a {very} new year

While it’s a new year for everyone, this year is a new year for us in a different way.
We rang in the new year as parents, with a baby sleeping down the hall.
How weird is that?
I was drinking Monster, just so I could stay awake until midnight.
Oh how times have changed.

Today is the fifth day of the year and I feel am already overwhelmed.
I’m now a working mom with a stylish new, must-have accessory.
My breast pump.
I returned to my position in the workforce this week,
and I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard.
Real hard. 

Heading into the new year I had a few “resolutions” on my mind,
I’ve never been big on resolutions, so they are nothing too concrete, just things I’d like to do this year.
However, after this week (of only working three days, I might add)
I am thinking how am I going to have time to do anything this year?!
Cue the overwhelmed feeling.

Now, I know that Rome wasn’t built in a day
and I know that we’re going to eventually get into a routine.
Greg so sweetly pointed out today that returning to work after 12 weeks
would be hard on anyone, even without a baby.
Which is a very valid point.
Which is why I’m still a tad optimistic about my goals, I should say,
[rather than resolutions. I just don’t like the word resolutions], for the year.

– 1 –

I want to get back to my pre-pregnancy body.
I think that’s a reasonable goal for any new mom.
While I’ve lost almost all of my baby weight, and yes, I’m thankful for that,
I just don’t feel like I used to. Maybe that’ something I need to accept,
but I really need to get into a work out routine.
I know it’s going to be hard because I just want to spend every free minute
snuggling on the couch with Kenley.
But, thankfully Greg is really good about just getting on the treadmill
and getting it done, so hopefully that’ll rub off on me!

– 2 –

I want to be more intentional with my blogging.
I never want to feel like I HAVE to do this. I WANT to do this.
I LIKE to do this. It’s a way for me to relax, vent, have some me time.
I also love that I am documenting Kenley’s life (or any future children we birth),
how fun is it going to be for her to look back and read about all the fun
and even not-so-fun stuff we did when she was growing up.
That’s why I do it. And that’s why I’m going to keep doing it.
It also doesn’t hurt that we can keep our family & friends
across the country updated too. (You’re welcome)

– 3-

I want to keep updating, upgrading, and decorating our house!
We’ve done a lot of fun stuff to it this year,
both big and small.
I want to keep transforming it into a home.
Our home. Kenley’s first home. 
And I want to actually DO some of the things I’ve pinned on Pinterest.
What a concept!

– 4 –

I want for our family to become more regular attenders of church.
We go when we can, but sometimes make excuses not to,
which I think is normal. Maybe?
But that is something I want to work on.
I am also thinking very seriously about becoming more involved.
We love our church, but I don’t really feel like we’ve found our place there. Our purpose.
I don’t know, just something I’ve been thinking about,
hopefully by the end of 2012 I’ll have it figured out.

– 5 –

Finally. I want to learn to let things go.
Not be so stressed.
Life is short.
I am going to have a messy house.
I need to deal with it. And I’m already starting to get a little better.
I know my to-do list is going to be endless.
There is always going to be a dirty bottle, pump part, diaper or clothing article, to wash.
I need to get over it.
I’m never going to have it all together.
I need to learn that no new mom really has it all together. Right?
Again, we’ll get our routine eventually and we’ll take it day by day!

I hope to reference this post as we progress through the year to see how we’re doing.


I’ll leave you with this.

Aside from the chaos of trying to get out of the house at a decent time this week,
yesterday, I clipped the recycling bin with the front of the car
so all of our empty glass and plastic containers
were all…over…the…street.
And today, I definitely pulled out of the garage with my coffee
Even more awesome. 

11 thoughts on “a {very} new year

  1. thanks for sharing your resolutions, um goals (i like goals better too). i have been debating whether i should do a post about new year’s goals for the year. it seems so cliche. but i feel like if you write things down, it makes you more accountable. especially on a blog. so maybe i will take your cue and also ask aaron what his goals are and then do a late-new year’s post.

    also, i am loving the blog’s new look. i only the whole blog if i comment (which i need to do more) because i feed all my blogs thru feed demon (like google reader).

    best of luck with getting into the swing of things. everything will work 🙂

    • It DOES seem cliche, which is why this sat in my drafts all week, but I just bit the bullet and did it. I felt like if I didn’t get it out there, then I wouldn’t hold myself (or us) accountable! You should definitely do it! 🙂

  2. Awwwwwww. I love reading your blogs and yes, thanks for doing this for your family. We love you and want to keep in touch with you and see how Kenley is growing and changing and learning new things each day. Things Will get easier and you will get into the routine of things again. I’m not going to tell you that it’s easy but somehow it just becomes a part of life and we just do it! Just enjoy your beautiful daughter as much as possible while she is little. Time goes way too fast! Wish we could’ve spent more time with you over Christmas but I know how hectic it is trying to see everyone and everyone wanting to see Kenley. If you get a chance, I would love for you to come down here to Ft. Myers while we are here! I will be here for 3 months!

    • Thanks Diane! We are definitely soaking up every moment with her. I didn’t realize you were in Florida for that long! If we’re down in that area, I’ll definitely let you know. Spring semester is usually really busy for both of us, but I’ll keep it in mind. Hope you guys are having fun!

  3. Hi Kendra — Love the new blog look. I really enjoy reading your posts and seeing what I will be encountering in just a few months! Best of luck with everything — it sounds like you are doing a great job. Kenley is ADORABLE (and Melissa tells me she’s even cuter in person) 😉

  4. Pingback: I’m just going to say it… « The Gilbertson Family

  5. Pingback: my first half marathon « The Gilbertson Family

  6. Pingback: hello 2013 « The Gilbertson Family

  7. Pingback: Making 2014 Count | The Gilbertson Family

  8. Pingback: Bring it on, 2015! | The Gilbertson Family

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s