One month down, eleven to go.
How are you doing in 2014? Have you fallen off the bandwagon or going strong? I’m doing well but failing in the exercise department. I did so well when pregnant, going to the gym almost every day, but now the only exercise I get is strapping on the breast pump. Surprisingly, I’ve lost 36 pounds since last June, but I’m putting away the groceries on a daily basis. I’m eating and drinking ALL THE TIME. If I’m not pumping my boobs, changing a diaper, or feeding my son, I’m stuffing my face with food. To increase my milk supply, I’ve been eating lots of oatmeal and flax seed. I also began taking fenugreek supplements. The oatmeal has become the perfect excuse to bake cookies and homemade granola. If I don’t control myself, I’ll look nine months pregnant while holding a two-month-old. Oy!
co-host a weekly link-up called “Finish This” This link-up began Jan 8 and is thriving. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, just answer the prompts in a comment!
attend the Texas Women Bloggers’ fashion show and silent auction
write a guest post for someone
write a monthly update for Kamden I wrote THIS to celebrate Kamden’s first month.
be featured on The Wise Baby
develop relations with more bloggers
reach 500 followers on Twitter
have professional newborn photos taken of Kamden photos taken Dec 30, 2013 by Jennifer Wynne Photography
acquire this lens
take lessons with a professional
have professional family portraits taken for our 2014 Christmas card
FOOD & DRINK
bake homemade bread in my Le Creuset loaf pan
eat at a celebrity chef’s restaurant
prepare Kamden’s baby food
create a monthly meal plan
host a dinner party
prepare a dish with curry
try a new food January – I’ve spent more than $100 on specialty lactation products said to increase breast milk supply. I have organic rolled oats and flax seeds, fenugreek supplements, loose tea, essential oils, and granola mixes. If milk isn’t squirting out of my nipples every time I sneeze, I’ll be disappointed. CHECK: I’m curious how many people actually read my posts and will comment on that last sentence!!!!!
eat Neopolitan pizza at Cavalli Pizzeria in Irving
PEOPLE & PLACES TO VISIT
Thompson family reunion in Louisville, KY
Perot Science Museum in Dallas, TX
THINGS TO DO
meet with a lawyer and create our wills
open a savings account for Kamden
have my gallbladder removed and tubes tied
have my DSLR professionally cleaned
renew my gym membership
hire a personal trainer
wear a size 12
get fitted for a bra
plan a weekend getaway with Husband
plan an overnight girls trip
go hog hunting
compete in a shooting tournament
go to the eye doctor and get new contacts
watch Jerusalem, the IMAX film
sell my car
buy a used SUV
attend a wedding
attend a non-Christian religious event or ceremony
go to a concert
go to a musical or play
go to a college sporting event
go to a professional sporting event
take pictures for someone
donate to a worthy cause
clean out my closet
write a letter
WISH TO HAVE
square-toe cowboy boots
Warby Parker glasses
BOOKS I WANT TO READ
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child This was an impulse purchase at 3:00am when I was trying to soothe a fussy newborn who would NOT go to sleep. I’ve made several purchases like this recently. There are books full of fix-it solutions for absolutely everything, especially eating and sleeping issues related to babies. I see both sides to every argument and I’m convinced there’s no perfect answer. But that didn’t stop me from writing this post seeking the advice and personal experience from parents about sleep training their own children.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
All Is Grace Rev. L suggested this right before she left for another trip to Jerusalem, which I’m pea green with envy about since she’ll be floating in the Dead Sea and eating shawarma without me. It’s a book I would have never found on my own but one I enjoyed. The author, Brennan Manning, a recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, shares tales of his spiritual journey and how he has experienced God’s grace in a variety of ways in the strangest of places. ‘Tis a good read.
The Signature of All Things
Happier At Home
January: mail Kamden’s birth announcements FAIL but let me explain: we received Kamden’s birth day photos and I ordered the announcement cards last week. Hopefully, they ship soon so I can address envelopes and mail them before Valentine’s Day. Which brings me to next month’s goals……
February: Create a photo project for Valentine’s Day and send to the grandparents. Address and mail Kamden’s birth announcements. Schedule surgery to remove gallbladder and dismantle baby-making machinery. Have 100 ounces of breast milk in the freezer by the end of the month.