So, we’ve made it to the end of the year… how exactly I am not really sure, but here we are… and I’m calling it… I tried no. 27 and it just didn’t working for me… not at all, and despite my best plans, it is highly likely that I am not going to catch up on my weekly blogs… so I am not going to try anymore. This list item seemed like a really good idea and the blogger that I pinched the idea from made it look pretty easy, but it turns out, right now, it’s actually really hard to achieve. So in lieu of the missing weekly blogs I thought I would do an end of year list wrap up… because let’s face it, that what we all really want to know before the new list drops anyway.
So what have we crossed off this year… well lots… and like most of the updates before this, if it was lucky enough to make it into a blog of its own… well you can click the link… and if it wasn’t haven’t you can read it here… ok here we go, this could be a long one.
Learn how to fold a fitted sheet– completed: 14/06/2018 Learn how to make 3 different balloon animals– completed: 09/12/2018
For my birthday this year my wonderful friend Pheebs included a balloon making kit in my birthday gift and while it took me almost all year to get around to I finally made some balloon animals. I made an Octopus, a Giraffe, a Dog and a Fish… and to be honest they weren’t very good. It turns out my fear of popping the balloon completely out weighed my desire to learn more.
Watch the never ending story– completed: 20/07/2018
This is pretty self explanatory… I watched it, I enjoyed most of it… it’s off the list
Watch some ER… maybe a season or two– completed: 07/08/2018
This is also pretty self explanatory, but I have to admit I found it a lot more confronting than I remembered. Maybe its my new ‘mum hormones’ or maybe its our journey over the last couple of years, but sick people and medical emergencies are just a little to real for me and I get very involved very quickly… I have realised that I need to be a little more choosy with my television viewing.
Spend a weekend in country vic– completed: 27/10/2018
It’s probably not quite what I was imaging when I popped this on the list… I was certainly hoping for something like the wonderful weekend we had in Daylesford last year… but this year we have really only stayed in Inverloch and because we stay there fairly regularly it doesn’t really count. We did however spend a full Saturday in Bendigo with the Big Band, we even got to go for a little drive out to Lake Eppalock between gigs and I got that same sense of returning home… there is just something magic about central Victoria. I did a terrible job of taking photos that day… so the picutre is of Isaac during our night gig.
Have some family photos taken– completed: 18/01/2018 Go to a wedding– completed: 13/01/2018 Get a full nights sleep– completed: 31/05/2018 Go down to Inverloch– completed: 10/03/2018
- Go camping
Remember to take Isaac’s milestone pictures– completed: 31/12/2018
Some of these were a little delayed, but we have all photos to accompany all of the milestones we had a card for… and unsurprisingly, they are super cute!
Get back to running– completed: 29/06/2018
So this has happened a couple of times… but on the 29th I started running to train for the 10km I did in the Melbourne Marathon Festival in October… since then I have slacked off again… but I have big plans for next year so watch this space.
Take Isaac to parkrun at least 5times– completed: 22/12/2018
We have not been to parkrun anywhere near as much as we should have been this year, but Isaac came to at least 5 of the runs I attended. We really thought he would love running with us, but it turns out he finds it a little boring… but he does enjoy the trips to the park after.
Go swimming– completed: 26/01/2018 Go to the zoo– completed: 14/07/2018
I have had this on my list for years… It is something that despite being on the list I have actively avoided doing. In previous years I have done fun runs around the zoo a couple of times, I have also stopped to have pictures taken just out the front of the zoo… but this year I actually went in! We had a cousin fun day at the zoo and saw all the animals. Turns out going to the zoo is better than I remembered and much much more fun with a child… I have a feeling this won’t be our last trip to the zoo.
Have a play date– completed: 16/10/2018
We’ve been getting better at play dates… but the one that crossed it of the list was a play date with Isaac’s friend Jaylen, I was so nice to watch them play together… It was also nice to catch up with Jaylen’s mum Julia and eat delicious treats, I think I am going to be a fan of play dates.
Check out a mums and bubs session– completed: 05/12/2018 Check out the local library– completed: 31/01/2018 Have a picnic– completed: 20/12/2018
I probably haven’t mentioned enough how great my mother’s group has been, I have loved making some new local friends and sharing my mum journey with them. Our little group finished the year off the year with a picnic in the park and it was fun. It’s been so nice watching the bubs grow and learn together and I am very excited to see all that they achieve next year.
