Saturday, February 28, 2015

Baby 2 Pregnancy Journal: Week 24!

{24 weeks was actually Feb. 21, 2015. I'm about a week behind in posting an update}

This baby deep inside of me, ever so small, is a child of God. A child that God gave to me to take care of whether for a day or for years. That care began at conception. Whether he or she lives or dies each day I am with him or her is a gift and has a purpose with eternal consequences. My baby is now a part of my life, my testimony. -Brenda Rodgers, "New Rules for Announcing a Pregnancy"


How far along: 24 weeks! Wow, hard to believe that she will be here in only 9-11 weeks! Ah!
 
"Much of [baby's] weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. Those little ears of hers are getting sharper and can hear very loud sounds, from a yapping dog to a jackhammer. Also by now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Is your baby a brunette, a blonde, or a redhead? Actually, right now her locks are white since there's no pigment yet.-What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition

Baby size:  "Your baby is about eight and a half inches long and weighs one and a half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week.-What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition
 
Gender: Girl!
Weight gain: I have another ob appointment coming up, and will have a new number then. 
 
Belly: This belly is feeling really big! I'm much bigger than I was with Tennyson (though that doesn't necessarily mean the baby's bigger). This baby belly is as big, if not bigger, at 25 weeks than it was at 33 weeks in my first pregnancy! Wow! I can't even fathom how big it will be by the time she arrives. I suppose the shot is doing it's job in allowing for greater expansion. (It better!  haha)
 
    I fear the state of my abs by the end. I had a pretty good case of diastasis recti in my first pregnancy, and retained a pretty good gap between my abs. This time, my muscles are stretching even more which has been rather uncomfortable at times. The area around my belly button even has a bit of a blue tone due to the lack of muscle underneath! I've got a feeling it's going to get much worse. I guess my little frame just has a hard time accommodating a baby. But, praise the Lord this body of mine is hanging in there and still carrying! That's what matters most!
 
 Sleep: Sleep is...well, sleep doesn't really happen anymore. For one reason or another I just don't sleep well at night. Some days are just brutal and when it's been several days in a row a teary meltdown is bound to happen. A daytime nap is essential, but sometimes even then I have a difficult time sleeping. I thought once about how very soon the matter won't be just a restless night, but an actual being up for several hours each night nursing and potentially pumping as well. I'm a little nervous about so little rest while also having so much demand in caring for everyone each day.
 
Symptoms: Fatigue continues to be a constant struggle. I've reluctantly had to let some standards slide a bit as I just don't have the energy to keep up fully each day.
 
I've also come to a point of needing to eat smaller portions throughout the day. This belly is running out of space for larger meals. hah

 Clothes: Well, I've had to purchase more maternity clothes. I loved the low-rise style of pants early on, but have outgrown them. They'll be good for transitioning back to regular clothes later. I'm now loving pants with a full panel. I also found a couple of tops while at the store. It's taking more to cover this bigger belly. haha
 
I finally placed an order for layering pieces to help fill in some gaps in my maternity/post-partum wardrobe. I had several maxi dresses for after the C-section, and now I have the layering pieces that will make them wearable (ie modest). yay! Good to get a start on things! (I kind of wish it was warmer so I could wear them now. I miss skirts and dreses. hah.).
 
Movement: I'm still moving pretty good. I can't say much for exercise. Maintaining the house and caring for Tennyson has been pretty good exercise in my opinion! haha.

Baby Movement: So far, it feels like she must have plenty of room. It amazes me how I can feel her from one side to the next! She's all over the place (including her favorite place at times...my bladder. haha). Oh, and does this girl love to kick! If I'm active, then she's still. If I'm still then she's active (uh hem..at night). She can get some really good ones in too! Sometimes she moves so much that I can watch her from the outside. It's exciting!
 
 Food aversions: Not sure. I still don't have as strong of a preference for meat and heavy meals, but that's pretty typical even when not pregnant.
 
Food cravings: I still love sweets far more than I should. Sooo good though! I could eat my weight in chocolate cake! hahaha

What I miss: Having a more energy to get more done in the day. I miss a cleaner house, but I suppose it's insignificant in comparison to more rest or stressing out over getting it all done all the time.
 
