In April I had a baby. In May another less important, though still life altering, event took place; I got an iphone. My mom generously gifted me my new bff for my birthday. I’ll be honest, I was suspect. I am not exactly technologically savvy and I have long looked askance at those people whose phones seem to be physically attached to their person. I was quite comfortable with my old-fashioned Nokia flip phone. It was sturdy enough to withstand the daily abuse of a toddler and fairly clumsy 20-something. Plus it tucked nicely into my cleavage without disrupting the line of my cotton tee yet my vast chi-chi’s did not smother the volume while on speaker phone therefore negating the need for a head-set. Simple pleasures, people. However after much hemming and hawing, I broke down and joined the dark side.
Now, I am not sure how I ever got along without my trusty sidekick. I knew I would enjoy the convenience of plugging the address into the MapQuest app rather than frantically rifling through paper directions and almost always, still ending up lost. And I would be lying if I said I had never whipped out my fancy friend and did a quick Google search to prove Brakes wrong on some useless bit of trivia. But what I had not anticipated is how my iphone would actually increase my productivity, motivate and inspire me in several different ways, and allow me to be a better mother. (Too much?) Overall, thanks to my phone, I spend less time on the internet (I typically browse during nursing sessions and I go days without turning on my laptop), I am far more organized with my calendar, shopping lists, and meal plans, right at my finger tips, which saves time and allows for more tea-parties and tickle sessions. Also, for the first time in my life, I can run. I was always the girl at the back of the track offering “help” to the asthmatics during the mile runs in PE. But, I decided to give running one more shot after Olive was born just until I got cleared to get back into the pool. I was cleared to swim 3 months ago but I seem to have caught the running bug. With the help of my favorite apps to track pace, mileage, etc., and the podcasts or music I stream to keep me entertained, I am up to 5 miles three times a week. And lastly, I am finally doing a better job of documenting my sweet girls’ childhoods and it is so much easier to keep in touch with those that I love; I can capture a quick picture of something cute and text it to Movy (my mom) lickity split and Eloise loooooves the FaceTime feature (she thinks its magic). I just figured out how to download the photos from my phone to my computer and I’ve had a ball looking through all the fun we had this summer. (This activity inspired the gushing about my phone. The wine I am currently sipping may also be contributing to the waxing poetic about an appliance. Sorry.) Aren’t my girls cute? Also, what else am I missing? What are your fave apps? My number ones are Hulu, iMapmyRun, Pandora, yelp, igaragesale, and of course, Pinterest. What are yours?