20 Min Home Workout (Baby Optional!)

Now that I have sweet Luke, the days of going to the gym whenever I want are over. So, I’ve decided to embrace home workouts and practices. I recently started with this simple 20 minute workout posted at my local 24 Hour Fitness by one of the trainers, Xavier.  I adapted it to incorporate little Luke and he had a ball.  I even recruited my husband John to join us. We were actually sore the next day!

20 minute workout board
Here is the workout. It’s basic but it keeps you movin’ and groovin.’ Get your timer out and set it to one minute. If you are using your phone, put it on airplane mode. You can escape for 20 minutes and you definitely don’t want any push notifications, texts or calls distracting you from your goal.
Angela Luke pre workout
Here is Luke and I pre-workout. We are pretty energized and ready for action!
Angela push up Luke rocker
Luke loves his rocker. After having a C-section delivery, push ups aren’t as easy for me as they used to be. Using the rocker and my knees as a base is a fun way to incorporate Luke while keeping my incision site chilled out.

Angela push up Luke
Another fun way to do a pushup is old-school style on the floor or a mat. Placing the baby below you will help you lower to the perfect place. Do not let your shoulders go lower than your elbows.
Angela jumping jack Luke
Everyone knows how to do a jumping jack. I just did it in front of Luke and he thought it was the funniest thing in the world.

This video isn’t the best but you know how to do a basic squat, right? To supercharge the squat (and make it more fun for your little one), hold the baby in front of you and keep your chest lifted as you squat.

In this exercise, Roxy, Bella and Luke joined in on the fun. To do a forearm plank, draw your shoulder blades in and down, draw your belly in and engage your legs. You can also drop your knees to modify.

Luke born to play golf
Once you are done, Luke suggests laying out your play mat and taking a nap. 🙂

We hope you enjoy the family workout as much as we did. If so, share it with your friends!

Plans Shmans

Luke’s Lessons
“Plans Shmans”

Angela Luke first meeting
The very moment I met my sweet baby boy.

A few months into my pregnancy, I started to envision the delivery day.  I researched, asked friends about their experiences, and went to a lot of childbirth classes.  The birthing class leaders told us to write a birth plan, which included anything from who you wanted in the room to what type of music, scents, and medication you did or didn’t want during the delivery.  I had a pretty clear picture of Luke’s birth. It would be incredibly painful, I knew, because I wanted a natural birth (or “normal birth” as they called it in our childbirth classes). I, under no circumstances, was going to have a “non-normal” Cesarean birth.  I would use the hippie dippie tub to ease my pain.  I would have lavender scent throughout the room. John would use yoga assists to help me calm down and we would ujjayi breath together. My favorite Jason Mraz song “Living in the Moment” would be playing in the background. It would be the way nature intended it.  And I would wear my momma badge proudly.

As I was planning this experience, Luke was on a different path. He decided to get cozy in the breech position which means his little head was up instead of down. He stayed this way, week after week.  I looked into ways to “turn” him (including practicing headstands) but nothing seemed to work. With my amniotic fluid going down coupled with the fact that I am a first time mom, the odds were not in my favor for him to do a half somersault and cooperate with me. Doctors no longer deliver breech babies the “normal” way.  They deliver breech babies by Cesarean section.   My birth plan was toast. This kid was coming out surgically.

I was pretty bummed about this realization but decided to accept what is and plan for a new kind of “perfect” delivery.  I asked my doctor if I could play my music during the birth.  It was pretty much the only thing I could add to the experience since we were in a sterile operating room.  No tubs, birthing balls, or yummy scents allowed.

There is so much I can share about the birth, and I will in other posts and in my classes, but for today, my biggest lesson to share is this: have a plan but be open, able, and willing to change it at any moment because when you least expect it, the Universe (or your little unborn baby) will decide something different for you.

As Luke entered the world, “Living in the Moment” was playing.  John was holding my hand.  The tech took photos with our “good” camera (although I am not sure I wanted to see everything she captured!).  Tears filled my eyes.  Our little man was here.  I was a mom (I earned my badge)! John was a dad.  Suddenly the delivery method made zero difference to either of us.  We were in awe. We were in love.  We experienced true magic.

And what is “normal” anyway?

 “Normal”? I didn’t have a “normal” experience with either of my babies…My first was in the hospital for two extra days due to contaminated bloodwork, and my second was in the NICU because he had a hole in his tiny lung. Now, they are both happy and healthy…and the only thing I care about is the fact that I can snuggle their cute little faces any time I want! 🙂
 Exactly! Normal is such a silly way to put it. I too was surprised by my C-section– people kept saying “you’re in such good space; you won’t have any issues.” We really just never know what our bodies will do! For my second, I tried for a VBAC. My water broke, got to 5cm… then they saw he was breech. Healthy kids are all that matter!