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Well, it’s 2016. While I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions, I am thinking I need to set some serious goals this year. It’s SO easy to get caught in the hustle and bustle of life that you forget to take care of yourself. 2015 was definitely one of those years for me. How about you?
While my husband and I need to sit down and write out our family goals, I am going to actually write a few for myself- because my 2016 is going to start off with a *BANG!* We’re expecting our 4th girl in January and are SO excited! Maybe because it’s my 4th baby, maybe because I’m in my mid-30’s and wiser, or maybe it’s because I’ve made all the mistakes before, but this time, it will be different.
This time, I will be focusing on ME and not just baby.
You see, having a baby is just as much about the mother as the baby but that’s easily forgotten. It becomes so easy to put “ME” off and chant “baby, baby, baby” over and over again. We become lost, alone, and overwhelmed. Not this time. Not for me.
In 2016, I am allowing myself to focus on ME along with the baby and giving myself permission to put myself first- so I can properly care for ALL of my soon-to-be 4 girls.
5 Things I’m Doing For ME Before Baby Comes:
haircut- there will be a ton of pictures taken in the hospital and I want to look my best.
pedicure- when my feet were up by my face and I was pushing with Emory I was thankful my toes looked pretty. Sounds weird but I remember it clear as day. I will have pretty toes again this time.
buy books- I am going to buy all the eBooks I’ve been wanting. Perfect for late night/early morning feedings.
enlist help- I am having my husband and girls step up and do some extra work to prepare the house. For some reason, this whole pregnancy I’ve wanted all the doors in the house scrubbed front and back. The 6 year old can do the kitchen cabinets and the bigger ones can do the room doors. There might not be a rhyme or reason for it, but it’s important to ME so I will insist it is done.
rest- I am going to rest when I need to- guilt free. It’s hard work building a baby and the first few weeks after they’re born. I don’t feel any pressure to get up and get moving if I don’t want to. I am giving myself permission to rest before baby comes and rest some more, nurse, sleep when I can, and just be present with baby in the first few weeks after her arrival. I will include my older 3 girls in the process and I will not feel bad if they miss a few things here and there because I am resting. I believe that this is a great lesson that I can teach them for when they have their own babies.
BONUS: I am also going to take pictures and let others take pictures. I don’t care what I look like, how long it’s been since I’ve showered, how much weight I still need to lose, or how messy my hair is, I will allow this to be documented for her to look back on when she’s older.
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