Thursday, January 17, 2008

2008 New Year's Resolutions

Okay, so I've established that there was plenty of room for improvement in my attainment of 2007 resolutions. So this year, I'm going to keep it simple.

2008 New Year's Resolutions
1) Have a baby.
As you can probably guess, from the fact that I'm posting on my blog, this resolution is already well underway. I'm in the second trimester, and my estimated due date is July 17. Keith and I are both more excited/nervous/scared/happy than I can really articulate. This is a step that we've talked about for years, and always knew we'd take someday, but just recently felt somewhat prepared to make a reality.

Or, to be honest, we've finally accepted that we will never really be "ready" to be parents, so right now we're probably as ready as we'll ever be! Keith has a good job that pays most of the bills, we've been settled in our house for a year and a half, and we've even managed to keep two pets happy and healthy for that length of time! What else do you need, really?

It's been hard to not write about it on the blog, when it's all I've been thinking about lately. So it's good to finally get the news out in the open! And if you don't want to hear anything about pregnancy, well, you might not want to visit too often over the next few months because I'm sure it'll be a big topic of discussion.

Obviously New Year's Resolution #1 has affected most of my usual goals (lose weight, run further/faster, etc.). I can't resist the urge to put down a few more goals here, but as long as #1 is accomplished successfully, everything else will be gravy.

2) Read 50 books, including 6 classics and 12 books by authors I don't know.
This might become a challenge in the second half of the year, so my goal is to try and get ahead before July. I bumped down my classics goal, since I never meet it anyway. The part about reading new authors was brought on by the feeling that, with focusing so much on classics, I just end up reading those or the same old mystery/romance authors I've already read. I really enjoy going into the library, picking a book at random, and hopefully finding a new favorite author. So I want to try and do more of that this year.

3) Eat healthy and stay in (relative) shape.
I always mean to eat healthy, but of course it's more important now than ever. Too bad I felt terrible during the first trimester, and all I wanted was McDonald's fries and Oreos! But the first trimester is over, and hopefully the nausea too (fingers crossed) so now I'll try even harder to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, and allow myself the occasional cheat day, instead of cheating every other day of the week.

I also want to keep working out enough to not lose the progress I've made running. Ideally, I'd keep running 3 times/week into the 7th month, with a low weekly mileage (around 12-15 miles). I'm planning on running the Flying Pig 10k (since I am famous for it and all;), but of course this is just a goal to keep me motivated. I've been disappointed so far with how tired I've been. I'm hoping that changes in the second trimester, but I'll just have to wait and see.

The real goal is to prepare myself for labor and delivery, so I'm more concerned with my fabulous Prenatal Pilates DVD that my parents got me, and getting some childbirthing classes so I have the best experience possible.

4) Stop freaking out so much.
This is a huge life change, and one that freaks me out to no end. Every day. Just ask Keith, or my Mom. For my sake, Little L's sake, and the sanity of everyone around me, I need to learn to handle it better. Maybe some meditation, more sleep, less reading about all the possible complications .... other than #1, I think this will be the hardest resolution of all!


Andrea said...

I can't stop smiling - we are so excited for the two of you! Little L is going to have two of the best parents ever. Welcome to the parents club - it's awesome! oh, and I promise to call soon! haha! :-)

Jonathan said...

I think the freaking out thing is going to be the biggest one for us too this year.

With the impending arrival of our adopted children, we keep finding each other either staring into space, or madly "doing stuff".

M. Lubbers said...

Thanks, Andrea! We're very glad to know people like you that have done it before us, so you can give us lots of good advice along the way!

Jonathan: I tend to be someone who freaks out anyway, so given a half-decent reason to do so, it escalates greatly. I'm hoping one the little one is actually here, I'll have better things to do. Is that naive?

Tracey said...

That`s lovely news :) My two girls are now 9 and 5, but I remember the pregnancies.. especially the eldest. I wasn`t actually sick but I felt sick :( The best part is when you start to feel your baby moving and of the course the scan pics! Always amazes me looking at scna pics! A close friend of mine is expecting as well and she is due in June and another friend of mine just had her baby last week!.. a little girl :D

M. Lubbers said...

Thanks, Tracey! I'm not far enough to feel the baby move yet, but we have a 3D ultrasound coming up in a few weeks and I'm really looking forward to it!

Bren said...

Oh look... there it is... Congratulations bud!! That's just sooooo awesome. Can't to wait to hear all the stories in the coming months!! I hope it all works out as planned for you, even though (as I'm sure everyone is telling you right now!!) children have an amazing ability to NOT follow the best laid plans... Little terrors. Either way, the rewards of being a parent - while frequently somewhat intangible - are very real and VERY satisfying.

And... just... YAY!

M. Lubbers said...

Hey Bren, so good to have you back! I'd been wondering where you'd gone off to. It's not the same without getting the Kiwi perspective on things;)

I know I didn't make it very easy to find the news; it would be been easier if I'd called the post "Having A Baby" or something else clear, but I just can't do something so easy, can I?;)

Thanks for the encouragement--I'm sure I'll be relying on you veterans and your advice in the coming months/years!