Hey, guys. I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, but it being New Year’s day, what better time to do some reflecting? Because I’m a teacher, I’m very lucky to have so much time off during the holidays. This year has probably been more fun than any other. DS is 3 and is very aware of Santa. It’s been fun to talk with him about Santa, and one of the local nurseries had a couple of live reindeer in a pen, so we visited them a couple times too. DH took the rest of his vacation days off and so he has been home with us for the last 10 days! During our time off together we managed to paint our old bedroom (a month or so ago we moved into our T.V. room on the other side of the house that had been converted from a garage) and move DS in. The next big project is the nursery! Yea! Last weekend my mom and I picked out fabric for the nursery. She is really good at sewing and is making a ton of stuff for us. My theme for the nursery is supposed to be Victorian Fairy Painting (after an exhibit at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London), but it’s coming out a little more bird-centric. If you watch Portlandia, you might understand my fear that it might be heading toward “Put a Bird On It!” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo).
I’m a little anxious about going back to work. Several co-workers have not gotten back to me regarding some collaborative projects we are supposed to work on this semester, and I was hoping to do some of that planning over break. But, it’s probably a blessing to have the time to indulge in family right now. So, with that in mind, I am really trying to prioritize the work I do during my time off and keep “work smarter, not harder” as a mantra.
I started acupuncture within the last two weeks and I think it has really helped. I started going a couple times a week and my lower back/ sacrum area is not feeling so tight. I’m hoping to continue with aqua-natal and pre-natal yoga classes beginning this week.
I don’t really have much planned for New Year’s resolutions. I started reading some Yahoo article about people who get a lot done in the mornings and had almost talked myself into setting my alarm for 5:00 A.M., when I remembered “Hey, you’re pregnant and you have to get up 3 times a night just to pee. Pretty soon you’ll only sleep for 2-hour stretches at a time so you can nurse. Don’t get up at 5:00! Get lots of rest so your immune system doesn’t tank and you wind up with a cold that turns into pneumonia!” So, I will say that my New Year’s resolutions are to
1. Continue doing good things for my body: eat nutritious food (notice I am not saying give up sweets. That is impossible. But, I could do better in the fruits and vegetables category.), continue acupuncture and fitness classes both pre-birth and post-partum.
2. Stay in touch with friends in town.
3. Be more patient with DS. DS has entered a hitting phase, and while DH and I are very united in dealing with his hitting episodes, I have to remember that DH is only 3 ½ , and controlling his impulses is extremely difficult. I liked how Writermama12 has resolved to make the first interactions with family positive every day. I think I need to do this too, especially when considering managing DS’s behavior. He can be overly sensitive to criticism, so giving him a redirection in the form of a joke might be more helpful even though it might take more thought and energy.
Sorry to hear about the sick ladies. All of us have had bad viruses during Winter Break and are finally on the mend. Everyone, take care of yourselves, and Happy New Year.