So it’s that time of the year again, when I get off my ass and wipe the dust off my blog and write a year-end round-up post. Well, this year I at least have a valid reason for being busy – my Gundu.
This year 2017 is always, always going to be special. Our bundle of joy entered our lives and filled it with happiness. 🙂
I spent the first half of the year moving around like a penguin and scratching myself like crazy because of the PUPPS rashes that I had. I could hardly sleep due to the itching. I stayed up watching movies till almost 3 in the morning, unable to sleep due to the itching. It is a unforgetable time. My mom and husband were going mad. The time I wouldn’t be scratching myself, I would ask them to. I am so glad to have gotten past that stage successfully.
The first 3 months post delivery were really difficult, with no sleep. Gundu hardly slept at night. I don’t want to even recollect the breastfeeding struggles I went through. The worst part of this phase was Gundu’s MRI episode. I have been meaning to blog about this in detail, for the benefit of anyone who might experience such a thing. I will do that soon.
I can say that I enjoyed motherhood, only in the last part of the year. Seeing all the developmental changes in my son and savouring all the lovely moments. I cherish each one of them. His smiling, his cooing, his efforts to turn, when he successfully turned, his laughing, his growing independence, every little thing gave a lot of pleasure. All this and more makes me feel that it is really worth all the pain and trouble I went through. I want to hold on to these fleeting moments for some more time. Hold them close, before they escape and my tiny baby turns into a toddler and runs away from me.
In the midst of being a mother, I wanted to find time for myself too. To keep me sane and to remind me of the fact, that there is more to me. I knit for myself, for my friends’ babies and some more. My hobbies keep me sane. It was a long cherished desire to buy a sewing machine for myself. My Dad always told me to learn sewing. I didn’t care much about it back then. Though my interest grew later, I wasn’t sure of investing so much money as I was unsure of how much I would pursue it. I finally took the plunge this year-end and bought a machine for myself. I intend to pursue it actively in the year to come.
The coming year will be more challenging, with having to get back to work. I wonder how I will fare at juggling all the balls in my life. Looking forward to it. I always have a list of resolutions for the new year. The ones I have as of now are –
- Do not invest in more than one hobby in a year. While my mind day dreams of knitting, sewing, painting, gardening, baking, taking awesome photographs, working full-time and being a wonderful mom, the reality is that it is NOT possible. The over enthusiastic me, ends up buying and investing in stuff for a variety of hobbies. This year I don’t want to do that. Since I have chosen sewing, I want to learn that well. Spend time not money.
- Read. I have totally lacked in it this year. I have hardly read a couple of books. So in the coming year, I intend to read more.
- Blog. I know, this has been on my list almost every year. I miss those days when I used to blog regularly and there were a bunch of friends I had here, who would comment, supporting and encouraging whenever needed. I miss the time when I would be thinking of something and come and read that someone I follow has written something on the same lines. It would make me feel better, that I am not alone. I intend to blog better in the coming year.
- Healthier lifestyle. Thanks to pregnancy, I hogged a lot of chocolates. So much sugar! I have lost all my pregnancy weight and much more. But that’s not my aim. There are times when I crave for chocolates and I end up eating so many. So this time I have decided not to buy chocolates for the entire year. Not just that, cutting down on coffee has been on my list every year and I fail miserably. I wanna give it a try again. Better mindful eating is one of my resolutions for this year.
I am sure more will get added to the list in the coming weeks. I aim to be a good example for my son, as I know that kids learn more by observation. Looking forward to fulfilling year ahead.
Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy, Joyous and Prosperous New Year 2018!