New Year’S Resolutions As A New Mom
Since this is my first full calendar year as a new mom, January 1 is a great opportunity to start fresh and define some goals for the upcoming year.
Usually I have pretty grand New Year's Resolutions -- learning a new language, traveling to a new country and switching careers have all made past lists. But since this year I became a new mom, I'm going back to basics and choosing New Year's Resolutions that are realistically attainable.
New Year's Resolutions for a new momma:
Ditch the baby weight (for reals, yo)
Whoever said that breastfeeding would cause the baby weight to “fall right off” lied. While there certainly might be women out there who look fabulous only a few weeks after giving birth just by breastfeeding and going for leisurely stroller walks, I am not one of them.
It’s obvious the rest of this baby weight is not coming off without hard work. It’s time to get my (expanded) rear in gear.
Catch more zzz’s
Sure, I went through sleepless nights in college and was still able to actually function the next day, but let’s face it, I’m not 21 years-old anymore. Now that I’m in my 30’s I understand the value of getting a good night’s sleep.
Being a natural night owl it’s tough for me to get to bed at a reasonable hour and even though my baby is finally sleeping through the night (hallelulah!), I find myself still up till the wee hours only because that’s the only time I have to myself.
But chronic sleep deprivation is not cool kids. Getting better shut-eye is climbing up my to-do list since it will help me function more efficiently and be a better mommy.
Get some “me-time”
Before having a baby I used to think “me-time” was just a cheesy term used in women’s magazines. Turns out, it’s a real and necessary thing for new moms.
Pre-kids your free time is spent getting mani/pedi’s, having long brunches with gal pals and shopping at a whim.
Post-baby your “free time” tends to be spent catching up on work, responding to emails while you’re hands-free, hunting down clothes without spit-up on them and shopping for diapers (again!).
While being a mommy sure is fantastic, it’s important to also maintain your own identity as an individual and finding some time to indulge yourself is key. It’s time to start penciling this in the calendar because, let’s face it, that’s the only way it’s going to happen.
Connect as a couple
My babysitter, and mother of two kids, recently told me that she and her husband have a tradition of going away once a year — just the two of them. I absolutely love this idea.
Becoming parents can be a doozy for your marriage and it’s super easy to always talk about the kids rather than your own interests. This year resolve to carve out dedicated couple time either by going on regular date nights or get away for an occasional romantic weekend.
Swap sitting services with another couple to keep your date night budget-friendly or try free activities like going for a hike or bike ride to keep costs down with the added expense of hiring a babysitter.
What will you resolve to do this year?