My personal resolution is to get my body back, slow and steady, but I have an almost 1 year old so it's easier for me to say now than it was 11 months ago when I was nursing around the clock. Now getting my body back doesn't mean I will die in the gym (I will try, someday, when I have the time), but for now it includes weaning (for a look into the thoughts, hopes and fears on this click here).. However, there are many other things that I could have should have or should do, and here are some of them, to help you pick and stick to the resolutions that work for you:
(Note: These are to help you focus on you, and not on baby!)
10 New Years Resolutions for Moms to live by:
7. For the moms like me, who work and are suffer from mom guilt, remember that you may drive your baby (and self, and parents, and spouse) nuts if you sat at home. But on a more serious note, try and do an activity with your child everyday, even if it's something small and simple like going for a walk while pointing out what they are looking at, or crawling behind them around the house to get a look at things from their perspective. It will help you sleep better when you can.
8. Breathe, you grew an egg into a human being, you are capable of raising it (more likely a him/her than an it) to be a sane human being, without being a paranoid mum who panics about every hangnail (teeth on the other hand are more serious and merit some panic when they take away your sleep).
9. Remember that just cause baby is not sleeping in your bed or room, doesn't make you any less of a mom. If he or she is in your bed or room, it doesn't make you any better or worse of a mom either (though it will make you a little more sleepless in the long run).
10. Set a time to let out steam, without that little body attached to you. Maybe you don't need it, but more than likely you do. So ask your husband to pitch in and go for pizza with the girls or better still get a glass (or more) of ____(insert liquor of your choice here)__!
If you read this far, you have realized that these are all resolutions to help you, not your baby! So if nothing else, resolve to spend more time on you this year, because with all the giving and giving, it may be time to take some back, even if it's a few minutes of quiet.
Happy New Year all!
More to come!
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