As everyone spends time reflecting on their 2013, I can’t help but do the same. Anyone could take one second browsing my Instagram feed or looking through my Facebook posts to know where our focus was. #Macallen was a common hashtag and pictures documenting his first year were the norm. I really do not see 2014 being much different in that regard. However there are several things that I know I need to work on for Nate and Macallen as well as myself. As a new mom (or any mom really), you tend to put your needs on the back burner. This year I need to make sure to do things for myself so I can be the best mom to Macallen and best wife to Nate possible.
1. Spend less time with technology. This is a no-brainer as so many of us today are constantly glued to our phones, televisions, computers, Ipads, etc.
2. …and spend more one-on-one time with Nate. A Mom group that I am a part of (which also happens to ironically be online) suggested planning dates over the next year as a Christmas present to your spouse. I decided to name mine “The 12 Dates of Christmas” and the premise is that every month we will go on a date and do something together that I have planned. Just the two of us. Our first date is January 10th and I could not be more excited. (I will do a separate post on “The 12 Dates of Christmas” later).
3. Get fit. This needs to happen as my eating habits are not the best and ever since I left the Army, working out has not been as frequent. I blame this on the recent move, but really I have no one to blame but myself.
4. Get organized. Being a military spouse means moving more often than most. One thing I am really excited about is that Nate and I just bought our second home at our current duty station. I vow to finally stop living out of cardboard boxes. I need to hang things on walls, allow myself to decorate, and make this house our “home”.
Even though we did move alllllllllllllllll the way across the country. Literally. From North Carolina to Washington state. We still managed to take Macallen’s eight month pictures. Crazy, because he looks more like a little boy here and less like a baby.
(sailboat chair from Land of Nod)
At eight months old Macallen is as active as ever. He crawls really fast and is hard to keep up with when he is on the move. Our new home has a “playroom” across from the kitchen so I can store all of his
plastic toys. We have it baby proofed so if we need to empty the dishwasher he can hang out without getting into anything. His personality continues to come out, and he sure is a feisty little guy (I wonder who he gets that from…). If you take a toy away from him (and by toy I mean laptop cord, beer sampler glass, vacuum cleaner- you get the idea) he is one unhappy kid. For Christmas Macallen did get his two front teeth. He’s not doing too badly with it, but we have a ways to go.
All in all, he is a joy and the highlight of our 2013.
Likes: bananas, Pele and Jeter (our cats), bath time, story books, paper, interactive toys, peek-a-boo, crawling, friends (Ava), music, traveling
Dislikes: being held while sitting down, nap time, plain oatmeal, feeding him slower than he would like by not replenishing his plate quickly, teething
Oh, and an update on my laptop. The keyboard is back to working, but most of the keys get stuck. Unless I am very deliberate in my typing, most sentences would look like this “Cheers ad Happy ew Year! I wish othig but the best or our 2014!” So, basically any word that has an “n”, “f”, or “y” is in jeopardy of being left out. Maybe 2014 will lead to a new laptop…