Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Those Last Few Pounds

My greatest fear about pregnancy was the weight gain. It was more like sheer paranoia. In high school I was heavier but after graduation I hit the gym - hard. At one point I had lost so much weight that when I went to give blood they made me get on the scale to make sure I was at a safe weight to be donating. Obsession would be accurate. That was then.

For the past 12 years I've been a faithful and avid gym enthusiast. But, when I finally got pregnant, after four years of trying, the doctors banned me from the gym because the baby wasn't gaining enough weight and they weren't sure if the gym was a contributing factor. Yikes.

Needless to say, I was the Pillsbury Dough Girl when I had Nathan! I really could have cared less because the baby's health was the only thing that mattered. But, five weeks after my C-section I was back in the gym. The weight has come off slow and I got on the scale for the first time since being pregnant this week. I was mentally ready.

I will freely admit, I'm not prepregnancy weight yet - I have almost two pounds to go . And, I've figured out a way to get there.

I really dislike cardio - it bores me but I appreciate it's value and know I need to just do it. So, I got creative.

I've figured out a way to attach my lap top to my treadmill!!!! Now, when Nathan takes his morning nap I do my school work, listen to XM radio, and distract myself online!! It's awesome. I've written this entire post from my treadmill!!! Who said you can't do it or have it all!!!

I have a new reason to be obsessed about my health - Nathan. I need to be around for a long time - I need to know he's going to be ok. Sure, I know God is in control of the timing but I have to do what I can ~ my part.

Friday, February 6, 2009

When Preparation Meets Opportunity

How do you define luck? Some say, there is no such thing as luck - they define it as “preparation meeting opportunity” and I'd have to agree.

When I resigned from the Senate, I titled my post “the right decisions are not always the easiest ones to make” and although it was a difficult decision - I didn’t give you the whole story. So, here it is ~ the truth and nothing but the truth. But first, a little historical context.

When my sister and I were growing up our father pushed us to do well in school - it was our ticket to a better life. His fatherly encouragement existed for another reason too - he wanted to make sure that if anything every happened to him, my sister and I would be able to take care of ourselves. I'm not sure my father intended the lesson to sink in so well. Once I had been in college for about 6 or 7 years, he began joking that I’d be there for life – he was convinced I was never leaving. Turns out he was right - again. After completing my graduate degree I began teaching college.

So, although I resigned from the Senate, I still have one of the most fulfilling careers imaginable – I teach college level Political Science. I love everything about being in the classroom and having the responsibility for educating our youth (future leaders). A responsibility I take very seriously. I know I have the opportunity to inspire them to greatness and I love that!

This position is also the reason I'm able to be home with Nathan. Preparation met opportunity.

So far, the transition has been seamless - my schedule at the college is perfect. The few hours I’m not home, Nathan is with his aunt or his grandfather. I have the best of both worlds – I’m able to care for my son and still be a contributing member of my household and the world.

I don't know how I got so lucky! :-)
Thanks Dad.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Swing Low Sweet Chariot...

Whether you have a child with a disability in therapy or not - this is fun! We're going to check e-bay for one of these babies!

Party with Peter Parker (you know Spider-man!)

Nathan had a blast celebrating Spider-man's birthday (a.k.a. Little Kevie) this weekend. He was even nice enough to take this picture and give Nathan his autograph! What a guy that superhero is!