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Mom On The Run: Training For My First 10k

I'm never one to back down from a challenge. Crazy or not, I will NOT be outdone. I'm convinced it's due to my only child status, but I digress. So when an acquaintenance casually mentioned that they were doing a 10k, I indirectly took it as a challenge, and a little too quickly said 'I'm going to do it too'. Seriously, what was I thinking?!?

So the date is set: October 13, 2012, I am doing the New York Rock &…


Added by Nicole Aikins on July 24, 2012 at 11:35pm — 2 Comments

Driving While Mommying

So I had a VERY scary moment the other day. While driving to take my daughter to daycare (a 35 minute drive from home), my daughter went into her usual morning routine:

  • Baby drops cup
  • Mommy (myself) reaches back to find cup
  • Baby cries for toy
  • Mommy reaches to find one of the 1000 toys that are in the backseat
  • Baby throws the toy that Mommy gave her because it's the BROWN horse and not the BLACK…

Added by Nicole Aikins on May 17, 2012 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

When 'It's Official' Really Set In

So it's really, really official. I became a 'Single Mommy' right before Thanksgiving. It really hurt. 8.5 years, 1 child, and now it's done. The biggest challenge that I've faced is how to co-parent without impacting my daughter's schedule or happiness. I am thankful that she's young and resillient. Her father and I never co-habitated, so it wasn't as hard to deal with someone moving out, although he did take his things. I thought that it would be harder, but I'm dealing pretty well. Trust…


Added by Nicole Aikins on February 6, 2012 at 12:07pm — 5 Comments

When Momma's Got To Work

I consider my life a fine dance in balancing work, family, and personal obligations. Sometimes, my rhythm is a little off, and other times, I feel like I should be a contestant on 'So You Think You Can Dance'. Being a mom is challenging within itself, but adding the pressures of working outside the home really takes extreme coordination between all facets of my life. I still remember my first day back to work after maternity leave, crying as I pulled out of my parking lot, thinking 'How am I…


Added by Nicole Aikins on November 3, 2011 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments

The Mommymoon

Sometimes, we just need a break. A long, long, break. Life can be overwhelming at times, with dance practice, gymnastics, the daycare shuffle, work, the gym, dinner, laundry, and oh yeah, sleep. Sometimes, I wish that I could put a pause button on everything, and take a time out. I've written about this before (Mommies At Play: Mommy Needs A Moment), and life has recently shown me that we Mommies deserve to take some time for ourselves. I've… Continue

Added by Nicole Aikins on October 16, 2011 at 11:14pm — 7 Comments

Sports & Competition: Is There A Limit?

I was recently watching an episode of Dance Moms on Lifetime, and during the episode, the mothers of the girls, also known as the 'Dance Moms' alluded to the fact that the dance teacher was too competitive by continuously setting up the students against each other. The students seem to have become rivals in the episode, as the girls were all vying for the top spot on Abby Lee Miller's (dance choreographer & studio… Continue

Added by Nicole Aikins on August 2, 2011 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

Getting Off The Couch....and Getting It Together

As I sit on my couch writing this article, I have been thinking (for the last few hours actually) that I should be exercising. Hi, my name is Nicole Aikins and I’m a make-an-excuse-for-working-out-aholic. As my introductory post on Meridian Momtourage, I really wanted this post to be inspiring, but at the core, I have to be honest: I just make too many excuses. Recently I had an ‘aha’ moment that has curbed all excuses and let me know that my health is more important than anything. Two…


Added by Nicole Aikins on July 12, 2011 at 4:04pm — 4 Comments


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