Up at 7:30 a.m. for 8:00 a.m. BodyStep class. Feels practically sinful given my Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. wake ups.

Hear Kate in her crib singing “DADA DAAAAADA DADADADADA DA DA DA.” Find her cuteness almost too irresistible to leave, but I do. Today my friend/instructor, Kim, teaches BodyStep, and it is not to be missed.

Head home after a good sweat, Dan and Kate head out to procure bagels while I shower. Breakfast together. We don’t eat breakfast together Monday through Friday, so I relish lazy weekend mornings. Squirt whip cream in my coffee because that’s how I like it. Read the paper, chat, play with Kate. Decide to take a walk even though it feels like 95 degrees. But, the lack of humidity makes it feel warm instead of like choking on pea soup while walking through a rain forest.

Kate falls asleep in her stroller. Proceed to clean up, get organized for the day. Leave Kate in her stroller parked in the living room. Kate wakes up, feed her lunch, play, try to put her down for a real nap (given the stroller nap only lasted 30 minutes).

While Kate fusses in her crib, Dan works on hitching the baby trailer to my new bike. What new bike, you ask? Look for more detail soon in another post. High fives to Dan for figuring out how to collapse the trailer and how to hitch it to my bike. Take the bike out for my first test run with my cycle shoes. Momentary panic because, well, it takes some getting used to, clicking your feet in the pedals without falling over. Dan holds onto the bike like a parent would a child while I figure out how to click in without falling over. Laugh because our neighbors probably think I don’t know how to ride a bike. Click in, Dan let’s go, and off I ride.

Come back after mastering how to click in and out. Dan hitches up the trailer for me to test (without Kate). I say I know how to do it, I’m fine. Proceed to clip in my left shoe, find myself off balance, and crash in my driveway. Tear a chunk out of my knee. Breathe a sigh of relief because I needed to take a tumble, so I would not be scared any more. Try again and this time succeed.

After a turn around the neighborhood, feel good about taking Kate with me the next time. Clean up my knee and send my Week in the Life pictures to Winkflash. Kate wakes up, feed her animal crackers – her new favorite snack – and pop her in the bike trailer. She loves it. We tool around the neighborhood, so I can practice pulling her weight and clipping in and out without tumbling off the bike.

Arrive home, clean up, no one feels like cooking, head to Red Robin for dinner. Enjoy a guacamole burger. Realize how hungry I am. Kate eats cheese and french fries. Head home to play a bit, Kate chases Belle and tries to give her kisses. Night time for Kate, ice cream and TV shows for her parents.

Observations: Having my camera out and at the ready helps me capture so many more moments that I otherwise would never have seen.


Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.