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6 weeks old

Now that things are starting to calm down at my house, I can pay attention to some of my hobbies again.  Yay!  Hello blog, I have missed you. <3

R is 6 weeks old now and we are adjusting to being a family of 4 pretty well.  L is still mostly ignoring her, but we have had a breathrough with his attitude.  2 weeks ago, he just suddenly turned over a new leaf and started acting like a normal kid again.  It is such a relief to no longer feel like I am talking to a brick wall whenever I ask him to do something.  I know that it will probably come back in the teen years, but I am glad to have my sweet little boy back for a while at least.

It is amazing how much I appreciate how normal of a baby R is.  Compared to the colic and reflux that L had, a normal baby is a piece of cake!  I am glad that she is our second child, because I would not appreciate this nearly as much if she was our first.  She wakes up every 3 hours, has a few gas issues, and doesn't want to nap without me holding her.  All in all, normal newborn stuff.  :)

I am sure that I will have some deep thoughts for post later, but right now I am just trying to enjoy my baby girl as much as possible before I have to go back to work.  Blech, I am not looking forward to that and it is still weeks away.  I am also going to my 6 weeks post partum visit tomorrow so I will be able to get the OK to exercise again.  I am determined to get back into shape before my maternity leave is over.  The next few weeks should give me a chance to jump start my weight loss, which I hope to document on here.  Now if I could only stop craving biscuits and gravy…

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2014 Resolutions

Well, here we go.  It is time for another list of things that I am going to try to do this year.  I hope that I am being realistic this year and making my goals acheivable, but I guess only time will tell.  5 goals seemed like a good number from last year, so that is what I am going with again this year.  Wish me luck!

 

Blog More

Isn't this a required resolution for every blogger?  If you blog enough, don't you want to improve your writting or comunity or something?  So, this year, instead of putting a set number of required posts to this resolution, I am just going to leave it as an ephereal "more".  With a baby on the way, I don't know how much time I am going to have to blog, but if I do even one more post this year, over last year, I will consider this a win.  I would like to do more, but as I remember from L's newborn stage, setting the bar low is essential to maintaining my sanity.

 

Eat More Family Meals

I think this is going to be something that I struggle with for years to come.  L eats dinner at 5:30 when J picks him up from daycare.  I get home at 6:30 and I play with L for an hour before the bedtime routine starts.  L is in bed by 8 and then J and I make and eat our usually unhealthy yet fast dinner.  I would love to have a family dinner night in the future, but as long as L demands food before I get home, I don't foresee that in the future.  So for this goal, I am going to focus on weekend meals.  Eating even a sandwich for lunch, all of us together.  Most days it is just easier to feel L and then J and I eat later (if at all), but we need to work on L's eating habits.  He needs to learn to be more patient at the table and let other people eat their food too.  A tall order for a 2.5 year old, but I think he has the capability within him.

 

Write Thank You Notes

I was horrible at writting thank you notes in 2013.  I wrote them for Christmas the year before, and then the notes just kept piling up on the desk.  I never even got L's birthday thank you's written and sent out.  A bummer because they were really cute, in my opinion.  So this year, I want to write thank you's for Christmas, L's birthday, any baby gifts I get, and my birthday.  J can write his own birthday thank yous.

 

Re-Read Books

I have been horrid about this recently.  I used to pride myself on how I could re-read so many of my books and enjoy them just as much the 2nd, 3rd, or even 5th time around.  Some books I have read more than 15 times!  Unfortunately, with the purchase of my Nook, I am too easily able to just buy a new book with the tap of a finger.  No credit card to enter because it is stored in there, no sales people to deal with, and no negotiating with J about how many books we can afford for me to buy.  I hesitate to determine how -much I have spent on books in 2013; I already know it is too much.  So in 2014 I am going to re-read more books.  I am going to re-read a minimum of 3 books for every 1 that I purchase.  Well, that was my goal at first but I think I need to change it to a 5:1 ratio.  I have already re-read 2 books and it is only 9 days into the new year…

 

Go To 10 New PlacesI liked this resolution so much from last year that I am putting it in this year again.  This time, I hope to have less cop-out locations (like parks) on the list and more real ones.  With 2 kids I think this will be a real challenge for me.  I am already planning on taking L to the Tech Museum, the Children's Discovery Museum, and maybe (strong maybe) to his first movie.  Other than those two, I don't have anything new planned as of yet.  I am hoping that I will be inspired as the year progresses.

Please Sir, I’d like some more… time

What do I wish I had more time to do each day?

Honestly, I wish I had more time to blog.  I am a pregnant, mother of a toddler, working mom with a long commute.  From when I wake up to when I go to bed, my day is filled with the needs of other people (my son, my husband, my unborn child, my boss, ect.).  I just wish I had more time to blog during the daylight hours; the hours that my brain is functioning and my mood is as chipper as it is ever going to get.

Right now I am stealing time to blog on my lunch break, coffee break, or after L goes to bed.  My breaks are too short to form a cohesive post and my brain is fried by the time L goes to bed.  The days when J is working late and I have to single-mom the evening, my chance of blogging is nil.  Weekends aren’t any better, as that is my time to do family activities, clean house, or catch up on the mountain of laundry.

So, while I should want more time to clean or spend with my family (if I was the ideal mom), I just want a little bit more me time.  A chance to feel like a person that has thoughts outside of baby diapers and baby spinach.  A chance to accomplish something that I take pride in.  A chance to be me.  The real me.

5 Bucks on Failing Again!

Having missed NaBloPoMo by about 4 weeks, I feel a little late to be challenging myself to blog more.  With the craziness of the holidays, being pregnant, chasing a toddler around, and oh yeah actually working at my job, I feel like I need to do something for myself.  Being pregnant has taken most of my me-time activities away already (steaming hot baths and glasses of wine) so blogging and playing video games are my two to fall back on.  Being crafty is always an option, but less appealing when I consider the mess I have to clean up and trying to keep 2 year old fingers away from my needle nose pliers.

Yes, this will probably end up like all of my other commitments to blog (exercise/eat healthy/paint/cook/save money/knit/clean/garden/etc.) more; in a slow trudge of needing to sleep more than I need to blog, ending in a wallow of depression because I failed yet again.  The times I can set aside to blog are either waking up an hour early (5 am, yuck!) or staying up an hour later (11 pm, sigh).  Ah, the life of a working mother.  So, right now, I am going to try to stay up later to blog, or try to write on my lunch break.  Good plan, right?  I bet $5 that I don’t make it a whole week, even with Thanksgiving to give me extra days to blog.