Sunday, May 11, 2008

Being a mom...

Top 10 things I learned in motherhood this year...

  • I can survive on 3 hours of sleep
  • Kainoa's food stuck to his car seat tastes really good after a long run
  • Jogging strollers are AWESOME for long runs- they are like traveling aid stations!
  • I can handle 10 hours of anything after giving birth
  • It's okay to eat food off the floor
  • Crying does make you feel better & usually gets you what you want
  • No sense in crying over spilled milk- it is going to keep on spilling...every day!
  • All foods can be finger foods
  • My boobs and butt will never be the same post-baby
  • A hug & kiss from my son makes everything better

Happy Mother's Day mommy's!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the photo with you and your son. Happy Mother's Day. I am the "Running Mom" who was looking for the pink shorts:) Thanks for the help. They are ordered...just in the wrong size. They were out of mine so I hope they still fit. I admire how you balance being a mom and an awesome athlete. My husband just did his first IronMan in Arizona and I linked on to your blog while searching all kinds of triathlon things (B/c I got the "IronMan bug." Maybe I could get some thoughts on the best way to manage training with small children! I have 3 (3 and under) and you're right a kiss makes it all better!! They are great! Happy Mother's Day!!

May 11, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Anonymous Naughty said... are beautiful..........I am a 40 year old mother of two kids; 7 and 7 mos.......and I learn all the time from you on what it means to be strong and what it means to have the courage to be a passionate woman. Thank you and Happy Mother's day to a sincere class act.


May 11, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Blogger BreeWee said...

Running mom... Please email me if you need any mom/athlete advice! I had horrible baby blues post baby and got all kinds of help, now that I am loving life as a mom/athlete/wife I would LOVE to help! You can totally do it and not give up family time for training (well maybe a few hours :)).
Here is my email:

And I am glad you got your shorts!

May 11, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

Glad you enjoyed your Mother's day -I cannot believe it's almost 2 yrs. already..You have done a great job along the way Bree and I have seen such growth within you from raising Kainoa and learning how to manage being a mom in general.

And as far as the eating out of his car seat (wouldn't put it past you)...
spilled milk (kainoa is kinda messy)...

You two are too funny!!

May 11, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

HAPPY MAMA'S DAY!!! i hope you enjoyed your special day and are becoming the mom that you always wanted to be:)
isn't it funny how time goes by when you are having fun! i totally agree with your list...i too have 'recycled' lots of snacks before - they always seem to be everywhere - and you don't want to let them go to waste....

May 11, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Blogger Beth said...

Happy Mother's Day Bree!!! (one day too late :) Hope it was a great one. I love the list of things you learned....especially the jogging stroller being a "moving aid station"!! Have a great day!

May 11, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Blogger Jodi said...

Think it would look weird if I got a stroller just to stash my gatorade? Maybe I could throw my dog in it?

Great post, and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! You seem like a truly fantastic role model for that little cutie.



May 11, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart said...

I think you meant to say "I can handle 9 hours of anything after giving birth". All the best in October.

May 11, 2008 at 11:47 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

"Crying does make you feel better & usually gets you what you want." I would never have the guts to admit that one out loud. Ha! I don't know about eating the melted food stuck to the car seats though... maybe it's a mom thing... Was there hair stuck in it?

May 12, 2008 at 1:30 AM

Blogger James Cotter said...

No worries Bree. I knew you were talking about me instead of Amy. Ha ha! I look at the book Skinny Bitch. I'm always up for a good read in that area. James and I try to eat dairy free and wheat free as much as possible, but mainly because I am lactose intolerant and wheat affects me as well. Gotta love it! By the way, Contrats on st. croix!!!!

May 12, 2008 at 2:19 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Happy Mother's Day Bree! What a great post!!! Very happy to hear that things are going well. All the Camp HTFU Ladies are SO HAPPY for you and your training/racing/life success. Keep up the good work! We toasted you with cake and cookies this past weekend!

May 12, 2008 at 2:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bree, Happy Mother's Day! Isn't that the truth about giving birth and then EVERYTHING else seems silly easy!! I was in labor for 15 hours (nothing compared to most), but after that, I can do anything. Hope you enjoyed your day! Jen H. :)

May 12, 2008 at 3:07 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Kainoa has a great mommy, so you deserved it!

May 12, 2008 at 3:23 AM

Blogger Rebecca DeWire said...

Hi Bree,
I am a new mom and really enjoy your blog. It is awesome to read about the life of such an awesome athlete who balances motherhood so well. My husband and I just love triathlon and have really made it a point to keep racing and having a ton of fun with triathlon even with a 3 month old.


May 12, 2008 at 3:55 AM

Blogger Jen said...

I guess you are refering to IM when you say that you can handle 10 hrs of anything after living through child birth. After I finished my IM I kept saying,"Man, that was worse than giving birth."

Hope you guys had a great mother's day!

May 12, 2008 at 5:13 AM

Blogger Mer! said...

Hi Bree,
My name is Mer and I found your blog through my coach's--Amanda and I just wanted to say that I think you are truly an inspiration to moms and athletes! You seem to have a great balance between family and work...though I know it probably gets out of whack from time to time you handle everything with grace!

I'm a competitive age-grouper contemplating having kids in the next year and i'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about having kids and being able to fit in time for some "training/fun"....and when I read your blog it totally gives me hope that it IS possible to have a balance--it just takes some scheduling and "strollering!" =0

I think you're just an awesome chick and your blog is super fun to read! Thanks for always having something fun to say!

May 12, 2008 at 5:18 AM

Blogger Mel said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT....the photo is too cute....Yeah I am still waiting for my a$$ to come back..4kids did me in...but they are worth every fat roll :)
Look what a WONDERFUL Mom you have become....can totally see the bond in the photo's :)
GOD, I could totally need a girl chat right now..miss ya

May 12, 2008 at 7:10 AM

Blogger Ange said...

Happy Mother's Day to you! Great list. We learn a lot from our little people don't we. Our bodies are never the same are they...neither is life though. And it's all for the better! You're doing great making it all balance.

May 12, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Blogger ayesha said...


Thanks for the kind words you left me (on paper and through the 'inter-net'). Congrats on a couple of great races since leaving Australia. Keep it up! I hope I get to race you the pool ( don't get any ideas about me doing long stuff).

May 12, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Great stuff. Great perspective Bree.

May 12, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

Bizzy Wee, (okay you have to see my blog today to get that - HILARIOUS!!)

I can always count on your blog for bringing a smile to my face. I LOVED your post and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU!!!

You do such a great job of keeping everything in perspective and finding humor in so many things.



May 12, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Blogger Jen in Budapest said...

You're an awesome Mama,Bree!! So glad the boys can join you in Japan! Woo hoo and Hallelu :D

May 18, 2008 at 8:31 AM


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