February was an odd month. It felt like I was treading water in the ocean. Combining Zach’s busy season hours with the demands of two babies meant a lot of work and not a lot of play in our house. Each night we plopped on the couch or in bed, utterly drained. There where swells, where I felt like I could see the horizon, the light at the end of the tunnel. And there were dips, when it felt like winter and postpartum depression might swallow me whole.
I don’t think I’ve written about this, but hormones combined with a record-setting winter forced me into a slump. I haven’t been myself and this month, it felt like the tide was finally turning. The low days were pushed up against a few “normal” days. We overcame the challenge of starting cry-it-out, and I’m so grateful that Tommy started sleeping longer this month. I’m sure more sleep is helping snap me out of it.
Mostly I want to remember walking with Tommy and Evie on the one beautifully warm day, when everything was light and happiness.
Plan a few traditions to celebrate Evelyn’s birthday in March. Zach and I planned Evie’s second birthday on a recent date night. We’re keeping it small with a visit to our favorite restaurant and cupcake shop. I’m still hunting for a special birthday plate, so if you have suggestions, please share! See last year’s party here and here. Update my underwear drawer (blushing). Done. And it feels SO good. Read about it here. Settle in to this blog, so I can just write.Everything about online work feels intimidating until I just start. I’m grateful for a week spent at my parents’ house so I could pound out all the kinks. Read 2 books from my list. Check. Dinner: A Love Story and Me Before You. And I just started Dad is Fat. Try 4 new recipes. One new recipe a week has been a total game-changer. I try to plan at least 5 solid meals from home, plus one night of leftovers, and one night out. I get sick of eating the same recipes, but I also don’t have a ton of time to experiment in the kitchen. Switching it up once a week was just enough to get me excited about cooking without making me overwhelmed. All four new recipes came from Dinner: A Love Story.
- Speak life to Zach. It’s tax season crunch time, and I want him to know I have his back. More love notes, more encouragement, less complaining and blaming. This is my #1, must happen, goal.
- Listen to a sermon podcast and start marking up my Bible with notes.
- Lent: Shopping freeze (no browsing or spending)
- Complete the spring issue of Influence Magazine.
- Goals becoming Habits – read 2 books this month, try a new recipe each week, and read my Bible daily.
Linking up with Hayley.