December 8th is a very important date for me; it always has been and always will be. December 8, 1927, my grandmother (or “Gram” as I always called her) was born. Her name was Evelyn and everyone called her Evie. I loved my Gram so much that I named my four month old daughter after her. I can already tell that my little Evie is going to have some of my Gram in her. I am hoping that one of those traits is that my Gram was always so active; growing up as a tomboy, climbing trees and constantly playing outside.
To get my little Evie off to a good start, we exercise together! She loves to have me hold her as I am moving, giving her comfort with my inhales and exhales. Below is a series of 5 exercises you can do with your Baby Pea so that one day they too will grow up to be a Fit Pea!
- Stand with feet wide and hold Baby Pea close to your chest. Squat down and up 20 times.
- Sit on floor with knees bent, feet on ground, and lean upper body back 5 inches. Holding Baby Pea with both hands, twist your torso to one side of your and then to the other side, having baby’s feet touch the floor beside you with each twist. Do a total of 20 twists.
- Lay on back with kneed bent, feet on ground and rest Baby Pea on their bottom on your lower abdominals. Slowly lift your hips as you peel your spine off the floor one vertebrae at a time. Then roll back down one vertebrae at time till your tailbone is back on the floor. Do 10 times.
- Stay laying on the floor and let your legs lay flat on floor with legs glued together. Have Baby Pea in both hands with arms extended right above your chest. Breathing out, roll your upper body off the floor, taking Baby Pea with you while reaching towards your toes, and then roll back down to your start position. Do 10 times.
- Lay Baby Pea on her back on the floor and go on to all fours right over her. Extend one leg at a time till you are in a plank, looking down at your baby. Hold the plank for 10 seconds while breathing on your baby. Then rest your knees down. Do 4 more times.
– Molly Markham Lipp