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Back when I was blogging regularly, I always wrote about my goals for the month. I’ve been reflecting a lot on what I want from my blog, and I realized I really missed setting monthly goals. Having something to work towards each month gave me a sense of purpose. And monthly goals are way more obtainable than anything longer than that.
So, here we are, workin’ on goals for February.
- Drink a gallon of water a day – Yup, I’m back on the water train. Seriously y’all, I cannot seem to drink enough water unless I am super intentional about it. I have my big gallon water jug, but I’ve really been enjoying a smaller insulated cup lately. So I’m going to fill up my gallon jug each morning and then pour that into my insulated jug. That way I don’t have to keep track of how many little cups I’ve had. Rather, I can look at my big gallon jug and see how much more I need to drink each day.
- Go on daily walks – I’ve really been enjoying going on 30 minute walks lately, mainly because James is still small enough that I can wrap him up on my body and zip him up in my jacket. I love having him close to me, all snuggled in and warm. I will eventually have to use the stroller for walks because I won’t be able to zip him up in my jacket for much longer. To be honest, this is the first time I’ve actually thought about using the stroller for a walk with him, and it’s making me quite sad. Babies don’t keep, y’all! But back to what I was saying… getting some movement and fresh air each day will be good for me both physically and mentally.
- Pump at least twice a day – Some women are fortunate enough to be able to pump like 5 ounces of milk in 10 minutes. I, unfortunately, am not one of those women. It takes me about an hour to get a single ounce. :/ But I want to pump so that Keenan can feed James for a bonding moment each night and so that I can have milk for him if someone else is watching him for me. The act of pumping in itself works well for me. I snuggle up in a rocker in James’ room and read a book while I pump. But since it takes me so long to pump even an ounce, I’m bound to the pump for around two hours a day. And then there’s all these other things to consider: I have to pump directly after I feed James so I make sure he is getting enough milk, the pump parts need to be sterilized each day and dry before each usage, morning milk is different than evening milk, my left boob doesn’t produce as much as my right when I’m pumping, etc. Thinking of all the logistics to make this happen means I need to really plan out my day and need to be mentally prepared to tackle it all.
- Make the bed more – I’m not one of those people that needs to make the bed everyday to feel like I’m starting the day off on the right foot. In fact, I’m spending a lot of my day in bed with James… topless… breastfeeding (it’s a full time job, y’all… like for real). But I do like the idea of a made bed. I don’t care if I make the bed everyday, but I want to try to push myself to get out of bed more and making my bed will help me do just that.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – Postpartum is not always pleasant when it comes to your body. I know it’s a miracle and absolutely incredible what my body did to make and deliver James, but it doesn’t mean it was or is comfortable. I’m usually pretty confident with how I look, and don’t care too much about weight or size, but damn if these tatas of mine aren’t bigger than watermelons. And I’m not even joking. Because the jugs are so large, it’s making all my old clothes fit differently. So I’m not fitting in my maternity clothes (they’re too big) and I’m also not quite fitting in my pre-pregnancy clothes (they’re just too small). And it feels silly to buy new clothes when my old ones are just slightly too tight. I don’t really want to worry about my weight or size, especially while I’m breastfeeding, but I do think focusing on eating more fruits and vegetables will help my body slim down a bit. Then I might fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes slightly better. And if I don’t, hopefully I’ll just feel better and healthier in general.
I realize that these goals are basically centered around me, and not my kids, but that is super intentional. Being a mom of two means time for myself is very sparse. So I made goals that will help me better myself so then I can also be better for my kids and my family. Wish me luck and have a happy day, y’all!