Woo Hoo! It’s Friday! Oh, wait…. I’m a mom. I don’t get to celebrate Fridays anymore. Just kidding.
Just because I don’t enjoy the same freedom from the workforce like some others, doesn’t mean that Fridays are viewed as another day in the grind. I get a lot of help when the weekends hit. For one thing, my husband comes home today!!! Yay! So that holds excitement for me. Also, my parents will be around all weekend to visit with us, so that makes for a little more liveliness around the household. Rossi and I will have lots of fun doing all the same things we do during the week, just with all the family that we love and adore.
Anywho…… Friday is here. So aside from the wonderful events that line my calendar, it’s time for a FridayFive with the lovely ladies of the DC Trifecta. Please go visit Mar, Courtney and Cynthia and tell them I sent ya.
This week we are discussing Goals. I wanted to focus on the second half of the year goals, since I have some incredible events coming up and I need to get my priorities in order. My husband even mentioned yesterday that I should put together a list, so here we go…
1. Construct a Budget
With our closing date and my due date right around the corner, we are about to embark on a brand new season of financial responsibilities. These times are known for being extremely difficult on bank accounts. The addition of another child + a new house = lots of $$$$$$ Bottom line is that we have to control our spending. Making smart financial decisions is what it’s all about, and in order to provide for our growing family, we have to set aside money every month. So this means we need to draft a strict budget and stick to it!
2. Pick a Name for the Baby
Okay, this isn’t a huge “second-half-of-the-year” goal, especially since baby #2 is due in less than 8 weeks, but it’s a big priority. Starting tomorrow, I’m really going to dedicate some time each day to searching baby boy names and finalizing our decision. I have my favorites, but I’m still not 100% in love with any one of them. This is going to be tough.
3. Go Out On More Dates
In addition to the strain babies put on the finances, they also have the potential to take away from romantic relationships between the parents. With my firstborn, I made her the priority and everything else, including myself, took second string. With this child, I want to find a good balance. Making time for my husband will be a priority every week, even if it’s just cooking together at the house or ordering takeout and a movie. Part of the reason we decided to move to the other side of town is so that we could be closer to our family and friends. I’d like to be able to utilize some of them to open up a window for regular “date nights” a few times a month. That being said, I’m not expecting that immediately after the LO is born, but sometime shortly after would be nice.
4. Form a Running Group
In the part of town where we are moving, there aren’t any established running groups, none that I’ve been able to find anyway. It’s a newly developed area, so I could be wrong. Every time I’ve driven by the house, I’ve seen runners in the area, but never in a group.
I know a handful of other runners in the area, so my plan is to connect with them, make a name for ourselves, establish a regular schedule, promote it, and eventually I might look into taking the RRCA certification.
I’m really looking forward to getting back into my regular running routine post baby, but I’m not trying to jump right into something immediately. My first race post-baby is scheduled for December, so I’ll have a little time – 2 months – to get back into the swing of things, as long as my doctor clears me within a normal time frame. Finding or creating a running group will keep me focused and driven on my goals for the upcoming year.
5. Potty Training & Toddler Bed Transition
Oh, the joys of transitioning toddlers.
Over the past couple days we have attempted to let Rosalyn go without a diaper during the day. She’s done very well, with the exception of two small accidents, and I’m really pleased with her progress, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do with her on the potty forefront. We have to start limiting her fluids closer to naps and bed time in order to completely transition her all the way to big girl panties.
Next will be the transition into a toddler bed. She’s thrived in her crib thus far, so we’ve kept her there as long as we could. She’s never even tried to crawl out, even though she’s 3 feet tall and could do so easily. I’ll be completely honest. This is one area where I have concerns. Since we are about to make a new move, into a new house, and bring home a new baby, there will be a lot for our little toddler to adjust to at the same time. I’m scared that this will overwhelm her and halt any progress or changes. I hope that I’m wrong. This is where the prayer comes into play. There’s not much more we can do. We just have to work at it and pray she adjusts quickly enough. As with anything toddler or child related, consistency is key.
Even though we are at the mid point in the year, I feel like I still have my plate full of goals and aspirations. I’ve got my head up and I’m looking forward with a smile. Life is about to get really interesting at our house. There’s so much about to unfold before us, I just hope we are prepared.
What advice do you have for me regarding these goals?
Do you have experience with toddlers and potty training or bed transitioning?
Any tips for preparing a toddler for a new baby?