Happy new year everyone! Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday season that brought you and your kin much joy and happiness. This year has gone very fast for me, and our first Christmas as a family with our daughter was a very special one. I feel very blessed indeed. Reegan even managed to wake up before midnight for the New Year's celebrations which was pretty cool. We had a quiet little shindig at home with a few friends, with lots of food and lots of booze (although not much booze for me sadly, still breastfeeding you see) and I made my famously enormous paella for us.
But anyway, at nearly five months post partum it's definitely time for me to kick things up a notch and set myself some goals (and take some real exercise). I had put on a bit of weight before I fell pregnant anyway, so by the end of my pregnancy I had around 14 kilos (30 ish pounds) to loose. I lost the first 12 kilos in two months after giving birth, which I put down partly to breastfeeding, partly to walking everywhere as I don't drive and also the fact that I began motherhood on an empty stomach because I was very sick during my labour. Plus you don't get much opportunity to sit around eating after having a baby. Unless you ask people for help and to fetch you things, which I am not good at because one of my worst traits is my stubborn pride and inability to ask for help even when I need it. Maybe thats another thing to work on this year...
This year's bat fit theme is nourishment, and I'm feeling very excited and optimistic to be finally joining the Professor and everyone else on this journey. As I mentioned before I am breastfeeding, so I have to eat well in order to keep my baby strong and healthy. When she is six months old I will be starting on solid foods, and I'm planning baby led weaning (letting them eat exactly what you eat - no purees or spoon feeding) so it's even more important to be eating well as a family.
To tell the truth I have also been feeling a tad burned out lately, Reegan has just gotten over her first cold and it's messed her sleeping patterns up terribly. So with feeling tired and also having a clingy baby has meant I haven't spent alot of time for myself at all the past couple of months. I recently just restarted a sewing project for Reegan, just some bunting with her name on it, and I realised then how much I miss crafting and how much better I feel just taking a little bit of time to create. As well as crafting I like to read and cook, and visit museums and historic sites, soaking up the atmosphere and learning new things. Ironic as it is because when I was actually in education I hated it and couldn't wait to escape it. This year I'm going to be taking more time for things I enjoy, whether alone or with my family, as to be the best mother I can be I must first take care to nourish myself.