It’s that time of year again. That time of year when we reflect back on the past year and vow to make the next year better. New Year’s Resolutions. Ugh. Just thinking about it gives me a headache.
2015 was full of smiles, hilarious stories, and magical moments and we managed to survive with only a few bumps and bruises.
Lucas, you are growing up faster than I can handle, so in an effort to keep you on track, maybe it’s time for some self-improvement techniques to be introduced. If you can use an iPad, then you can surely figure out what makes you the occasional total nutbag possessed threenager and conjure up a few ways to correct it, right?
So… in the spirit of starting the year on a positive note, and if I could actually get you to sit down and reflect, I’d hope that your New Year’s Resolutions list would look a little something like this:
- Sleep more.
- Try to quiet the internal timer that gets me up at 5:00AM.
- Keep my toys organized. I know Mommy worked very hard at reorganizing my closet and making it easy for me to put my toys away, so I’ll do better at picking up my mess in the living room without making a fuss.
- Work on being a better team player. Remember there is no “I” in team and I don’t always have to be first.
- Work on my productivity. First goal of 2016: Decrease the time it takes to go to bed. I will work on the number of times I get out of bed and pretend to pee.
- I’m going to conquer some fears – of the dark, of noises at night, of peeing by myself, walking in a part of the house by myself.
- Clean up my diet. I’m still not sure why I can’t run 100% on mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, but I’m willing to see if eating unprocessed food is as awesome as you make it out to be.
- Develop some patience. When Mommy says she’ll be right there, remember that she cannot teleport herself, she has to walk to get to me.
- Rethink my reaction to the word no. Realize that sometimes Mommy and Daddy do know what is best for me.
- Develop a new skill. It’s called aiming – pee in the toilet not on the rim.
Although I’ve never been big on making resolutions, it only seems fair that I propose the following for myself:
- Lucas, I will work on being more patient. Identify and get rid of the triggers that stress me and in turn make me impatient with you.
- Lucas, I will be a better example for you. I will remember that your little brain soaks up everything, the good and the bad.
- Lucas, I will say yes more often. Have more fun. I want to be a fun mom, I really do, but often I get stressed out by the daily stuff. I say, “Later” and “No” much more than I would like. I want to make an effort to say, “Yes, we can ride your monster truck.” “Yes, we can go to the park.” “Yes, we can go for a bike ride.” “Yes, I will take you to the bounce house.”
- Lucas, I promise to be myself this year, to seek acceptance, not perfection.
- And on a more personal note, I want to run more and write more. Besides being your mommy, those two things really make me happy.
Happy New Year’s Lucas! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2016!