I am learning everyday with my young daughters how to a better parent, homemaker and person. I believe in respectful, gentle parenting, being good to the earth, good to yourself, others and family and instilling good values in my child.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
6 months is enough
My newborn is no longer a newborn anymore.
In way you look at it 6 months is way out of the newborn stage, yet in many ways I feel I have been slacking like I'm still dealing with a newborn.
I still take naps most days (with Ev) my excuse has been well she is not sleeping through the night.
I am often in sweats, partly because I still need to lose some weight so I have a limited amount of clothes.
Our routine is lacking, the tv is on more then I like, meals are done on the fly and I just feel like a general slacker.
I decided 6 months is enough. Today Eve is 7 months so for about 2 weeks I've changed things up and am slowly starting to get back into a routine.
I'm not jumping in head first, I'm slowing adding things back into our days and week to get us motivated, keep us happy and productive.
The first thing I have done is eliminated my morning tv time.
It just started the day off wrong. When Eve was waking several time I needed to sit and watch some morning news, that would role into some tv time for Liv then aroun 930 10 our day would start. We were still in our pjs and got nothing done. I've got Eve sleeping better and am trying to go to bed earlier so now its breakfast then right upstairs to get dressed. Some days I will let myself be in sweats, but I'm trying to limit that too. Its not possible 100% since I still don't fit in lots of my clothes, but I'm getting there. 10 more lbs and some toning and I will be at pre-baby weight.
That is another reason why I wanted to get back into a routine. To fit in exercise time. On nice mornings I get everyone dressed and we go out for a walk while Eve naps in the Ergo.
For our week we are now doing:
Monday-market, grocery shopping in the morning afternoon-free
Tuesday-storytime in the morning at a local library, then park afterwards if nice afternoons-free
Wednesday-laundry day, outdoors garden day
Thursday- cleaning day/errand day
Friday-playdate, park day
I am trying to incorporate some more activities in our day so we don't depend on the tv anymore. I would love to get tv time back down to 1/2hour. Some days we are as high as 2 hours, most closer to 1.
Right now Liv is loving birds so its taking up lots of our time.
We bird watch, listen to bird calls in the car, identify birds from books, make sure there is food for them and try to listen to bird calls while outside.
I'm trying to get some of myself back. Dressing nice, doing my hair or make up daily, knitting or reading in the evenings, yoga and pilates some nights to help get back in shape.
I think 6 months is enough time and time to move on out of being all about the new baby. Spring is here so its the perfect time to refresh and get back to living life the way we enjoy.