Home ยป Family Friday (vol. 57): Transitions and YouTube Workouts

Family Friday (vol. 57): Transitions and YouTube Workouts

In the blink of an eye (seriously, it was like 4 months), Shea is transitioning to the Primary room at her Montessori. Her teachers starting talking about her readiness to transition a few weeks ago and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Yes, I knew this day was coming…but she’s not even 3 yet. Having her last stop before kindergarten set in stone was an emotional wrecking ball for me. There were quite literally tears on my way to work and more so than any other “milestone” to date, this is the one that has me craving her to just STOP. GROWING. UP.

So on Monday morning, she will be in a Primary room that does not nap. She will be marked “tardy” if she arrives past 8:10am (WHAT?) and she’s going to be learning alongside kids twice her age – the room is 3 to 6-year-olds. It’s so bittersweet.

With this transition, the Shea-isms are free-flowing. A few that come to mind…

  • As I was strapping Shea in her car seat, heading home for the day, I asked her if she had napped that day at daycare. “Nope,” she said. “I’m getting too big for naps.” She was totally serious and proceeded to then pop her thumb in her mouth and bat her gorgeous, long, dark eyelashes for just a split second. This girl… <3
  • I’ve been asking her if she’s my baby lately. I am promptly told, “NO. I’m a big girl. I’m going to Primary.” And with that, “I’m getting too big for diapers” (she’s potty trained but wears them at nap and bedtime).
  • My most favorite funny was just last night. She was goofing off and I said jokingly, “You turkey!” She looked at me and with a very serious look informed me, “I’m not food!” I roared.

I’m so glad she still sucks her thumb, asks to cuddle, and needs help getting dressed and putting on her shoes. My BABY is growing up so fast and it’s really tough and at the same time, so, so wonderful to see her soar.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been motivated by my amazing team to add resistance training into my workout regimen. I’m ashamed to say I have done NO resistance training since before Shea was born and that is sad, pathetic, and not okay! I have been committed to running, tennis, and hockey, but I lack strength, toning, and flexibility. I was introduced to Shelly Dose workouts and she’s awesome! I’ve been aiming for 2 per week and the nice part is she offers workouts that are super short, or up to an hour…and everything in between. It’s been a fun and challenging addition to my workout regimen and I encourage anyone who might benefit from HIIT or resistance training to check her out!

I was also encouraged to check out Millionare Hoy – but this workout had me nearly stroking out after 5 minutes and I quickly resorted back to Shelly 🙂

Have a great weekend – we’re celebrating lots of birthday and have the whole family in to celebrate!

Be well,


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  1. Kathleen Foyle
    September 30, 2017 / 9:22 am

    My husband and I have been working out together (we’re retired) every morning for over a year. We follow Jessica Smith on Youtube. Tons of workouts. Check her out if you are so inclined. Love reading your posts. Keep up the good work.

  2. Miss Autumn
    October 1, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Aww! I’m happy I made her the goodbye note!(my personal touch as a teacher) and grabbed her name tag for you, I knew how important that would be to you.

    • Nicole Morrissey
      October 2, 2017 / 11:59 am

      It was so sweet of you! Thank you! I miss you and pre-primary already! I’ll text you her pictures from this morning – TEARS!!! ๐Ÿ™

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