And for the cost of a simple but absolutely delicious lunch at The Beer Farm, the kids spent a couple of happy hours on this water slide! Simple fun!
Now to ease back into home life… Well, after the last pile of holiday washing is done.
I am grateful that my dear friend had the courage to refer me to the fit2b website when she learnt of it. Anyone who knows me in real life will know that I always have a 'mummy tummy' ( in other words, I always look five months pregnant even when I'm not). For many, many years I have been asked at least once a week 'when are you due'.
I have known all that time that something wasn't right w.r.t. my tummy, but the only response I ever got from midwives and doctors was 'well, you've had a baby/two babies/three babies/etc'. So I pushed on with life, and exercised hard, including running. I tried to research tummy support for running, because I knew that, although my pelvic floor is strong, my tummy wasn't 'holding itself' as well as it should.
Discovering fit2b and the Tummy Team has filled in the empty spaces that have been there for so long. I finally have a good understanding of how my core works. Although a mummy tummy is often due to a large diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles), my DR was not too big. My muscles are simply weak. I now also know how to build up these muscles all day long, and avoid activities which damage them.
Being pregnant again, I am particularly concerned with how weak my core is. Towards the end of my last pregnancy, I could hardly walk. There were muscles which simply wouldn't work anymore. I found out about fit2b about a week before I found out that I was pregnant – and I am so glad I did. My bump is already quite large heavy, and I am nervous about having to carry the baby for another four months, but having my new knowledge (and people to go to for help if new issues arise) is a huge comfort.
The two companies work together. Fit2b is an online fitness company. Taking out a monthly membership gives you access to 70 or so online video workouts that are all tummy-safe (none of them include exercises that damage your core. Starting with very basic workouts that teach you how to engage your core, the workouts cover all levels of fitness.
If you have a larger diastasis recti, or a very weak core, fit2b will refer you to the Tummy Team for core rehab. I am currently completing a 6week prenatal core rehab program (online) with the Tummy Team. I have learnt so much about how our core was created, and how to heal it and care for it. I wish I'd known all this years ago.
Both fit2b and the Tummy Team credit God as the Creator of our amazing bodies, and stress the importance of our core as our God-given girdle, and how we were designed to be able heal. (Many women have been able to heal their core with these companies, where the doctor's only suggested solution was surgery.)
I could go on all day about the things I have learnt so far, but will spare you that here. I just really wanted to share, on the chance that this might be a great help to someone who reads this. Do go and visit the two companies online. There is so much good information there! I'm not sure how different this pregnancy will be compared to previous times, and I don't expect to have a flat tummy after six babies, but I am confident of gaining new strength in my core – strength to help me in all the tasks that go with the territory of being mum for many years to come. I'm super grateful for what fit2b and the Tummy Team have provided for myself and so many others around the world,
There are so many big and little things to be thankful for, but just sharing a few here…
…sprinkly, sparkly mornings…
...my bike… when I ride to school in the morning with my bike full of boys, I feel like I am living The Dream (whatever that is) and that there should be a feel-good sound track playing in the background…
…my handy husband and the new toy shelves he made us… I so love a good sort-and-organise project! The bulk of our toys are here now – just the Lego, puzzles and board games and a few boxes of blocks in the playroom. (These shelves are NOT in the playroom – I'd rather just pull out one or two buckets at a time, and I'm convinced children play better with limited, rather than unlimited toys!)
…internet shopping and my postman… except when Phil answers the front door right as the postie realises his package is actually for the next door neighbours, and says “oops, I'm just so used to coming here” – busted My comeback? Think of all the time I would have wasted driving all over the city to find and make those purchases…
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