This month has lasted, it seems, forever but it’s provided plenty of time to mark off several items from the list below. A few highlights: Mom visited from Kentucky; I had surgery; Kamden is three months; my laptop bit the dust; I discovered PicMonkey; Husband and I celebrated an anniversary; and I’m participating in a Bible reading challenge during Lent. The reading challenge continues into April, which is good because I’m several days behind schedule, and I’ve also registered for the #1800MinuteChallenge with these girls. Basically, I’m committing to 30 minutes of physical activity every day for 60 days, April 1 thru May 30. It’s a good thing I renewed my gym membership today too. Kamden and I got a head start to our workout regimen yesterday by taking a stroll around the city park a few times. Some motivator he was as it was lights out before the end of lap one!
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
be featured on The Wise Baby
develop relations with more bloggers Thanks to Twitter, I’m surviving pump sessions in the wee hours of the night alongside other new mamas. There are four mama-bloggers in particular (Samantha, Catalyn, Cait, and Carly) who’ve become my middle-of-the-night support system for all things sleep schedules, diaper changes and mom survival sense … in 140 characters or less. I don’t know what I’d do without these girls in the middle of the night. We laugh, we cry, we pout, and when we think we can’t go another second without sleep, our babes have a holy moment of silence.
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 I baked Honey Butter Beer Bread and gave it to the Zachry family since I’m refraining from all alcohol while lactating. They approved of my creation.
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
eat Neopolitan pizza at Cavalli Pizzeria in Irving
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.
FEBRUARY: I found the perfect recipe for LACTATION COOKIES.
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 I had surgery March 4 and the pain was worse than childbirth, especially in my shoulder from the CO2 gas used to “expand” my abdomen during the procedure. Four weeks post-op, my shoulder is tender but doctors assure me the discomfort will subside. I’m so thankful my mom was here with Husband to take care of Kamden while I recovered. I had to “pump and dump” for 24 hours but, thanks to the milk stash in the freezer, Kamden had plenty to eat.
have my DSLR professionally cleaned
renew my gym membership DONE! Renewed my gym membership on March 31, just in time to begin the #1800MinuteChallenge with Erin (@LivingInYellow) in April and May.
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
compete in a golf tournament
go to the eye doctor
see a dermatologist
watch Jerusalem, the IMAX film
sell my car
buy a used SUV
attend a bridal shower
attend a wedding
attend a baby shower
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 I donated my wedding dress to the NICU Helping Hands Foundation for the Angel Gowns project. It was an amazing experience and an honor to be a part of this wonderful cause. If you have a wedding gown, bridesmaid dress, or any light-colored formal gown you’d like to donate, visit their webpage for details. It is a national program, NICU departments across the U.S. accept handmade gowns for babies who do not make it to their earthly homes.
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. DONE. Photo albums were mailed to the grandparents and two great-grandmothers on February 13. Address and mail Kamden’s birth announcements. DONE. Birth announcements were mailed to 65 friends and family on February 13. Schedule surgery to remove gallbladder and dismantle baby-making machinery. DONE. Surgery is scheduled March 4. Have 100 ounces of breast milk in the freezer by the end of the month. DONE. There are 52 bags, each containing six ounces, and, if my math is correct, that’s 312 ounces of breast milk collected in just ONE month — I’m a machine!
March: Visit Lara in Salado. SUCCESS — Mom, Kamden, and I visited Salado United Methodist Church on March 9. Lara even used Kamden as an impromptu sermon illustration about letting go of control and having child-like faith. Her husband, Travis, prepared a delicious lunch for all of us and we spent most of the afternoon in their home visiting and talking and laughing and having a wonderful time. I miss my Rev. L, so any time I can get with her is a blessing. Send more photos of Kamden to the grandparents and great-grandmothers. DONE! Write more blog posts. Along with Kamden’s monthly updates and the weekly #FinishThis link up I co-host, I posted an anniversary tribute to Husband, a list of motherhood essentials for the first three months with baby, and some random thoughts from my Lenten journey. Instead of giving something up for 40 days, I decided to take something on and read the New Testament with #MargaretFeinberg. Celebrate our seventh anniversary with dinner and a movie. PARTIALLY SUCCESSFUL! We treated ourselves to a barbeque dinner Sunday night, the day before our anniversary, but there was no movie involved. There are movies coming out soon that I want to see though, I’ll ask Husband for a rain check!
April: Read a book to Kamden every day. Purchase myself an outfit for Easter. Visit a dermatologist for the rash (eczema?) on my left wrist. Visit an ophthalmologist for an eye exam. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, every day (#1800MinuteChallenge).