Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 New Year's Resolutions Recap

2014 was such a quiet year for me compared to 2013 and 2012. I would say that it's one of my very favorite years to date - I hope that 2015 is as lovely!

1. Transition Pickle to a fully homemade diet. Success! Medical protocol for tube-fed people is generally commercial formula, and we weren't having a lot of luck with that. A homemade blended diet is becoming more popular, and we successfully transitioned to that in January of 2014. The difference it made was immense - Pickle's multiple-times-a-day vomiting stopped entirely, her weight gain picked up, her color looks great, her hair started growing in, and her bloodwork improved. It's a little more work, and a little more expensive, but totally worth it!

2. Be here now. Success! One weird thing about pregnancy is that as much as it is about looking forward to the birth of the child, it really does keep you in the moment as well. Whether you're thinking about what is happening with the fetus or with your changing body, pregnancy is kind of a day-by-day experience. In addition, expecting a second child made me appreciate the small moments with Pickle more than ever - I knew that my time to rock her all the way to sleep for naps would be limited, and I took advantage of every moment to snuggle her. 

3. Contribute to retirement savings again. A planned success. We maxed out two Roth IRAs for 2013, despite being on one income, and we are set to do so again for 2014. We have until the tax filing deadline of April 15 to do it, but we're on track. 

4. Give back. Success! I joined a family volunteer organization at the hospital where Pickle spent the first four and a half months of her life, and I organized a meal at the Ronald McDonald House where we ate daily for that time. My involvement in both is rather limited with the new baby, but I plan to stay involved. 

How did you do with your 2014 resolutions?

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