I haven't blogged in forever because life got really busy. We welcomed our second child into our family in November and I spent the time I was pregnant scrambling to finish as much of my dissertation work as possible while still being as great of a mom as I could to my two year old little man. It was crazy busy! But now I have a beautiful little girl, a sweet nearly three year old, and just need to finish writing my dissertation.
I've gotten back on the treadmill twice this past week and the first post baby runs have been easier than with my first kiddo. Motherhood makes you tougher, so maybe that's the difference. More on getting back into shape later.
I've been reflecting a lot on what I consider good times during the holiday season. Also a few news stories have touched my heart lately. A local family has a two year old little boy on a very long road to recovery after being hit in the head by a large tree limb that fell during recess time at his daycare. And everyone's heart broke from those families in Connecticut. It makes me want to hug my kids tighter and be more grateful to have them in my life. There are moments in parenting my two year old that it is hard to find the joyful moments. Between discipline, him not listening, and not enough time in the day it's very easy to get wrapped up in the logistics of life rather than the joyful moments. When I think about the Georgia family and that community in Connecticut I know that I know that I'm so thankful to have my kids in my life, even when they're driving me nuts.
This brings me to the most important of my New Year's resolutions. I resolve to look for, create, and enjoy the joyful moments with my family. Example: Yesterday my son was crabby from cabin fever. He was whining about wanting to watch Fraggle Rock when my husband was watching a football game and the level of unpleasant in the room was frustrating me. So rather than put the kiddo in time out for not listening about taking turns on the TV, I bundled him up and we went into the backyard to hit balls off the T ball tee for 30 minutes. Great decision! My whining toddler started giggling, running, and having a blast. And my mood improved tremendously as well and it made for a better rest of the day. There will always be the daily grind and I will always have bad days, but I will do my best to do something small to enjoy my family though it all.
Other resolutions that aren't as important include the following.
1) Taking a small step to improve my health: flossing each night. Mornings are too crazy, but I will take time after my little man is in bed to floss.
2) Make time to run at least 3 days a week, even if only a mile. I'll be finishing up my PhD this spring, so it'll be a busy and stressful time. Running even just a little bit will help me manage this stress and feel a little less blah. Plus I need to tone up the midsection post baby.