as long as I can get my heart rate high for half an hour then I’m happy,
Usually what I try and do Is make sure Harry is down for the night before I go training. This won’t work for everyone as some children won’t go down till late. In that case, make time during the day, The little one will sleep at some point, and there’s no excuse for you to not get outside in the garden and getting exercising!
I mentioned it before, but I’ll say again, the biggest hurdle can be making sure you and your partner are on the same page. I’ve fell at the first hurdle so many times by putting myself first, when all it takes is a little thought beforehand to get it right.
I know Chloe will read this as tell me to practice what I preach. We are all human, we make mistakes, but it’s a big learning curve, and we all need to make these mistakes to get better. I will learn one day.
In my upcoming blogs I’m going to be posting some exercise ideas that anyone can follow! You don’t need any fancy gym kit, Just yourself and a little space!
Also look out for some upcoming healthy recipes.
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