Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the Grit

Posted April 18, 2021 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 8 Comments


The one with the Grit

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This week was so full of activity, but of course I didn’t have time to blog at all during the week, so I’m writing it all Saturday morning and who knows what I’ll remember…

As I mentioned last week, we went to stay at Franky’s house in the country last weekend. Sunday morning Dante and I were the first up (since we all stayed up late drinking, playing pool, listening to music and talking — except Dante of course lol). I actually felt really good despite the drinks and limited sleep. I made myself a hot chocolate and we went out to the back patio. I snuggled under a blanket and watched the horses (neighbor) and enjoyed having no human noise, while Dante ran around playing in the field with balls, chasing Buffy – trying to catch her tail and squealing – and watching the horses. The weekend was really great – I took a nap in the hammock Sunday and they setup a baby swing in the tree that Dante loved. It was a great time and we got home around 6pm Sunday, just in time to get ready for the week ahead. I felt so rejuvenated, it was wonderful.

Monday morning I returned to the gym that changed the course of my life a bit – Grit Fitness. I say changed the course of my life because it was part of my weight loss journey, almost as significantly as my surgery. I found so many friends there (including the one who connected me to the position that brought me to my current employer), started teaching exercise classes there, found my nutritionist there, and just transformed myself (physically and mentally) there. I’ve missed it so much – I had stopped going when Dante was born and had just started figuring out how I might be able to rejoin and balance workouts with work and childcare when the pandemic hit. So, of course, that left my mind. In the past 1.5 years I’ve done BeachBody, YouTube workouts, Amazon Prime workouts, joined Obe, and even done the virtual membership that Grit developed to keep going through the pandemic. And nothing got me excited about working out like going to Grit. Well I went back this week and as I started the spin class Monday morning at 6am (which I’ve missed the most – I was a spin instructor), I felt the energy in the room and the instructor met eyes with me and said, “Oh my God y’all, Kim’s back!” and it just felt so good to be back. It wasn’t two songs in before I saw that I also hadn’t lost it – I was so at home on that bike – and the tears just started flowing. It just felt so good to be back. I went everyday except Thursday this week – I was up too late Wednesday to have a 6am class be a healthy choice – and I’m sore in the best way.

Tuesday I got the call from Dante’s old daycare that he was off the waitlist – a spot for May 3 had opened up in the toddler room! I’m so relieved, because the price is reasonable there ($215/week vs $400/week most places around here), there less than 5 minutes from our place, and he was so happy there before the pandemic. Of course, as soon as I hung up the phone saying “yes, we’ll take the spot” the worries began. How is he going to adjust? Is he going to be super behind the other kids? Will he eat (they provide breakfast, lunch and snack and he’s become super picky)? Will he get into trouble because he’s not used to that environment? — and of course, the guilt — Is it all my fault that I didn’t manage to better prepare him to return this past year? I know I’ve been doing the best I can, working while watching him alone, but I can’t help but think if I had just worked with him more he’d be talking. So yes, I’m nervous that he won’t be happy.

However, Thursday I went to the daycare to turn in forms, pay deposit, and see the Toddler room. I couldn’t go into the room because of COVID, but they let me see it through the door. It’s a nice space and I got to see the teachers – they seem nice. All the kids were napping a noon on cots, which brought in more anxiety… Dante doesn’t nap well, and when he does it’s in his crib at like 3pm. Well I mentioned this to the director and she said not to worry, they have playpens for the kids who aren’t ready for cots and they transition them to the cots. It’s okay if he resists napping so early (and at all), in her experience kids quickly adapt and they will want to nap so early because they will be tired. So fingers crossed! I do think he’ll have a great time though. They do circle time, art, dance, music and playground (2x a day). So it will be an adjustment, but I’m hopeful.

Especially after Friday! OMG Dante was in rare form Friday! He opened the fridge to get his own milk (it must not have fully closed, he’s not that strong), he broke his baby gate not once, but twice (did I tell y’all about how he flipped over it last week?) and – and this was the real cake topper – he peed on the dog! We were in the middle of a diaper change and he stood up, ran over to Buffy (who was near a toy he wanted) and peed all over, hitting the carpet and her. Well I had very limited time because I was working and had a meeting coming up. So I threw Buffy on the balcony… sorry Buffy but I don’t want pee everywhere, cleaned up the carpet, changed Dante’s clothes (yep they were hit too) and hopped on my meeting. Later that day I brought Buffy in for a bath, which she wasn’t thrilled about.

Poor Buffy… this morning (Saturday) Dante has already been chasing her around some more while she just wants to curl up and nap. I’m trying to tell her, this is life with a little brother lol. She’s actually taking it really well and just grumbles a bit as she moves to yet another location she thinks will be baby proof. Turns out, there’s not many of those places anymore. Which considering that he turns 19 months tomorrow – well Sunday, so your today – is not that shocking.

Today – Saturday – we’re headed to a friend’s for a playdate. I plan on being home just in time for Dante to go to bed, so I’m getting this post ready early. I’m sure we’ll have a great time 🙂

Blog News

Well I’m not doing too well visiting, am I? Sorry! I do think I’ll be able to find time once I return to the office, since I’ll have a real lunch break again. I haven’t had a real lunch break since April 2020, when Dante started staying home with me. So yeah, give me a couple weeks and maybe it’ll get better!

COYER Community Semester 1 wraps up this month y’all!! So be sure to get your points in the Rafflecopter if your participating.

Last week on Because Reading

Challenge update

This week I finished:

* I did also DNF a book this week, a Freebie I’ve had for a long time and just didn’t connect with. It was steampunk and even though they attract me, they don’t seem to be my genre 🙁

I’m participating in 4 reading challenges this year. Here’s how I’m doing:

Backlist Reader hosted by Lark @ Bookwyrms Hoard: 15 books this year

Library Love hosted by Books of My Heart & Angel’s Guilty Pleasures: 2 books this year

New Release hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms:1 book this year (yay! I’m finally on the board!)

COYER (Spring) hosted by Because Reading: 12 books (2 added this week)

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Berls has
read 15 books toward
her goal of
50 books.

FitReaders (hosted by Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About & Felicia The Geeky Blogger)

My big goal for 2021 is to get down to my goal weight. It means losing 70 pounds this year. Well as I described above, I did get back to the gym this week. However, my eating was only okay. I really have to find something that works for me. I’m really frustrated.

Weight gain/loss: +4.4 pounds for the year

Added to My Shelf

I’m trying to be more responsible about keeping track of the books I acquire, so I’m going to start sharing them again. If I share them here, surely I’ll remember to add them to Goodreads, right?

How was your week? What are you Reading?

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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8 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the Grit

  1. I’m glad you had a good weekend at Frankie’s and it’s awesome that a slot has opened up at Dante’s old day-care! I know the mummy guilt all too well but you’re doing the best you can and Dante will adjust! In my experience, after the settling in is done, they have much more fun at daycare than at home half the time… I tried not to be offended but sometimes it was hard, lol.
    And I know I shouldn’t laugh but the peed on the dog story? I was rolling… It’s always when you do not have the time to handle it.

  2. It sounds like a lot of progress this week! I’m sure Dante will adjust and he may nap because with all the new things he will be more tired. I thought Kelly would never walk but when we switched daycare and their playroom was more open, less things to hold while cruising, she walked a week later but she was about 14 months old. At 8 months she only said 3 or 4 words but after 18 months she started picking up the pace. And we thought she would never stop napping even to go to kindergarten. It’s so great you could go back to Grit and feel at home. Life is full of change and it’s the way of growth and improvement.

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