Ah, March. Welcome!
This year is divided into chunks for me: Jan. and Feb. were all about finishing up the charter application. March-June are more about stasis (still working on the school, still doing my other part-time job, enjoying our family of three before it expands), July-September are about the new baby and adjusting to our new life, Oct.-Dec. will hopefully be about getting back into work as the superintendent/principal of a new charter school (fingers crossed), while parenting a young child.
Our house is moving along slowly. They've still only built the foundation. I'm not letting myself get stressed about it in any way.
I finally decided to make a list of everything that needs to get done before the new baby arrives:
- Make and freeze meals (P.S. I picked up the book at the library, and it's awesome!)
- Organize our recipe binder
- Finalize Henry's baby binder
- Make a binder for the new baby
- Update our scrapbook for the year
- Organize our garage
- Organize Henry's clothes for the new baby
- Find summer daycare for Henry
- Plan our baby shower party
- Organize our closet
- Organize our bathroom
- Purge our bookshelves (again)
- Prepare for the birth (the midwife gives us a checklist of things to purchase and set-up)
- Make frozen comfrey tea compresses to promote vaginal healing after the birth
- Write thank you cards
- Make a baby blanket
- Continue to write the baby letters
So here are my goals for this month:
- Fully immerse myself in this round of Purposeful Conception.
- Work on the publicity I need to do for 2000 Dollar Wedding.
- Organize our recipe binder.
- Finalize Henry's baby binder.
- Make a binder for the new baby.
- Organize Henry's clothes.
- Find summer daycare.
- Enjoy our vacation.
- Drink Enough Water: Yes!
- Read Before Bed: Yes!
- Practice Gratitude Every Night: Yes!
- Let Matt parent his way as much as possible. I definitely have strong opinions about how to talk to Henry, how to parent, etc. Although I still want to talk through these ideas with Matt, I don't want to offer suggestions or comments in the moment when he's parenting (to the greatest extent possible). I want to step back and give him space to parent his way.
Photo Courtesy of the Nikki McClure Calendar