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The Capricorn child may be born looking like an old soul. This physical attribute will shift as the baby finds its childhood bearing, but the presence of an "old soul" will be apparent throughout life. There is a serious nature about Capricorn and a great determination to succeed. This personality trait will be become apparent as the child learns to walk and take care of its own basic needs (dressing, potty training, etc.). Parents may find this impressive focus "adorable," but it is important not to minimize the seriousness Capricorn children bring to these tasks. They tend to set ambitious goals and meet them when they are encouraged to be true to themselves.

Capricorns may have pronounced foreheads and remarkable eyes. As children, they do not readily participate in frivolous games and activities, preferring to learn and apply their knowledge to acquire greater skill. Games like chess may be preferred. Capricorn children will treasure the parent who teaches them practical skills. There is also a great respect for manner and tradition in this personality. Your child may show an interest in older cultures such as Japan, China, and even Europe. Exposure to these cultures through fairytales, children's books, and videos will be a delight for your young Capricorn.

Capricorn children may feel extremely empathic when forming relationships with peers although they may not always have the words to express the deep emotions they experience. Your support in connecting emotions with language will be vital to their development. Foundation and structure is essential to this sign. Young Capricorns will be conscious of their foundation from a young age. The best way to show your respect for your Capricorn child is through regularity and dependability.

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Apr 18, 2008
Baby Journal: Fitness Prospect

Since finding out I was pregnant, I was cleared to run and keep up my fitness routine since I had been doing it for so long before we actually conceived.  The only thing that had to change was going from a High Intensity Training (HIT) Center Boot Camp twice a week to getting back to the boring old gym for boring old work outs twice a week.

Honestly, and this is going to sound bad, weight gain terrifies me.  I have worked for over a year and a half to lose about 45 pounds.  I wanted to lose 60 total, but the last 15 just didn't come off before I managed to get knocked up.  So having to come to grips with putting on 25 to 30 pounds just puts a knot in my tail.  I know, I know, most of it is baby, placenta, ect ect.  It doesn't make it any easier.

In an attempt to keep my weight under control through this process, and to maintain the flexibility, as well as the muscle tone that I built up, I contacted the trusty folks over at the HIT center and inquired if they offer a pregnancy program.  I have been with them and their Boot Camp since June of last year.  They helped get me in shape to run my first 5k, and many many races beyond it, as well as drop 15 pounds.  They helped me see a size 6, and my toes again.  I trust no one more than this fine group of trainers and athletes when it comes to my physical well being and fitness.

And in total awesomeness, I recieved a return email from Mel this morning:

"Yes we do have a pregnancy program. We also have a Post partum program for after the baby comes.  Most doctors will tell you what you can and can't do. It also depends on the Trimesters that you are in to determine the intensity. The intensity will definetly not be as intense as you may be used to, but you have to understand you are providing for two, not just one.  In terms of Heart Rate, our guidelines state not to go over 130bpm for the cardio. So therefore you will be constantly moving the whole hour because you can get your heart rate as high. You will continue to work on your strength and core as well.  As you get in your last trimester, your body's ligaments are loose (which means not as stable) for childbirth so we will adjust accordingly.

We can take care of you. I do recommend talking with your doctor first and then before you schedule in the HIT Center give me a call. It is important to get the same trainer on this matter."

What great news!!  It was rather sweet to talk to Mel again about my pending fitness.  She was the one who convinced me that after my not-so-stellar individual training session (read: ass kicking) that I can do the Boot Camp course easily.  It wasn't as easy as she said it was, but it became easier.  Every notch they took it up, I overcame it, and have come out the other side in great shape. 

For them to have a maternity program is just amazing to me.  And for her to say we can take care of you, just made me tear up a bit.  I trust them.  Not only with my well being, but the well being of the babe as well.  If the price isn't too ridiculous, then this pregnancy is going to rock out.  I will be able to hand down my emphasis on health and fitness (not a warped body image of having to be skinny at all costs) to my child.  And I'm lucky enough to be able to keep going now versus just starting out.

Posted at 12:41 pm by Candy


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