 What I'm excited about: I'm getting pretty excited to meet her! I feel so blessed to have her. I keep reminding myself of her little self on the last ultrasound and imagining being able to hold her soon. The thoughts help me get through the shots each week. I'd do anything for her.

     Speaking of shots, I've made it to the halfway point! 10 done and 10 more to go! HOORAY!!!! I know it will all be worth it in the end to have her and she (hopefully) not have to have a NICU stay. I thought during the last shot that as difficult as they are I'd rather it be me that must go through it than her in the NICU. 10 more! I can do it! :)

      I've really been feeling the need to get desired items purchased and ready, including our hospital bags. I'll also want to put a two-day bag together for Tennyson. We could have months before her arrival, but I learned very well from the last time that we just don't know. If we run into complications or she decides to arrive at some point, then I want to be completely ready to just grab bags and go. I've kind of been the same way in regard to preparing in our home. I'm considering things like having diapering supplies downstairs so that I don't have to run up and down the stairs with two little ones every time one of them needs a diaper. I would still really like a swing, which will probably mean moving an end table to the garage to create space. Freezer meals or other preplanned meals would be amazing to have (but we've yet to start on them). Lots of preparations! I absolutely don't want to get caught completely unprepared again!
 
What I'm nervous about: I'm getting rather nervous about caring for a newborn, toddler, and everything else at the same time. Many days I struggle for the strength to do and be everything for everyone. I'm wondering how I'm going to handle everything, especially on little sleep (which is the biggest trigger for me). I've recently come across some blog posts that have been an encouragement (God's showing me that it is possible and I can do it?).
 
I'm also very nervous about her arriving super early. Even though we (miraculously) made it to 33 weeks with Tennyson, I also know that there is always the possibility of a micropreemie with this condition. Micropreemies really scare me. Every little ache and pain makes me panic just a little bit. It was quick to get to this point in the pregnancy, but I think from here on out it will be slow just waiting for her arrival. haha

 

Recent Reads: #1

    Throughout the week, I'll come across articles online that will serve as an encouragement to me. I thought I might begin saving them in a weekly post so that I could reread them when a reminder is necessary. I also thought some of them may be of an encouragement to anyone who reads this blog. If so, enjoy! :)

"Making the Most of the Younger Years"
     The little years can be tough. They're certainly tougher and busier than I ever imagined and I'm just getting started! This post was such a refreshing reminder that despite it all the most important task I have before me is reaching their hearts for Christ. As a parent, it's my top priority to disciple my children. How quickly I forget!

"How Do You Keep Up with All Your Kids"
     I thought this article was a great piece on keeping up with each child's emotional, spiritual and physical needs. As we are soon to transition our attention from one child to two, the wisdom shared in this article was a good learning piece.

"Why Your Children Annoy You and Your Homemaking Is Boring"
    This is such a needed message about the enticement of escapes like the internet. I personally love reading articles, browsing blog sites, and pinning interesting ideas on Pinterest. And, I'll confess, there have been many times in which these activities have struck me as much more exciting than the work involved in caring for the home and family, especially during difficult moments. I must agree with the author that this can too easily lead to discontentment and disengagement in one's home and family- entities that have far greater value. I feel the need to reprioritize things in life after reading this article!

"I Signed Up For This"
    Here it is- a big slap in the face. I wanted this role. I gave up a career to focus on home and family. Yet, I've struggled so deeply with handling just how demanding it can be. I don't think I'm alone either. I think this struggle is rampant among mamas.  It's like we wanted this role, but didn't quite realize what exactly we were signing up for and in turn have been exasperated and exhausted by it. This article was such a good wake up call to me. In the future I'll be reciting, "I signed up for this" and "therefore take joy in it" during those difficult moments.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Focus Play: Facial Features

(Okay, so I'm not an artist! Haha!)
 
    This activity will be used again when Tennyson's older. For now, it's just a fun introduction to facial features!
 
     He didn't fully grasp the concept, but at only 13 months old I didn't fully expect him to. The goal for focused play at this stage is just exposure, exploration, and fun! I think he did enjoy the one-on-one time and attention. He also enjoyed trying to grasp...and eat.. the pieces. So, for now this activity takes some supervision but it was great to introduce something new for him and us get to spend some focused time together.
 
