Somewhere along the line four decades of my life have gone by and I am turning forty! I have no big plans for my birthday other than to maybe go somewhere nice with Nicky (like a park or something) and have Chinese for supper and watch Revenge which comes back to our screens. I’m just going to take it easy.
As much as relaxation is good, it has always been at the back of my mind that I really should be getting some exercise. My gym membership has lapsed, the DVDs sit unwatched, and I download yoga apps that also just sit there.
So when someone in our mom’s group put together a walking group for moms with babies, I took it as a sign that I should get active.
The first time I went I decided to take Nicky’s push tricycle. Nicky has never been a fan of his stroller. We’ve always been baby wearers and although I stopped wearing him at 18 months the stroller still sits there, pretty much unused. If we go shopping he now sits in the trolley and that seems to be working. However he does love his tricycle (pushing it around), so I though it would be a good idea. Nicky loved it. Me? Not so much.
Those things are very hard to steer. Very hard to push as well. Nicky had a lot of fun “steering” it, but as you can imagine, that only added to my difficulty. Plus it was the first time that I had walked that distance.
The next time I took the stroller. This was a big improvement, but I suffered on the uphills. Nicky is so heavy to push! I felt the blood drain from my face and felt like an old age person with a walker!! Afterwards my friend said I went all pale and she says it must be a drop in blood pressure. In any case, it gave me a bit of a scare. I missed two weeks due to rainy weather and had a think about this again.
Sunny skies came back to Joburg and I tried again. This time was great. I didn’t even feel faint. I had a nice chat to my friend and we stopped at a park so Nicky could play a bit. He even made friends with a fellow babe.
The really funny thing is that Nicky now loves his stroller. He can’t get enough of it. He pushes it around the house (which as you can imagine, is challenging every time he gets to a doorway, and cries for help). He grunts and motions me to put him inside it so I can push him around the house and garden. He now even puts his treasures in the bottom part – I found a stone and a chopstick in there. And I thought special objects were only reserved for his truck!
Let’s hope I can continue for as long as I can until Nicky gets too big for pushing!