Sorry, I don't have pictures to go with this one.
With the new year starting, or I guess it already started, most everyone reflects on things they would like to do better for the coming year and they decide to start at the very beginning of the year. This year has just not been that way for me. In my mind I felt like I should make New Year resolutions but for some reason I just was not motivated to do it! Since Lyla was born in early December, I spent most of that month adjusting to motherhood. Then we traveled during Christmas and New Years and before we got back from vacationing, we accepted the job in Chicago. So now we have been so focused on moving and making all the arrangements and have even started to pack up our apartment. I've just been so out of a routine for over a month now that I feel like I can't even begin to THINK about realistically setting and starting new goals. I have been feeling really guilty about this and the fact that I don't even have a motivation at this point to start a goal. However, I do want to start my New Year resolutions on March 1st.
Goals I have in mind:
Eat Healthy - I have a really hard time eating all 3 meals a day with snacks in-between. I have an even harder time making all my meals healthy. I did eat a little healthier when I was pregnant but I think I have gotten lazy again and I can really tell that it has affected my nursing. Apparently (I guess I should have known this) if you don't eat all of your meals with snacks in-between, it can affect the quantity of milk your baby gets. Unfortunately I have already seen this negative affect, so I am officially starting this goal a little early.
Regular Scripture Study - I am SO bad at this and always have been. I have experienced the difference in myself when I do read my scriptures and when I don't yet somehow I STILL have a really tough time with this one.
Keeping a Clean House - Nate and I both struggle with this one. This one, like scripture study, is another where I feel really good when the house is clean and I feel really good about myself when I clean the house, yet again I STILL somehow let the house get messy way too often.
Exercise Regularly - I just need to and want to.
Read More Often- I love when I am able to get into a good book. I really liked the Twilight saga and Nate and I have been listening to the Harry Potter books on tape, which we have absolutely LOVED. Anyone have any suggestions?
I think that will conclude my list of goals. I can't do too many or else I won't do any of them!
As for a quick update...
Lyla is doing good. She is starting to slowly get into the smile phase where she actually smiles at things she likes (rather than just smiling at nothing in particular) which is SO fun! She also LOVES to cuddle. Sometimes when she is fussy, Nate or I will lay her down next to us on the bed and put our face really close to hers and she just calms right down. However, this morning, she took Nate by surprise when she started to suck on his nose because she was hungry. She has a serious case of nipple confusion. She got her "procedure" done yesterday where they cut her Achilles tendon all the way through. She was not a happy camper. Apparently this is not a big deal for children up to age three and it will fully heal after about 2 weeks. After the procedure they casted both her legs for the last time. She wears this set for 3 weeks. Then she is scheduled to get her braces on Jan. 30th! Also, we are blessing Lyla on Jan. 25th.
Nate and Kelly are doing great! We're just busy preparing for the move. We are flying out to Chicago this Thursday to look for apartments. We are staying through the weekend so we can narrow down to our favorite places, then go to the wards to see which we like the best. Then we will fly back Monday. Then that weekend my mom and step-dad are coming up to Utah, and so is my brother Mike and possibly his wife Jen for Lyla's blessing. The next day Nate will pick up our truck so we can pack it up and he will leave Tuesday to make the 2 (or possibly 3) day drive out to Chicago. I, on the other hand, will have to stay to clean our apartment and wait for Lyla's appointment on the 30th. Then I will fly out to Chicago with Lyla on the 31st. The next few weeks are going to be BUSY and are going to fly by!