To make:
Materials:
-colored paper (or you could color in the pieces with crayons or markers)
-magnet sheets
-clear contact paper (or a laminator)
 
Instructions:
     I used a blank face template that I found online as a guide. I then drew and cut out some basic facial features. Each piece was then "laminated" using the clear contact paper. This step will add durability to the activity. Last, I attached a piece of magnet to the back of each piece. It's important that the magnet piece covers the back of the pieces. This will help everything to stick better against the desired surface.
 
To play:
     Ideally, a small magnetic mirror (like a locker mirror) would be a good addition to the side of the face. I didn't have one at the time, but will be keeping an eye out for one. The mirror would help him connect the pieces to his own facial features. (Plus, little ones just love to look at themselves! haha).
 
     Attach the blank face to a magnetic surface such as a sheet tray or the surface of the refrigerator. I then would ask, "Where is Tennyson's eye? (Pointed to his eye) There is Tennyson's eye! Can we find the eye and add it to this face? (Located piece and placed it in the proper place on the face)."
 
Variations:
    For an older child, the same questioning can be used, except allow him/her to point to each feature and place the piece on the face.
 
     Create some silly facial features and/or hats for added fun. Allow the child to arrange the pieces as desired for an independent play activity.
 
    A smaller felt version would be a great "to go" option. (Use for quiet places or times such as church).
 




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monster Nap

    I haven't done a "daily life" post in a while. I've kind of missed recording our time together! There's no time like the present to begin again!

    Today has been "off" to say the least. Last night was the third night in which I felt awake most of the night. My mind and body are functioning in slow motion today! We've all been rather sleep deprived lately. Tennyson slept until the 8 o'clock hour, at which time he just laid in bed and chatted a bit. This is very unusual for him. He usually wakes within the 6 o'clock hour when we're up and starting the day. Even though he wasn't fussing to be gotten out of bed, I went ahead and got him up. I think he had rather stayed though. He just had a hard time with each step of the morning's activities. A couple hours later I laid him back down for a morning nap and he proceeded to sleep for three hours! I kept checking on him, and began to be concerned that he may be coming down with something. However, after the monster nap he seemed refreshed enough to make it through another few hours of the day before needing some more rest.

     I probably should have napped during that time this morning, but I had a fun crafty "teeny tot school" project that I was itching to complete. I left the dishes and laundry for the time being and enjoyed getting my creative juices flowing. Creativity is such an essential element of my being, and I am so much happier when I can get a project in now and then! Tennyson is a bit young to free play with this particular activity currently, so we mainly just talked about the pieces. It will be even more fun for him when he can work with it a little better. (And when that time comes I'll be glad I already had it made!). (I'll share the full project on this Friday's "Focused Play Friday" post :) ).

(Poor little bruised head. Learning to walk
independently is rough stuff!)
     I later did catch a little nap during the afternoon. I think we both hit a wall by 4pm, and desperately needed a little rest. David came home from work afterwards, and I took advantage of he and Tennyson getting in some playtime while I shopped online. Hard to believe I've officially outgrown my pants that aren't a full panel. I also have several shirts that I've worn since my first pregnancy and they're getting pretty worn out. Also on my list was a handful of camisoles that I'll rework to make nursing camis. I was super excited to see that DownEast Basics now have halftee style camisoles! I purchased several dresses many months ago to wear after the baby arrives (for a C-section, dresses are amazing because nothing touches). However, they all needed sleeves and a higher neckline. Hooray for this one halftee that meets all the needs and makes each dress wearable! I'm finally getting all the pieces I've needed to fill in the gaps of my maternity/post-partum wardrobe (a task I've put off for months). With only 10 weeks left until we meet this little girl, I'm feeling an intense desire to get completely ready. I think being caught so completely off-guard the first time has left a permanent impression on me to be fully ready as soon as possible. I'm very grateful to be able to simply place various orders for clothing items, and not have to worry about not having anything (or anything appropriate) to wear once the baby arrives.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Focused Play: Pots & Pans Play

 
     Tennyson really enjoys exploring our home environment and the many interesting things in it. Often, he finds our everyday household items much more interesting than his toys. That makes for an easy focused play activity!
 
