I’m sitting here with my little baba, both feeling so sorry for ourselves because we’re full of the cold and exhausted… so I thought it would be a good idea to think about some of the positive goals I want to set myself for the month ahead to cheer me up. I’m looking forward to this year so much, I can’t wait to see Archie grow and change more and more…it’s crazy to me that he’ll have his first birthday in just 8 months time, and we have so much to look forward to as a family.
Take Archie Swimming
Chris and I have been meaning to take the little monkey to the swimming pool for weeks now – his swim nappies and wetsuit have been in my Amazon basket for so long! He recently went through a phase (it lasted a couple of weeks or so) where he decided that bathtime was the worst thing in the entire world and just screamed through it all, so I was a bit apprehensive about swimming, but he seems to be past that now – fingers crossed – and we are going to bite the bullet and take him next week. I’ll be sure to update you on how it goes!
We recently realised that the three of us have only had a proper day out as a family maybe once or twice – which is crazy! Over the next few weeks I want to plan loads of family adventures and activities so that we spend as much time as possible together whilst we can. Chris has the same days off every week and I’m obviously not working, so there’s no excuse not to… We already have one day trip planned for next week, so this goal is off to a good start. I’ll make sure to record as much of our trips as possible so that we can look back on them in the future and remember the time we get to spend together enjoying each others company and making memories.
Taking – and passing – my theory test
This ties in with the last goal, as our day trip involves me going to take my driving theory test…again. I am determined to pass this time! I am pretty much ready to start taking mock tests with my driving instructor once my theory is out of the way, and I couldn’t be more excited at the thought of finally getting my license.
De-clutter and Organise
This month I really want to start getting rid of things that are just cluttering up my home, and begin to both be more organised at home and have a more organised schedule. I never usually have a plan for the week ahead and I’m finding that more often that not I have NO clue what I have to do, when I have to do it, and things just aren’t getting done and Archie and I aren’t getting out enough. The main reason for de-cluttering and organising my home is that I’m hopeful we will be moving in the next few months – and I want the process to be as easy as possible! Over the past few months we have collected more and more things and it’s getting overwhelming when we live in such a small house. I recently had a huge clear out of Archie’s clothes and will do the same to mine, then tackle the household bits we don’t really use/need.
Chris and I are both guilty of not eating healthily and DEFINITELY do not drink enough water. I’m determined to plan our weekly meals with keeping a little bit healthier in mind, and to force myself to drink more. I never usually feel thirsty so it’s more a case of reminding myself that I need to drink a certain amount of water a day because I know that my body, skin and mind will thank me more it. Making small changes like not using oil, using less salt and replacing potatoes with vegetables should help us feel little bit better and less like lazy sofa surfers. I lost all my baby weight once Archie was born, so have no excuse at all for my ever-growing stomach and wobbly thighs… I take Archie for a walk every day (weather dependant) and am starting swimming once a week in the evenings, and Chris uses his weights and exercise bike multiple times a week – so we really are trying!
Take Care of Myself
Since my little monkey was born I totally stopped taking good care of myself – I used to shower every day, wash, dry and style my hair, put makeup on and actually regularly shave my legs… and now that’s a distant memory! It was acceptable for the first couple of months of Archie’s life but now that we are settled into this new lifestyle, I really have to make some more time for myself and start enjoying the feeling of looking put together again. I plucked my eyebrows for the first time in over a month yesterday and I can’t even remember the last time I painted my nails, so it’s definitely time to make the change. I’m being realistic when I say that there will still be days – today included – where showering, hair and makeup is totally out of the option because my son needs my time and attention ALL day long… but I will be making more effort as and when I have some free time. And hey, if all else fails – just use a cute snapchat filter, right?
Work, Work, Work…
Over the last few weeks I have been browsing the paper and checking online for any job vacancies. I’m not in any rush to go back to work, but if a part-time job comes up that I feel would suit me then I’ll definitely go for it! I recently passed a Receptionist Diploma that I completed from home, so have added that to my CV in the hope that an office job becomes available – at least by the time my Maternity Leave is over. I love spending time with Archie every single day, but I do miss the work environment and keeping my mind busy, at least for a couple of days a week.
Youtube and Blog
Following up on keeping more organised, this month I want to start scheduling a blog post every week (I haven’t decided on a day yet) so that I keep as active as possible and provide as much good content that I can. I love writing my blog and don’t want to let it dwindle away, so I think scheduling and planning posts will keep me moving forward. I am also going to start my Youtube channel this month. It’s linked at the bottom of my blog under ‘Social’, so feel free to subscribe so that when my first video goes up, you’ll be notified. I am going to be posting some beauty and lifestyle videos – daily vlogs, hauls, favourites etc. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages, and don’t want to put it off any more! It will be such a fun hobby and vlogging will allow me to be able to look back on Archie in a few months, years even, and keep all the memories I can. My best friend is also planning on starting a channel, so it’ll be such a fun adventure for us both to start together!
Living in the Moment
From now on, I really want to make a conscious effort to have less phone/laptop time and really enjoy all the time I have with my little boy and his amazing Daddy. I will still take photos of every moment and document as much as I can, but really want to spend less time browsing through twitter or instagram not really DOING anything whilst I could be playing with Archie or having fun with Chris. He’s growing so fast and Chris works a lot, so I should be making the most of every second I get with both my boys. That said, I’m going to shut my laptop down and go and play with my little monkey who is currently trying to grab at his own little monkey toy – to shove in his mouth, I’m sure…