Mom you always were the perfect fan.Mon May 14, 2018
The future generation of Zengo Cycle is growing, and the new additions are chunky, cheeky, and MY are they cute. We spent the weekend spoiling and celebrating our #zenfam moms. Seasoned moms, working moms, stepmoms, grandmoms, single moms, dog moms… to name a few! Today we want to share with you our excitement over our NEW moms. Last week we spent an afternoon in the sun with three beautiful blondes and their three beautiful babies. Gushing over headbands, blue eyes, chubby cheeks, empathizing over sleepless nights, sharing lessons already learned, and wishing time would stop moving so fast.
MEET THE #ZENBABIES!
Addison Quinn, born January 3rd, the daughter of instructor Teryn, and her husband Ray. At 4 months old, she recognizes who her parents are, smiles, laughs, ‘coos’, rolls over, loves to stand up, does nightly ‘squats’ with her daddy, loves bath time, and loves to sleep at night!
Lillian Maria, born February 6th, the daughter of instructor Natalie, and her husband Nick. Lillian loves to splash in the bathtub and listen to mom and dad stumble over reading Dr. Seuss.
James Benjamin, born April 9th, the son of instructor Kelsey, and her husband James. He loves tummy-time, Drake, The Greatest Showman, rocking on the porch chairs in his diaper with his daddy, and is a great sleeper!
We took the little ones for a short stroll in the sun, and then introduced them to the dim lights and fancy bikes of the studio. A few smiles, a few tears, a little vomit, a dirty diaper or two, and unanimous good spirits from the mommas. The conversation lightly flowed as each one proved themselves to be a master of multitasking. “How often do you guys try to have a ‘date night’ with your hubby?” “Have you been using the pee-pee-tee-pee?” “I washed my hair today!”
Natalie on how to (attempt) to achieve a work/life/family balance…
I’m still trying to figure it out, but am taking it one day at a time. A good friend told me recently that no one looks back and wishes they had worked more. It’s the moments with friends and family that make this life rich! I’ve been blessed to have been surrounded by a loving family my whole life.
Teryn reflects on the new meaning of “honor your body”...
Being pregnant and having a child is one of the most humbling experiences I have ever been through. Not only did I feel new physical demands that I never thought were possible, I have been more mentally and emotionally challenged than I have ever been in my life. My #1 goal is to be patient with myself and my body in it’s journey through recovering from childbirth, getting back in shape, and getting my "old body" back. Losing the baby weight has been much more challenging than I expected, but I am reminded everyday when I look at Addison that the extra few pounds I still carry are so worth it. I find that I am listening to by body more than ever now. Instead of exercising 3-4 times a day like I was pre-pregnancy and being exhausted, I am happy if I can get one hour of exercise to myself and devote the rest of my energy to raising our girl. I have reached levels of exhaustion that I never knew existed. But I remind myself that I am entitled to an afternoon nap and a 9pm bedtime now.
Kelsey offers a few pieces of advice for new moms on how to get back into a workout routine…
Make your goal ‘movement’ - not an intense workout. Start with long walks, dance moves in the kitchen with your baby, moving your body in a workout class. Your body will tell you when it’s ready to add more.
Sign up for classes in advance and get your partner on board with how they can support you. Accountability via not wanting to waste money plus a supportive partner to give you that hour of you time are crucial to establishing a routine.
Adjust. A 10am Saturday class may now be when you need to feed your baby, so be open to alternative opportunities and schedules.
It’s powerful to hear these new mommas recognize the importance of self-care and maintaining the most important relationship of all - the one we have with ourselves. Whether it’s a moment here, a minute there, or an hour later, we all still need a little “zen” - even if it takes on a new form. So, what does that look like now?
“My moment is getting REALLY sweaty in a workout - and if you’ve been to my class, you know it’s not hard for me - and then taking a long shower. Bonus zen points if I get to wash my hair!” - Natalie
“My zen moments happen in the morning. I wake up around 7am, and Addison typically sleeps until about 8. My husband and our dog are still asleep. So it’s just me on the couch with a cup of coffee. And… a glass of wine in the evening comes in as a close second…” - Teryn
“Zen moments are now little moments I never appreciated before. The solo, silent car ride to the store, a 20-minute nap, a workout with two of my favorite songs, 30 minutes where my husband and I have the energy to hang out and talk anything non-baby. Most of all, the ENTIRE Zengo 50-minutes that I can selfishly focus on myself, my mind, my body, and my love for music and movement, with no baby to feed, no house to clean.” - Kelsey