After being entirely sleep deprived from our Christmas break, in which Ray slept horrible, I had resolved to not have any resolutions this year.
This is so how I feel sometimes.
But after getting slightly caught up on sleep, I changed my mind.
I actually like resolutions/goals. And I like the concept of setting new ones with each year. But unlike many stereotypical resolutions, I think they should be things you look forward to. The catch is, they still have to be things that make you the best version of yourself. Closer to the you that God created you to be.
Last year my resolution was to blog weekly. I kicked it off with this post about Christmas of 2016. Although, I haven’t kept up with it EVERY week, in spirit I count it as met. Not only that, blogging has been so healthy for me. Especially through my pregnancy and the birth of baby Ray. I loved hearing advice from you all and getting to share my mom-to-be/new-mom stories.
So without further ado, my carefully crafted 2018 resolutions:
- Get more massages. This is definitely my favorite. My goal is one per month and I’m super pumped. Did you know there is actually a ton of research backing the MANY benefits of massage? A few of those benefits include reduced stress, better sleep, lower blood pressure. Who doesn’t need all that? I do. Also, I drive a lot for my job, so massage is a really good way to counter act all that car time. Have I convinced you to get one yet? Here is an article with 25 reasons to get a massage with cited research at the bottom if you need more convincing.
- Drink less wine. BUT, wait, theres a catch. Less wine, but BETTER wine. I’ve been a box wine fan for years. And I’m over it. If I’m going to drink wine, I’d rather save my box money and buy a good bottle. Like a 20-30 dollar bottle, I’m not talking about 100 dollar bottles or anything crazy. Life is just too short for crap wine. My dance teacher says this is just going to turn in to drinking the same amount of better wine. I’ve thought about it, and I’m ok with that 😉
- A yoga pose – Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana. You know what that is right? Don’t worry, no body does. Its a standing toe hold. Its actually not the hardest yoga pose I’ve ever encountered, but I have really tight hamstrings, so its really hard for me. And this whole resolution thing is supposed to be tailored to you, so heres my challenge to myself.
Lookout y’all, thats gonna be me come December 2018 🙂
The boy says his new years goal is to pay for all my massages and expensive wine. Ha.
Baby Ray updates:
Well, like I mentioned, he slept horrible over christmas vacation. At least this time I half way expected it after our first vacation with him. He just doesn’t sleep outside of his normal routine/settings. Its a pretty big disaster. What I didn’t expect was for the horrible sleep patterns to continue after we got home. I finally got desperate and let him cry it out one night. Let me just say, I’m not a fan of crying it out and don’t advocate for it. But I have to admit it worked. He cried for 34 minutes the first night and then slept from 10:30 – 6! And the slept from 7:30 to 6 the two nights following. He’s still not totally consistent in getting through the nights but I’ve seen huge improvements. Necessary improvements. This momma was losing her MIND.
On the topic of things I don’t believe in or advocate for, we also started supplementing. I almost let this really get to me, and then I made a very conscious decision not to. The truth is, there was no way I was going to do full time work without some help. And I’m so tired of spending my weekend tethered to a pump, stressing about if I’ve stashed enough milk for daycare on Monday. Even though supplementing was NOT my plan, its been healthy for me. After doing some research, I decided on Happy Baby organic formula. I’m still pumping, and he gets at least 2/3 of his daily intake from breast milk, the other 1/3 is formula and/or baby food. Its taken some time, but I’m at peace with this.
In the end parenting is a big balancing act, and I’m still new to the game. Still learning where to be flexible, learning to pause and take big breaths, calling my neighbors and friends and googling things for help. It might be this way for a while.
On a happy note:
Ray has been sitting so well lately and he’s just so cute. He shakes his head no, and as of this weekend, yes as well. He also has two big ol’ front teeth, just adding to his overall cuteness. As if he needed it. Anyhow, we are just having a lot of fun these days.