Last year I had my diary and a couple of calenders out on the table on New Year’s Eve and I filled in all my important dates, and all the birthdays I needed to remember. Things like that. This year I do have a calendar but it’s still in the wrapping with the magazine it came free with! This year feels much more like a continuation rather than a new start – does that make sense? I think it’s because I put all my baby thoughts and planning on hold until after Christmas, because we were so busy with the lounge, and now it is January it’s really not very long until our baby will be here.
Last year I started doing Project Life and I LOVE the two albums of photos I’ve made from it. I chose to do it purely as a photo album (scrapbooking and papercrafts aren’t my thing really) and it felt so good to actually DO something with all my photos. When I became pregnant, something had to give and Project Life was that thing and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. It’s ok, my method now is just to do everything as a 6×4 photo and bung it all in the album and call it done. I’ve got 6 weeks of photos left to sort and order and then that will be done enough for my liking. I’m going to do it again this year but in an even lazier way (as soon as I figure out what that way is.) Getting this 2014 album finished is my main crafty focus at the moment. A couple of friends are doing “one thing every day” and at the moment sorting photos is my “one thing”.
This year, I’ve been watching what other people are aiming to do, or committing to do, with their year. What do I want out of 2015? Well, I’d really just like to cope! It’s only 9 weeks until baby is due, and that’s going to be a BIG change for all of us and I’d quite like to just cope well and not end up in the dark place in my head that I did after TTB was born.
I would tentatively like to continue using my dSLR more and getting more confident with manual settings. I used it today for the first time in a while (89 photos of TTB, three of the church clock …) and it’s very satisfying to do so. Someday I’d like another lens for it. I’ll be 30 in 2016, perhaps I could justify one then?
Coping, using my dSLR more and continuing to do Project Life in any way that I can … that seems to be quite enough to commit to really. Lastly I would like to continue my battle against clutter in our house. I’ve made huge progress lately, spurred on by my very nesty feelings right now. I emptied and bleached two kitchen cupboards at the weekend, and washed up and sorted everything in them. I like to go and look at them occasionally since they are the only part of my house that has “a place for everything and everything in it’s place”! I’ve also taken about ten carrier bags of things to the charity shops and I’ve really enjoyed purging all of the things we don’t need.
We’ve unpacked the 20 or so boxes that were still packed from when we left Leeds in 2009. I’m determined not to be a hoarder and its felt very liberating to say “nope, don’t need or want that” about lots of things. I mean, if it’s been packed for 5 years do I really need it? No. Farewell, university work!
I’m determined to work hard now and make the house nice and sorted for when the baby arrives. I’d like to do it now so that I can concentrate on enjoying my last weeks of it being just TTB, and get him used to having the cot up in his bedroom for the baby, and things like that. We moved some furniture around at the weekend, and I’ve ordered a few new babygros and a changing mat. I’ve bought some mini shampoo for my hospital bag. I will be ready and organised this time! I need a new cot mattress, another baby monitor, and I’d like a new sling (I’ve heard good things about the Connecta but all the pretty fabric ones are out of stock) and I’d love a fold up pushchair to increase my child transport options (I’m trying to save up for/justify the cost of this one). But other than that … I think I’m doing ok. It’s mind boggling how quickly this pregnancy is going. To begin with I was unsure how I could ever love another child as much as I love TTB but with every wriggle and jiggle and kick this little one makes I just know that I will. It’s going to be hard work … but so worth it. I’m actually getting quite excited to meet him/her now! It won’t be long.
The other day I started to feel a bit sad that I’ve not made any blankets for this baby yet. Then I opened a drawer and found 6 baby blankets, and I looked around TTB’s room at all of the blankets in there. Plenty of blankets. Loads. I’ll make one when there is time but until then … yes, I think we’ll be ok for blankets!