Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ringing in 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Things are a bit crazy over here. Mike completely switched his work schedule and now he’s permanently on days! That means he’s home in the evenings to help me with Clara. 

Over the past few nights, we started implementing the Sleep Sense method into our bed time routine. It’s been rough for this Mama, I used to rock her to sleep every night (which of course turned into a bad habit). But she’s doing amazing with it! We are still doing the checks and reassurances every five minutes, but she is crying less and less every night. Last night she went to sleep in twelve minutes!! Naps are a whole other ball game, however. She will fight those till the bitter end. It’s a work-in progress. 

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been “off” from work. Spending some much-needed time with close friends and family. We celebrated Clara’s first Christmas and she got to open alllll the presents. Girlfriend made out like a bandit with the gifts from the grandparents. She had so much fun ripping open the wrapping paper, you never would have guessed she was fighting a nasty sinus infection! 

Still so tiny in Big Bird's nest 
One if the bigger gifts we received was a membership to the Strong National Museum of Play. In my opinion, it’s one of the best places on Earth. A huge building where your wildest imagination can run free. The exhibits are always changing, finding new ways to make education fun for little ones. It’s been around since before I was born, and taking Clara for the first time brought back all the childhood memories. From the Sesame Street stoop to the Butterfly Conservatory, I think Mike and I enjoyed our trip even more than Clara did! 
My two favorites on the Sesame Street Stoop 

As the new year approached, I began thinking more about 2018 and how it impacted my life. Becoming a mom completely changed me (in more good ways than bad.) But as I mentioned in my previous post, my entire existence revolves around my daughter, and it gets difficult to remember to take care of myself. So, I decided my New Year’s resolution was do one small thing for myself every day. Whether it’s drinking my ketones and getting a workout in with my Beachbody app, or getting out of the house for a few hours by myself for some me time. Making myself a priority is my new goal for this year. Of course, I’m still focused on raising Clara, but I can’t be the best mom I can be if I’m not 100%.

What are some of your goals for 2019? Comment below! 

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