Tuesday, May 7, 2013

To Sleep Perchance to Dream

It is no wonder to me that I chose to beg BJ 4 years ago for us to have another child, because a 3 year old is quite delightful.  I have hinted around on this blog and shared my deepest fear with a few close friends that I favored Anna Cate over Molly because I found Molly's behavior so difficult and I worried that her personality was as well. 
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But it turns out, Molly is not a socio-path -- she was sleep deprived. 

At her three year check up when our fabulous pediatrician asked me if I had any concerns, I had a list of issues I thought were unrelated. I was concerned about her moral development, her difficult behavior and the fact that when she naps during the day that she will get out of bed every few minutes up until way too late (which caused a miserable morning for her). So, the doctor suggested 1 mg of melatonin and chamomile tea, 
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and oh-my-goodness it has changed our life as well as her demeanor.
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She's still her own little self, a little independent and self-sufficient, but the sweetness and fun-loving spirit has blossomed, outshining it all.  
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So in love and so thankful for realizing she just needed sleep.
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Molly is precious personified and she mixes cuddling and cutting humor with charm.  
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And while I'm comforted by the constant kindness and thoughtfulness of Anna Cate, I'm so happy to be enjoying Molly in a new light of rest.  She comes into our room in the morning in the best mood making the me think the best part of my day is right now... Maybe the best of life is right now.
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 To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep.
~Joan Klempner

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Our little swimmer

Saturday marked the end of Anna Cate’s school year swim practice with a meet in Richmond. As the school year winds down, so does my tolerance for our busy schedule.  BJ and I both work out, we make the time to prepare and have available a clean meal plan for our family in the midst of having balance, but we know that health just isn’t about us, so Anna Cate swims twice a week, crossfits twice a week (once at the box and once for homework wods from coach Suzanne). Sometimes I feel guilty that my kids spend time at the gym or at RARE having to watch me work out, especially Molly, who turned 3 in March, but sometimes she gives me glimpses of the benefit of learning by example how we value our health. Molly has perfect toes to bar, will swipe a lacrosse ball and practice mobilization as well as do burpees for fun.  Anna Cate is learning that healthy bodies come in all shapes, sizes and ages.
 Today she found success in swimming, which she says is her passion.
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She swam in four events and placed in all of them even though she just turned 7 competing in a 7-8 division.  She won her heat in free style and her relay team took first place since they were the only ones competing. She placed 3rd (of 13 swimmer) for back stroke and free-style and placed 2nd (of 13 swimmers) in butter fly.  I'm so proud of her hard work as well as her success. Today as she was finding such success in the water, I found myself looking forward to sharing her victories with my friend and her crossfit coach, Suzanne.  I think it is fair to say that Anna Cate has learned her stroke techniques and swimming from the awesome coaches above, but she's learned some other valuable lessons from crossfit as well. (And I'm sure crossfit has helped her swimming technique, too)
Enjoying being with your fellow athletes.
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Cheering loudly for your friends.
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Confidently approaching the event.
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Pushing yourself.
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And finding success.
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I'm so thankful for the ways we as a family can commit ourselves to healthy activities and for these programs who help instill in Anna Cate the value of moving, working hard, camaraderie and confidence. I'd like to think it's not so bad that they have to go with us to the gym while we work out since modeling behavior is more important than preaching about good habits... at least that's what I tell msyelf when I'm ignoring my children for a good book or for a work out.