    Pots & pans are a fun play activity for him and super inexpensive for me (whoo hoo for free!). Plus, there are so many learning extension opportunities! I've listed a few ideas below:
  • lid fit- demonstrate how different lids fit different size pots
  • big & small- talk about which pot is "small" and which is "big"
  • loud & soft- use a cooking utensil to bang softly on a pot and then loudly. Alternatively, drop a hard object into the pan (like a wooden ball), and then drop a soft object (like a foam ball)
  • in & out- select an item to place "in" the pot and then take it "out." Ask child to perform the task
  • pretend- select items to "cook." Use a cooking utensil to stir.
  • transfer- practice transferring items from inside of one pot to inside the other.
    Although we went through all these concepts, the main purpose is just exploration and play. He enjoyed putting block in the pots. He would also repeatedly remove the lids and place them back on with a bang. I think he really enjoyed making the loud sounds!
 
     Overall, it was a pretty successful focused play activity! I'm sure we'll pull out the pots, pans, and other kitchen cookware for another playtime in the future. :)



Monday, February 16, 2015

Baby 2 Pregnancy Journal: Week 22!

{22 weeks was actually Feb. 07, 2015. I'm about a week behind in posting an update}

This baby deep inside of me, ever so small, is a child of God. A child that God gave to me to take care of whether for a day or for years. That care began at conception. Whether he or she lives or dies each day I am with him or her is a gift and has a purpose with eternal consequences. My baby is now a part of my life, my testimony. -Brenda Rodgers, "New Rules for Announcing a Pregnancy"

How far along: 20 weeks! We're over halfway there! Hard to believe this little one could be here as soon as only 13 weeks (but hopefully 15 weeks). Wow! Time has flown by in this pregnancy!
 
"developing senses, including touch, sight, hearing, and taste. ... He or she may grab onto the umbilical cord (there's not much else to hang onto in there) and practice the strong grip that will soon be clutching your fingers (and pulling on your hair). ... Though it's dark in the uterine cocoon -- and even with fused eyelids -- fetuses this age can perceive light and dark. ... [The baby's hearing] The sound of your voice and that of your partner, your heart beating, the whoosh-whoosh of your blood circulating through your body, those gastric gurgles produced by your stomach and intestines, the dog barking, sirens and a loud TV. ... [The baby's tasting] pretty much everything you're tasting (so pass the salad)." -What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition
 
Baby size:  "Forget about ounces, baby. This week we're talking about a whopping weight of 1 pound and a length of nearly 8 inches, about the size of a small doll." -What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition
 
Gender: Girl!
 Weight gain: According to my last appointment, I've gained two pounds since last month. That puts me up to 125lbs and a total gain of 9lbs. Pretty good for me! 
 
Belly: This belly is beginning to feel really big! I'm much bigger than I was with Tennyson (though that doesn't necessarily mean the baby's bigger). It's definitely getting more difficult to maneuver through tasks during the day, especially carrying Tennyson. We're making it work though!
 
 Sleep: Sleep is...well, sleep doesn't really happen anymore. For one reason or another I just don't sleep well at night. I absolutely have to take at least an hour nap during the day to get through the rest of the day.
 
Symptoms: Fatigue continues to be a constant struggle. I've reluctantly had to let some standards slide a bit as I just don't have the energy to keep up fully each day.

 Clothes: Amazingly, some of my maternity clothes are getting too short or too snug. I have a sneaky feeling I'm going to have to purchase some larger sizes by the time we reach the 30s. haha
 
Movement: I'm still moving pretty good. I can't say much for exercise. Maintaining the house and caring for Tennyson has been pretty good exercise in my opinion! haha.

Baby Movement: Oh, does this girl love to kick! If I'm active, then she's still. If I'm still then she's active (uh hem..at night). She can get some really good ones in too! Sometimes she moves so much that I can watch her from the outside. It's exciting!
 
 Food aversions: Not sure. I still don't have as strong of a preference for meat and heavy meals, but that's pretty typical even when not pregnant.
 
Food cravings: I still love sweets far more than I should. I've come to enjoy a glass of chocolate instant breakfast before bed each night. It's my something sweet in the day. hehe. I've also taken out a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies in a shamefully short amount of time. Ah, but sooo good!

What I miss: Having a more energy to get more done in the day. I miss a cleaner house, but I suppose it's insignificant in comparison to more rest or stressing out over getting it all done all the time.
 
