Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 New Year's Resolutions

Each year I make the same number of resolutions as the last number of the year. So this year, there are four:

1. Transition Baby M to a fully homemade diet. In the tubie world, this is called a "blenderized diet" and it is just what it sounds like - you take real food, put it in the blender, and then put it through the tube. Baby formula is an amazing product, but Baby M is over one year corrected age now, and normal one-year-olds would be learning how to digest and eat other foods, not subsisting solely on formula or breast milk. This type of diet is a lot more work than opening a can, and there will be expenses associated with it that will not be covered by insurance. I'm ready to take on the challenge.

2. Be here now. I have been doing a lot of reading and thinking about being in the moment, and I need to bring this into my life. Whether it's on the yoga mat or on the play mat, I want to be focused on what's in front of me and not what I'm going to do when I'm done with what I'm doing. This is really hard for me.

3. Contribute to retirement savings again. Since Baby M's birth, our retirement saving has been pretty slap-dash. I haven't contributed to a 401(k) since I went on maternity leave 15 months ago. We did not contribute to Roth IRAs in 2012 in order to pay off our student loans. We don't really have a lot of money to spare, and we need to build the emergency fund back up, but Peanut and I agreed to try really hard to put some money in for 2013 before we do our taxes. These are use-it-or-lose-it contributions and we can always pull out contributed funds with no penalty - so it can be a back-up emergency fund (in addition to a more liquid stash).

4. Give back. I am starting to come out of the fog that enveloped me at Baby M's birth. I am ready to start helping others in the way I was helped. I have asked our feeding clinic, pediatrician, and early intervention team to give my contact information to other parents who are struggling with pediatric feeding issues - I can't provide advice to those parents but I can lend an ear and share our story and let them know they are not alone. Eventually I would like to start a formal local support group for parents of children with feeding disorders, and this is a step in that direction. I have signed up to serve a meal at Ronald McDonald House, and I hope to make this a twice-annual event. I am also exploring joining the parent advisory board at the hospital where Baby M spent so many months. I don't want to overcommit myself, but I do feel strongly about being involved.

Let's begin as we intend to continue!

Do you have any resolutions this year?

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