Wow, 2014 has been one hell of a year. I can remember saying out loud, this time last year, “ah well, I guess 2013 just wasn’t our year to get pregnant”. Little did we know it would only be other 6 weeks before we would be jumping up and down after a positive pregnancy test. I spent the majority of 2014 pregnant. It was by far the most life changing, exciting and scary year I’ve ever had. Now it’s coming to a close and there is a whole year of unknown experiences ahead. I can’t wait.
In the past, like many people, I would compile a list of New Years Resolutions. And every year my list had the same 3 things at the top – lose a couple kgs, drink less alcohol, save more money. Well I have realised that this years resolutions will have to be a little different. Here’s why those 3 things won’t be on my list for 2015.
Lose a couple kgs – Since being pregnant I’ve come to realise that I never had a terrible body. My BMI was perfectly within range and I ate quite a healthy and predominately vegetarian diet. I think I have a new found respect for my body and it’s capabilities. Since having Oscar, I have gradually returned to my pre pregnancy weight without any effort or conscious thought. This is probably due to the breastfeeding as I sure as hell haven’t found time to get out and go running. My diet for the past couple of months has been shocking. I feel as if I am constantly filing up on chocolate and ice cream, both of which I had no interest in before I was pregnant. There have been a few times lately where I’ve actually made myself sick from eating too much of this junk so I would like to improve in that area. I hate to think that Oscar isn’t getting the right nutrients from my milk because I’m being a lazy snacker. Losing weight however doesn’t make my new years resolutions list and come to think about it, at the weight I was, probably never should have.
Drink less alcohol – Breastfeeding is a sure fire way limit booze intake. Oscar flat out refuses to drink formula (we have tried 3 different types) now. So if I plan to drink alcohol, I need to express breast milk beforehand which I find so tedious and time consuming. On top of that, Oscar doesn’t like drinking from bottles. We have two different bottle teats but he hates both and just spends time chewing on them and spitting them out instead of drinking. It’s stressful. We recently had Candice’s Christmas party so her parents came over to babysit and during that time Oscar did drink EBM from the bottle but it took a bit of convincing. Oscar simply will not drink it if it’s me trying to feed it to him. I’m pretty sure the little bugger knows that I have an even fresher source of milk that I’m denying him. So basically, drinking alcohol just isn’t worth the hassle.
Save more money – I’m just going to be frank and honest here. What money? Candice is the sole income earner and once she pays our mortgage repayments, utilities, phone/internet, and food shopping there is very little left to ‘save’. We are lucky enough that she is able to pay for these things on her own, enabling me to stay at home with Oscar for the first year of his life. Until I return to work in September, saving anything extra is the last thing on our minds.
So those are the 3 things that WON’T be on my list for 2015 but here are 3 things that WILL be.
Be more social – I would like to put in more of an effort with seeing friends and family on a regular basis. Now that we have Oscar, it’s harder to get out and about but I don’t want to let that be an excuse to become antisocial. Being off work means I don’t get that regular outside adult interaction so there is serious potential for me to become a hermit. I’m not part of mothers group either so I will need to consciously make an effort to call people up and make lunch dates.
Use the DLSR camera – A few years ago, Candice bought me a Nikon DSLR camera and while I used it loads to begin with, over time it has started to gather dust. It’s just so convenient to snap photos on my iPhone. I’ve come to realise that I will absolutely kick myself when Oscar is older if every single one of our photos of him are of crappy phone quality. So a resolution I have for 2015 is to complete a photo a day challenge. Subject? Oscar, of course. Shouldn’t be too hard given that I already take a dozen photos of him a day on my phone. I just need to make sure I pick up the Nikon and use that instead.
Blog regularly – I’ve been writing on here for over a year now but there have been times where I get stuck and then just don’t write for a few weeks. I’ve always managed at least 1 post a month but I would like to aim for 1 post a week in the coming year. It’s easy to put off posting anything as most days can be pretty damn exhausting. It can be hard to motivate myself to do anything once Oscar falls asleep other than slump onto the couch in front of the tv. I really love reading back through the entries though and reliving all those moments that got us to where we are now. I also want to keep documenting it for Oscar so when he is older he will never doubt how much he was wanted. Along with blogging, I would like to try to do a bit more with my day when I can. Before Oscar, I would sew and create things. I would like to get back the passion I had for plants and gardening. Even just getting the pram out and taking him and the dogs for a walk. But mostly I want to avoid the lure of that damn couch of ours.
These are my New Years resolutions. They aren’t difficult at all so I shouldn’t have any problem keeping them!