Hi my friends :) A Happy and prosperous New Year to you all. You may have been wondering where I disappeared to since my last blog in August. Let us just say that I allowed life to run away with me *smile*. Being a new/first-time mom in 2012 I was trying to find myself and so I basically winged the whole mom thing. Don't get me wrong, I took my job as a mom very seriously and did all that was necessary for the well being of my then baby. However, looking back on a year that moved so fast, it still all seems a blur, I can honestly say that most of my parenting was impromptu and learning as I went along. Basically nothing planned. I can see some of you more experienced parents out there smiling at my use of the word 'planned', as you may have a hint of where I intend to go :).
For me growing up as a child - I was lucky to have great parents and siblings with whom we still have a great relationship. While we didn't have specific family traditions, I do have very fond memories of us doing many things together. Now, as a parent myself, I find it quite difficult to make time to do family activities. My days are consumed with long, exhausting work hours that sometimes includes the weekend. When I get home in the evenings I have about 2 hours before I need to put my lil' one to bed (I am currently trying a bedtime routine). This leaves just enough time to play and cuddle before he's off to bed and I am prepping for the next day of work. The weekends tend to be hectic with me frantically trying to fit in everything that could not have been squeezed into the work-week. I have found myself on several occasions just absolutely frazzled and barely having enough energy to keep up with my now 15-month old son. That was my routine for 2012 and now looking back at the year I realise that I can pin-point very few outdoor activities I did with my son. It is very easy to get caught into the trap of plunking him down in front of cartoons and getting caught up in my other activities. Thankfully (and not so much so) I have a little boy that demands his 'me' time with his mommy. He will not sit for hours in front of the TV and he comes and pulls me by the hand all over the place with him (I feel like his personal teddy):), he's such a sweetheart. He loves to play (very rambunctious), count and give his mom hugs and kisses ( I live for them).
So while I do not generally make resolutions, I do have some specific plans for us in 2013. I plan on taking him out somewhere at least once a month - and I do not mean a trip to grandma's. I mean play dates and trips to the beach, zoo or just even dressing him up and going on the mall. I want to us to have family game nights and many other interactive things. He is growing up so quickly and before I know it he will be a big boy who doesn't want to be seen with his mom. As such I am cherishing every moment I have with this precious little boy whose whole world still revolves around his mommy. I also plan to squeeze in some of my own 'me-time', I realse that since the birth of my son I have done nothing for myself (that's also no good). I know that I need to strike a healthy balance, but the fact is, something always gets left behind. If at all possible I'm going to fit in everything this year ;).
In conclusion it seems that I am actually making resolutions this year (hmmmn). I resolve to live a full life, a good life for me and my son and to make lasting memories for us both. Life is a gift to be cherished and made use of, not shelf, hide away or squander. I also resolve to blog more *grins*. Now that I think about it, tomorrow I am taking part of my lunch time so go search for a cute day-planner and I intend to use it :).
Again, I wish for you all to have a prosperous, healthy and worthwhile 2013. Go out in the world and make each day count for something. Until we meet again, walk good xoxo.