New Years Resolutions – Toddler style

In early 2013, I shared my New Years Resolutions with Ottawa Mommy Club readers. Now that 2013 is in full swing, I thought I’d do a spot check on myself to see how closely I’m following these resolutions.

1.       Learn to share

Being more generous with people can work wonders for our happiness and well-being. Share your experiences, your recipes, your love for life.

Update: In addition to being a blog contributer to the Ottawa Mommy Club, I’ve recently joined the blogroll for “How Do You Do It? Moms of Multiples Tell It Like It Is” with the intent of sharing my experiences and adventures with a wider audience and getting some validation and feedback in return.

2.       Learn to say “no”

Say no to people or activities that drain your energy. Try not to take on too many commitments that take time away from YOU.

Update: Contrary to my update for Resolution #1, I’ve taken on more commitments. However, I cut back on other volunteer commitments which required time away from home. It’s hard, but I had to say ‘no’ to renewing my Board position with the Multiple Birth Families Association because I can’t meet the requirement for monthly Board meetings. With so much time spent away from home already due to work and commuting, something needed to be scaled back. I will still teach their prenatal class “Multiple Expectations” twice a year and help out in the background. At least with blogging, it’s something I can do from home (or from anywhere with my first ever iPad Mini!), even if Little Mister & Little Missy are banging at the keyboard while I type. We shall see how long I can keep it up!

On the plus side, I am learning to say ‘no, but’ at work. Like “I don’t have the cycles for a new project, but if you delegate this other task to somebody else, that will free up some time…”

3.       Take a nap every day

Spend some time each day to rest, decompress, or get lost in your thoughts. Whatever you do to relax.

Update: Nani (my mom) lives 5 minutes away from my work. One day I went over there for lunch and ended up take 20 minute nap on her couch. Definitely something I should repeat sometime!

A couple times a week, I find myself crawling into bed as soon as we put the kids to sleep to give my eyes a rest. It seems their bedtime routine is making me drowsy! Other than that, I’m still working on it.

4.       Eat less and be more active

When we’re stressed, our health and eating habits suffer as a result. Eat at regular intervals each day, usually every 3 hours and before you feel hungry. Then get moving like a toddler!

Update: This is tricky. At work, I tend to eat a meal every 3 hours because thinking at a computer all day can get boring! And by meals I mean lunch at 11am, then a snack at 2pm, then a second lunch at 4pm. All these meals are eaten at my desk while my eyes are peeled to my computer screen so it’s as bad as being a couch potato and eating in front of the TV all day! To fix this, I will need eat a better breakfast instead of gobbling down a quick, light breakfast before rushing out.

I am still not moving like a toddler, but I am chasing my toddlers into the bathtub or to bed on a nightly basis.

5.       Drink more milk.

Milk is considered both a food and a drink. It’s nourishing, filling and hydrating, not to mention good for us. There’s a reason why Paediatricians recommend that toddlers have at least 15 oz of milk a day even if they are good eaters. We all need more of it. As a bonus for adults, it fills us up so we eat smaller portions!

Update: What I used to do at a previous job was bring a small carton of milk to work and keep it in the fridge. Then with each meal, I would pour myself a glass of milk to fill me up. This resolution will be met after the next grocery run!

And there you have it… making some progress. Enough to make my Little M+Ms proud!


About the author

Ambereen is mom to two cute twins Mister and Missy, now with a third baby on the way! She’s Canadian eh, and lives in Canada’s capital with her husband, Mr. Mama. Between travelling and a busy social life, she works full-time in the public sector in IT policy. She enjoys writing short stories interjected with subtle humour about life adventures, sharing recipes, and coming up with fun yet simple activities to do with the kids. After a short hiatus where life got in the way of writing, she is back blogging at 2Cute – Adventures in Twin Parenting. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences here about life with twins + 1. And yes, it’s only one this time!

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