It's getting harder to carry and hold Tennyson. I'm trying hard to not hold him in such a way that he'd put pressure on my belly. He's getting to be a big, heavy boy though. I manage during the day, but am glad to relinquish the holding and carrying to David when I can. We still get in our Mama - Tennyson time though.
 
 What I'm excited about: I'm getting pretty excited to meet her! I feel so blessed to have her. I keep reminding myself of her little self on the last ultrasound and imagining being able to hold her soon. The thoughts help me get through the shots each week. I'd do anything for her.

      I've been really trying to make necessary purchases to be prepared. I'm up to eight preemie outfits, and recently ordered preemie socks and scratch mittens. Oh, goodness they're so tiny! Yet, I remember when Tennyson was that small and those outfits didn't look so small on him. It's exciting to be getting items ready and making preparations for our expanding family!

 
What I'm nervous about: I've been really stressed and worried about having extended family here after she arrives. I've even been unable to sleep lately just thinking about them visiting. We don't have entirely peaceful relationships with either side of family. Their visits are also a lot of work for me. I'm going to have more people to tend to and more stress to deal with at a time in which I need the least amount of both of those things. I'm really, really stressed about them coming at that particular time. I know they mean well, but I really wish they'd wait until later. :/

Friday, February 13, 2015

Focused Play: Smelling Bottles

 
     These simple bottles kept little man entertained for quite a while! He enjoyed manipulating the flip caps and exploring the various scents. They were such a fun (and inexpensive!) activity to add to our day(s). I imagine these will be refilled with lots of different scents and used many more times!
Materials:
  • Set of travel bottles
  • Scents such as extracts or essential oils. Fresh herbs would be wonderful when they're available! 
     If using extracts or oils, then simply apply liquid to a cotton ball and then drop it into the bottle. A few leaves or sprig of fresh herbs would work well also. (You could put a piece of hosiery or cheese cloth over the opening before screwing on the lid if you choose to use anything that might come out through the pour spout.)
 
     For young children, simply allow them to explore the bottles and scents. For older children, a matching game could be made from this activity. Create two bottles of each scent. Don't label the bottles! Take some time to allow the child to become familiar with each scent. Then, ask the child to match the scent bottles.



Friday, February 6, 2015

Focused Play: Hickory Dickory Dock

video

     Song time! We sat down to sing the nursery rhyme, "Hickory Dickory Dock." Songs with motions are a great way to engage a little one! There are numerous resources available for lyrics and motions, but I found that creating my own was pretty easy as well. I'll take his little grins to be grins of approval for this activity!

Our slightly altered version of "Hickory Dickory Dock"
Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory Dock

Tick, Tock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two
The mouse yelled, 'boo!'
Hickory Dickory Dock

Tick, Tock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three
The mouse yelled, 'wee!'
Hickory Dickory Dock

Tick, Tock

Hickory, Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four
The mouse said, 'no more'
Hickory Dickory Dock

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Focused Play

    Within our daily schedule is a time set aside for Tennyson and I to have one-on-one focused playtime. I feel like this time is important for the following reasons:
  • Although we are together and interacting throughout the day, my attention is often split between Tennyson and a task. For example, I may be doing dishes or folding laundry while also being with and talking to Tennyson. It's important that at some point I give him my undivided attention. I schedule this time so that I'm not having to choose between housework or child(ren). Both are given a proper time in the day.
    • Without this time children may begin to misbehave as a means of getting your attention. They don't differentiate between positive or negative attention, but aim to gain any attention. Giving them a time each day that they know they'll get your undivided attention helps ease this behavior problem.
    • A set time also curves sibling rivalry. Each child is given an adequate turn for them to have your exclusive attention. The other children will learn good character qualities as they wait for their turn. They don't have to compete with one another for Mama's attention, and you don't have to feel pulled by everyone and everything at once.
  • Focused playtime teaches a child the ability to be still and play quietly. This is part training children for proper behavior. Practice at home will make going out much easier (ie sitting in church, doctor's offices or other places in which they can't be running around and yelling).
  • We intend to homeschool at least the early years, and so establishing a focused playtime early will help us ease into having school time at home. I will have already been accustomed to planning and preparing activities, and he'll already be well practiced at having to sit and play/work for a period of time.

