1) Focused time with A&C Daily:
I tried to do this many days, but didn’t necessarily structure it as well as I could have. I think they respond better when they are AWARE it is the special time and it is clearly delineated! Something I am continuing to work on. It is currently hard as G’s bedtime and their bedtime are similar and now that I am back at work, my slices of time are generally with all 3 at once (sometimes with Josh, sometimes alone). But I can use my days off for this purpose and want to be better about it! 10-15 minutes with each kid is enough to make a difference.
2) Family dinners Sundays
Yes! I cooked almost every Sunday during Q1. I got in the habit of having our nanny shop on Friday for weekend supplies – a luxury I know, but if I didn’t do this I’d probably just place an online order to be delivered Friday evenings. It turns out the barrier wasn’t the cooking itself – but the shopping & planning. I made several recipes from Milk Street magazine, as well as these delicious lasagna roll-ups from Brittany‘s blog and continue to heavily use Run Fast Eat Slow.
3) DIA method / exercise 5x/week
Yep! I did switch from DIA to Mommastrong at the end, but I’ve done something most days of the week. I’ve done a little bit of running, but not a ton. I’ve also gone for some walks (usually with G in the Ergo). I wouldn’t say I’ve been working out particularly hard, but I have been consistent about getting something in with a focus on core strength.
4) Outline book (chapters, aims, ideas)
I do have a chapter list and a 2 page summary done . . . but I’d like to have a more fleshed-out outline. However, I decided I wanted to do the planning makeovers first to see what I’d learn from those before going further! These are scheduled for March (I chose 4
victims volunteers last week!) and I’m excited to see how things go!
5) Kon-Mari Home
I did many categories but not all. Of course G has already grown out of her carefully-arranged newborn (and 0-3) clothing already! Ah well. (On that note . . . I’m SOO excited for THIS SHOW!).
6) Combine A&C Rooms
CHECK. A’s clothes and toys are still in her old room (and G’s are in A&Cs . . . sigh), but we’ve got bunk beds and a functional nursery complete with crib. Moving stuff around can come later. The transition to bunk beds went shockingly well.
1) Read daily. CHECK. I read 17 books in Q1. I’m still on my 1st book in Q2 (pretty sure it’s NOT going to be the reading fest that maternity leave was!). I did love this habit, though, and am continuing with reading every morning during my initial pump session!
2) Moment < 90 minutes. I did well in January – and just okay in Feb. But I’m improving in March! I find it really helps NOT to start the day with scrolling (reading/journaling instead). By the way, I do use the “exclude” feature to cut out time spent on google maps, spotify, YNAB, etc. My big time-wasters/distracters are Mail, Instagram, Feedly, Safari, and texting, so I’m mostly focused on those.
Q1 Bucket List:
1) A&C Ice skate. Didn’t happen! Josh wasn’t that excited about it, and given that I was essentially attached to G, this did not come to fruition. Maybe next winter (or I guess any time really, since it’s indoors and never actually ice skating weather here . . . ).
2) Read 10 books. 17, as noted above. CHECK.
3) Listen to album daily. I did this all through January and it was fun! Then I started slacking. I really enjoyed getting to know some new music through this project and really exploring the 2017 ‘best of’ lists. I am now making a point of doing “Music Monday” every week on my commute; I need to be better about turning it on in the house — we have a Sonos system so it’s so easy; I just don’t know why I don’t always do it upon arriving home! It really does add something to the mood and it’s just a nice part of life that I otherwise miss out on.
4) 3 date nights. We went on one without G, and even that one was a struggle! (We did have a fun basketball game night WITH her). We have a very willing babysitter. I just really struggled with leaving G, which is odd since you’d think a 3rd kid would be easier to detach from. As her bedtime has drifted earlier, this should get easier and easier . . . although last night I was up at 12, 1:40, and 4, so I’m not sure how excited I’d be to go to bed late (which for me these days is any time after about 9:30).
That’s it! Q2 goals to come on Monday – time to do a quick run while G hopefully remains asleep . . .
– #1 – most of G’s months 1-3 – enjoying her happy faces and snuggles, being amazed by her rapid growth & development, and surviving the early pumps, night wakes, and sleep deprivation