This post also appeared on www.capecodonline.com/blogs in the opinion section of the Cape Cod Times, a division of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.
Well, yesterday was the big day.
This week is the first week I’m starting my permanent Saturday night shift, which means I have Wednesdays off to take care of Will. I have to admit I was a little nervous because MJ has spent most of her time taking care of him. Sure I’ve had him alone for a hours at a time, but never for an entire day. But as usual, I really had nothing to worry about.
I couldn’t sleep yesterday so the day started early. I put Will in the stroller shortly after MJ left for work, leashed up the dogs and went for a little stroll. Then I was hungry and figured I had the whole day off, why not treat myself? So it was off to Hollyberrys in Monument Beach, by far the best breakfast joint in town. I’m friendly with the owner, Jack White, after writing an article about the restaurant and I love all the waitresses there. They make fun of me all the time and we have a nice back and forth going whenever we go in there. Needless to say they all loved Will and he was the hit of the morning there. Everyone wanted to look at him, touch him and tell me how beautiful he is. Suffice it to say, I didn’t mind that.
But when I got back home, I realized the toughest thing about being home during the day (which I’m not at all used to) is going to be finding something to do. Within 10 minutes I was bored to tears and I learned that daytime TV sucks! So I packed Will up in the car and just started driving. We ended up in Yarmouth trying to visit my Grandma Carol, but she wasn’t home. So then it was off to the Cape Cod Mall where I bought a book at Barnes & Noble. I have to admit to feeling out of place though. The mall, during the day, is FILLED with mothers and their babies. There were strollers everywhere! I don’t mean anything negative by this, but I felt lazy being there. I’ve had a job since I was 15 and it was just very strange to see how the other half live. I didn’t like it, so I took off.
Later on in the afternoon I tried to pack Will into his new jogging stroller, but he’s still a little too small for it and I didn’t feel comfortable going for a run with the possibility of toppling out. And it’s a good thing I didn’t because he got very fussy in the early evening and I can’t imagine anything worse than a screaming baby, miles away from the car in the middle of a 5-mile run. Did I mention his “witching hour” is quickly because his “witching evening?” Seriously, his fussiness starts at 5:30 now and continues until bedtime. MJ thinks he’s teething but I’m not sure.
Switching gears, I’m happy to announce I’ve now lost 20 lbs in less than two months! I’m getting compliments from friends and neighbors, I feel terrific and I can run 5 miles without stopping now in 54 minutes. Again, not fast but I’m still proud of it. Unfortunately, my buddy Alex has lost about 50 lbs so I’m still trailing by a lot. But keep in mind, he was up near 350 lbs when this whole thing started.
I’ll probably take a little vacation from the blog over the long weekend so Happy 4th and go enjoy some parades and fireworks!