Late night reading #1

Breastfeeding is fantastic for so many reasons – but it’s also incredibly limiting, especially at night time when I can’t put an episode of Dexter on in the background to keep me entertained without waking Dan!  (Although to be honest, as he seems to be able to sleep right through Oscar’s cries, I should probably give up tiptoeing around the room in the middle of the night!)

I’m exclusively breastfeeding Oscar at the moment and although I no longer dread the cry indicating that he needs feeding, the time goes by much faster when I can read articles on my tablet during the night feeds whilst I wait for him to be done.  (This sometimes takes up to 30 minutes, and in the early days it could take him up to an hour at a time!)

Here are some articles I have found interesting/funny/entertaining/relevant/disturbing over the past couple of weeks and thought I would share…

I’m not the person you married – This article rung very true when a friend shared it on Facebook last week.  During the week when Dan comes home from work I hand over Oscar, before cooking tea, washing up and then getting on with all those tasks I couldn’t do during the day because I required two hands and to not have a crying baby on my shoulder!
On Friday night we actually sat down to watch a film once Oscar had settled down to sleep and all I could think about was ‘I need to get the washing up done whilst he’s asleep, and I also need to make sure Oscar’s changing bag is restocked for our trip out in the morning!’  Needless to say I left Dan watching the film alone, although he assured me that he didn’t mind.  (I think he was probably annoyed at how fidgety I’d been during the first 15 minutes anyway!)

The 6 easy graphs of parkrun – Some fabulous graphs displayed on a whiteboard illustrating ‘findings’ from those who enjoy parkrun.

Parkrun graphs

Points league announcement at parkrun – For those who haven’t heard, parkrun have decided to stop the points league generated on their website.  Although I can see why some people might be disappointed, parkrun have always ‘prided themselves in breaking down barriers to participation and welcoming people no matter what their background or ability’, and I personally think this decision is a great one that truly fits with the whole ethos of parkrun.

Exercise and postnatal depression – I spent six weeks feeling trapped in the house with a new baby that I knew nothing about!  Although I have learnt so much about Oscar now, and feel that we have established a solid bond, I was more than ready to get out and about and exercising again once I was given the go-ahead from the doctor.  If only there had been a photographer about to capture my grin as I completed my first run back post birth.

Does treat food always have to be unhealthy? – I find it pretty horrific as a teacher (and now also a parent!) that 26,000 children in the UK had to have rotten teeth removed in hospital last year!  I fully intend on providing natural food choices for Oscar as far as possible, but restaurants are making things harder and harder for when you want to eat out as a ‘treat’.

And lastly, not an article, but check out this awesome PB tee* which came up on my Facebook feed the other day.  It comes in ten different colours with both child and adult sizes, and has space for you to add your current PBs for all to see!

PB t-shirt

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6 thoughts on “Late night reading #1

  1. Those parkrun graphs are fab!
    I agree with the parkrun points thing- I think for smaller runs it works fine, as everyone gets some points (not just the 1) but for big ones a lot of people will only get the 1 if they finish after the top 100, and although at the birthday it’s nice to clap the people, I think the ones like volunteer awards or the most improved have more meaning than the people who pretty much go each week and are near the front.
    Maria @ runningcupcake recently posted…Starting to feel festive! And a ponder on running challengesMy Profile

    1. Yeah, the graphs did make me smile!
      I agree, it does depend on the size of the parkrun. I think overall it’s a good change, but I can understand why people are a little disappointed by it.

  2. That’s interesting about the points table. I have to say I did enjoy it last year when I was striving to get to the top at Netley – it gave me a good focus. It also didn’t depend on where you came really, as long as you consistently showed up (obviously if you were consistent AND came near the top you were more likely to get up there). For the female’s it was easier for a “not as fast as the crazy fast” runner, but for the guys it was near impossible for a middle of the pack runner. I’m not hugely bothered it’s going though, it was fun to look at but I can understand the rationale for not having it anymore!
    Those graphs are brilliant! And so true. In no other circumstance would I willingly go outside in barely anything mid-winter.
    Anna @AnnaTheApple recently posted…Back to parkrun and training like a girlMy Profile

    1. I can imagine it would be a good way to focus if you were able to attend the same parkrun each week. It rewards consistency over speed for a change, although obviously, there is an element of speed required too.

    1. I do have a tablet, and I never considered putting headphones in to be honest! Not long after I posted this he began sleeping through the night luckily. It’s hard to dip in and out of shows though, as sometimes he may only feed for 5 minutes.

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