Now that Atley is 9 weeks old, you can say I have gotten used to this whole mom thing, for now at least. I know things will change again when I go back to work next week but I am ready to get back on track with my Happiness Habits. Although they were not on the forefront of my mind, my habits did not go completely out the window when the baby got here.
February’s habit was to take a picture every day. Since my little one decided to join us, I now have a perfect subject for my every day pictures. It was not hard at all to keep that one up, especially when you have the cutest baby ever in the history of mankind!
As far as continuing my January habit, reading, I definitely dropped the ball on that one in February. Daniel bought me a Kindle for my birthday, which was a week before the baby was born. I didn’t get it until we came home from the hospital because it wasn’t shipped in time. I was so surprised! But because of the travel between home and the hospital and my mind being very preoccupied with what was going with the baby, I just didn’t think about reading at all.
Once the baby came home, it was much easier to get back on track. Not only did the Kindle make is easier, but reading to the baby puts her to sleep. I can take care of two things at once! Right now, we are reading The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I really like it so far. I’ll have a full review on all the books I have been reading soon.
As far as March goes, my Happiness Habit was to journal everyday. I chose this habit for March, because I wanted to keep track of my feelings and what happened day to day once the baby got here. I didn’t realize how much I would end up needing this habit when I planned it!
I actually started this one as soon as she arrived in February. Journaling kept me sane during those 2 and a half weeks she was in the NICU. It gave me a chance to be alone with my feelings and to just work through them. I’m not the best at talking about what is going on inside my head. It’s easier for me to just spill it out onto a piece of paper and then try to make sense of it after. It kept my mind organized, strong, and ready to cheer on my little one as she reached each new milestone.
Now that the baby is here and healthy, it’s time to start working on myself physically. I know that sounds a little selfish, but without a healthy me there won’t be a healthy baby. So, the first item on the list is to get moving. Being pregnant, I let a lot of things slide as far as being physically active. Pregnancy is a great excuse to stay home and hit the bed at 7pm! I know that moving in general has a HUGE effect on how I feel so I want to make sure I am in tip top shape mentally and physically to give Atley what she needs going forward.
My April Happiness Habit is to start exercising 4 times per week.
My definition of exercising is very broad at the moment. Because I had a C-section and I haven’t done much physically in the last 8 months, I am counting anything involving moving as exercise. Walking around the block. Yoga. A stroll in the park. Anything. Hopefully, once I get back into the habit of moving, my workouts will get a little more intense and I can add weights and running back into the mix. I would like to run another half marathon by the end of the year. I know I can do it but I have to start again somewhere!
Tell me about your April goals!