The month of April was a blur. I can’t believe I have a four month old and one-quarter of the year is gone. Time, please slow down! I experienced some highs and lows this month, but thoroughly enjoyed time with my parents and grandmother who drove from Kentucky to spend a week with us and attend Kamden’s baptism on Easter Sunday. Dad decided he’d skip church by getting himself hospitalized in Fort Worth over Easter weekend due to a severely infected elbow. It was one of those situations where he SHOULD HAVE gotten medical attention before leaving Kentucky but he’s ornery and hard-headed and let it go too far. That’s okay, he learned his lesson the hard way and the ER doctors and orthopedic surgeon told him that if he had waited just a few hours more before seeking help, the infection could have spread to his blood or bone resulting in amputation or even death. Yes, it was THAT serious. Crazy old man, he’s much better now and recuperating nicely. When his elbow is completely healed, I’ll kick his ass. (Love you, Dad!)
I renewed my gym membership April 1 and been diligent about going to the gym almost every week day this month but I’m not seeing the results I want. My biggest setback is my diet. I’m constantly eating, due in part to breastfeeding, but I can’t deny I’m an emotional eater too. If I don’t make an adjustment, I won’t see changes physically or the numbers on the scale. Despite my eating woes, I’m proud of myself for participating in a SWEAT fitness class. I’m the tallest, largest, slowest, and most uncoordinated member of the group, but those short, petite, beautiful, in-shape ladies are wonderful motivators. It also helps to have the most amazing trainer, Jessica, encouraging me. After the first class I learned that an extra supportive bra (or five) and Kegal exercises are required for a fat girl with massive tits to jump rope or do jumping jacks. As much as I loathe the cardio and body weight intervals, I wish the class was offered more than once a week. I huff-and-puff my way through it every Monday morning and feel great afterwards. As a matter of face, I wish several group classes took place more often and at later times. When I was pregnant, I did water aerobics every morning but that’s impossible now because Kamden doesn’t usually wake up until 8:30 or 9:00 and the class starts at 9:00. He’s such an incredible sleeper, especially at night, I’m afraid to make any adjustment to his schedule. I’d feel selfish if I woke him up early just so I could swim with a bunch of blue-hair ladies too. 🙂
Enough negative, let’s get to what I managed to accomplish on my resolution list:
co-host a weekly link-up called “Finish This” This link-up began Jan 8 and it’s thriving!
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 with these new mamas — Samantha, Catalyn, Cait, and Carly.
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 purees
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, essential oils, and granola mix. 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 Played in the Glen Lake Golf Classic on Friday, April 11 with three men from church, we shot a respectable 9-under (3) par. We had a lot of fun and I played much better than anticipated!
go to the eye doctor
see a dermatologist DONE! On April 10, I received a full body skin analysis and the ‘mole’ that I was most concerned about is not even a mole but rather scar tissue and poses no cancer risk. The mysterious rash that appeared the day Kamden was born is eczema and is now gone thanks to prescription steroid ointment. I was diagnosed with adult acne — not a big shock — and using a new cleanser (morning and night) and applying a prescription solution before moisturizing at night. I’ve seen improvements and will share details in a separate blog post later.
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
MARCH 27 — I donated my wedding dress to the NICU Helping Hands Foundation for the Angel Gowns project. You can read about my experience HERE.
APRIL 30 — I donated 300 ounces of breast milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas. Unless we get another chest freezer, I’ll make another contribution soon because I’m running out of freezer space!
clean out my closet DONE! Took six LARGE garbage bags full of clothes, shoes, and unwanted household items to Goodwill on April 12.
write a letter
WISH TO HAVE
Lightroom 5 purchased April 24
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.
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. FAIL. We play and interact all the time, but I don’t always read a book to him. Nominating myself for bad parent award. Purchase an outfit for Easter. I wore this dress from Old Navy. Visit a dermatologist for the rash (eczema?) on my left wrist. DONE. Visit an ophthalmologist for an eye exam. FAIL. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, every day (#1800MinuteChallenge). Partial success – I exercised 950 minutes and went to the gym almost every week day.
May: Visit an ophthalmologist for an eye exam. Complete the #1800minutechallenge. Attend Mayfest at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. Host a girls’ dinner party. Donate more breast milk. Celebrate my first Mother’s Day. Complete an online tutorial for Lightroom. Take pictures and edit them using Lightroom.