     At this stage of his development we're focused entirely on exploration through the senses. Activities are very, very simple and intended just to be fun. My goal is to do a new activity each weekday, but it depends entirely on the course of the day. Right now, I like to use Productive Parenting for activity ideas. As he gets older I plan to add exploration bins (aka sensory bins) and activity bins (aka busy bags). When he's two years old, we'll incorporate activities from Before Five In a Row. Then, later full preschool homeschool. But, again, right now my focus is just in establishing the focused playtime together each day and us having fun.

     I thought it might be fun to record and share some of our focused playtime activities here on the blog. We'll call it "Focused Play Fridays." Look out for our first post this Friday :)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Resolutions In Review

     I set four resolutions for 2015: 1) 52 Week Savings Plan, 2) 52 Week Projects, 3) 52 Week Bible Reading in Chronological Order and 4) 4) Proactive vs. Reactive In My Days. Now that the first month of the year has gone by, I thought I'd do a little review of those resolutions.

1) 52 Week Savings Plan- This was tougher than I expected! According to the plan I'm following the beginning of the year requires the greatest amounts of savings and then it tapers off as the year continues. We had numerous out of the ordinary expenses this month, and so the weekly deposit was frequently skipped. I made up for it by the end of the month, though, when we received some extra, non-salary income. So, at the conclusion of the month the amount saved is still the same as if I had been putting that money aside each week. I think next month will be a bit easier with less expenses and less amounts to be saved each week. I'm still motivated to be able to present David with the saved "seed money" for his life's dream by the end of the year!

2) 52 Projects- This month's projects ended up making this photobook month.
  • (done) 1 family yearbook of 2014 for David's parents for their Christmas gift
  • (done) 1 family yearbook of 2014 for my parents for their Christmas gift
(both families were told that their gifts would arrive in January. I wanted to be able to include
          Tennyson's first Christmas in their books)
  • (in progress) 1 pregnancy journal photobook of my pregnancy with Tennyson- (I took all the weekly blog update posts and turned them into a photobook. I still have to proofread all the text and then will wait until the next holiday to order so I can get a discount code.
  • (incomplete)  1 family yearbook of 2014 for us- This book is intended to include the majority of the photos I've taken of our family during 2014. I also intend to order a cd of all the photos taken to be kept in the back of the yearbook. This is my solution for not having loose photos to store. I also think the book will be more fun for the kids to look through one day. If we need any pictures printed then I can access all of them with the cd)
  •  (incomplete) 1 pregnancy journal photobook of my pregnancy with Annelise started - I intended to go ahead and start converting the weekly blog updates into a photobook so that I don't have to create the entire book at once after she arrives.
    I got behind on completing each project this month. One reason was that I paused to work on projects for Tennyson's first birthday. I also started doing more daily life blog posts during my "project time" in the evenings. I've really enjoyed getting to reflect and record our family life though. Another reason for so many incomplete projects this month was that I just got tired of doing the same type of project each week. I'll probably take a break from finishing the photobooks for next month and then pick them back up later. I've also considered adding planning and preparing date nights for David and I to my project list each month. It's been too easy for us to get caught up in the busyness and exhaustion of life and neglect to put forth effort to remain connected. So, for next month:
  • organized toy storage/rotation- purchase additional tote for storage & create toy inventory list for rotation
  • date night- to be determined
  • felt food- strawberries (I've been itching to do some felt food!)
  • date night- to be determined
3) 52 Week Bible Reading in Chronological Order- I've completed about three out of the five weeks of reading according to the per day plan. I got behind because some days are rather difficult for sitting down and reading five or more chapters. I've tried to at least read 1-3 chapters a day. Fortunately, the Bible never says to read a specific amount each day. It simply encourages believers to be in the Word. I've done that more than I've ever done before. It's been really encouraging to remain spiritually connected each day. I'll continue reading in the same fashion for next month. I might catch up, but I might not. It's perfectly fine! I'm still doing it! :)

4) Proactive vs. Reactive in my Days- I created a new schedule for us to accommodate his 12 month development. Our days have been going much better! Being proactive by scheduling the day may not be for everyone, but it definitely works for us! I do still need to work on executing the cleaning routine better. We'll simply continue to work towards following the daily schedule and cleaning routine next month.

     So, some areas were successful and some will need some revisions. I did get a lot more accomplished than I would have had I not set these resolutions. The most important aspect is that I'm still highly motivated to see these goals accomplished!
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