I became a mom in the last year. Not by way of giving birth, but rather by adoption. However, I still consider myself a new mom. Therefore, I have put together a list of New Year’s resolutions ideas that are not only suitable for new moms but also realistic. None of them are about diet or fitness — we all know we should eat right and exercise.
Take a nap when your baby naps
Parenting little ones isn’t easy. Do yourself a favor and take a nap when your baby naps. Sure, it’s a great time to catch up on laundry or mop the kitchen floor, but napping is good for you. And if you can’t nap, at least lay back in bed and read a good book.
Start a journal
Not a blog but a good old fashioned pen and paper journal. You can use it to chronicle your baby or toddler’s milestones, but also to relieve tension, vent and get out any frustrations.
Don’t try to be Super Mom
You can’t do everything for everyone all the time. Don’t be afraid to delegate, ask for help, and say “no” sometimes. You don’t need to overschedule yourself or have playdates for your baby every day of the week. Sometimes, you need to get veg out at home with your baby and do nothing at all.
Start a college fund
We all say we are going to do it, but most of us don’t. Go tomorrow to the bank and start a college fund for your baby. Even if you can only put a little away each month, it will build up over time.
Choose a guardian or Godparents
It’s a horrible thought but unplanned tragedies do happen. Take time to evaluate the people in your life and find a guardian or Godparents for your child. Also, if you don’t have life insurance already, get it now.
Get a new haircut
There’s something special about a new haircut that makes you feel beautiful again. If you have the baby blahs and don’t have time to fix your hair, put on makeup or even wash the spit-up off your shirt, make time for a new haircut or color to get yourself out of a beauty rut. Get a low-maintenance style so that you can just wash and go, and still look fab.
Take pictures of your baby every week
Time flies. Try to capture as many moments as you can by taking at least a few pictures of your baby every week. You can store your photos using Picasa.com, Shutterfly.com, Snapfish.com or even Flickr.com. If you are feeling crafty, make a old school scrapbook…if you aren’t, make an online digital scrapbook instead.