Wear some non maternity jeans– completed: 13/07/2018
We had a weekend away in the city… and I thought it was time… so I wore them once… and then put them back in the cupboard and forgot about them. A little while later my favourite pair of maternity jeans ripped… so I decided it was time… I brought some new jeans that were more comfortable than my old pre-baby ones, ones that fit my new body shape a little better… just one of the many things I didn’t really think about before having babies… just how much my body would change… but you will be please… maybe… I am please that I can now honestly say I am more often than not wearing my new and very comfy non-maternity jeans.
Go without games on my phone for at least 2 months– completed: 28/02/2018
- Work on my mornings
Cook dinner regularly– completed: 21/08/2018
This has been a fun new addition to my life… and I have discovered the key to getting me to cook regularly is just planning… If I know what I have to do and when, I am all in… but I have also discovered the opposite is true… no plan.. no dinner, not by me anyway.
- Keep getting closer
Work on my steps game– completed: 31/12/2018
Look… it hasn’t been a great improve… but my daily average steps is more at the end of the year than it was at the start. I would love to say that I am averaging over 10000, but that would be a lie… my current average is just over 8000… so not terrible, but some room for improvement next year.
Embrace life with the oxygen– completed: 30/01/2018 Try weekly blogging– completed: 18/12/2018
So I talked about this at the beginning of this blog… it just didn’t work the way I thought it would… I’ll have to come up with a new plan for next year.
Keep the family in good supply of Isaac updates– completed: 31/12/2018
It turns out this is more challenging that I had imagined… it’s a fine line to walk between super annoying and just enough. I probably could have sent more, but I did send some updates fairly regularly… especially if we hit a milestone.
- Have a date night once a month
Give Dave some time back– completed: 31/12/2018
Well I asked him and he said ‘yeah, sure’ so I am taking that for a yep… and crossing it off the list.
Embrace my independence– completed: 31/12/2018
I haven’t always loved it, but I have been better at just trying things, going places and making the most of my time with Isaac… so technically not ‘independent’, but definitely ‘independent’ from Dave… so off it goes.
- Go without TV for a week
- Actually wash my car regularly
Get the blue Kia repaired– completed: 20/02/2018
- Take Dex and Isaac on a walk, solo
Walk to my MCH appointments– completed: 08/11/2018
Our Maternal Child Health Nurse operates out of a centre about 500m from our house, so it is actually easier to walk to our appointments then get into the car and drive around… despite that, driving is always tempting… but don’t fret… I walked to them all.
Thank the hospital– completed: 19/04/2018 Do a fun run/walk– completed: 04/03/2018 Play a game of some kind– completed: 07/01/2018 Let something go– completed: 31/10/2018
This was harder than I thought, I am a bit of a perfectionist, so letting things go isn’t a strong suit of mine. This year I have tried my hand a few new things, mostly making things. I have made some Christmas gifts and some things for Isaac. During this process I have had to learn how to sew and stitch things, I have made things that I haven’t tried before and they are not perfect, but they are functional, I have had to learn to let the imperfections go and be happy with the progress I have made and the end products they have resulted in… I am pretty proud of my new skills… and I will keep working on it… both making and letting things go.
Remember Joshua– completed: 18/10/2018
Remembering Josh is something that I find bitter sweet. It’s hard to remember sometimes because there is now more that should have been than ever before. It’s something that I want to do, but something that still carries pain. This year he would have been 2… and we took Isaac with us to have pink donuts and turkish delight milkshakes, we let some balloons go and stopped to be thankful for what he taught us and what we have together.
Celebrate the small things– completed: 22/05/2018 Live oxygen free– completed: 24/12/2018
Well we almost didn’t make it, but on Christmas eve we handed back all the Oxygen tanks and the concentrator. We haven’t had the machine on or used a tank since October, but we had to wait and see before we handed it back, but now it’s gone and hopefully it doesn’t come back.
Walk and have a mid week brunch date with Isaac at half half– completed: 12/12/2018
I thought this would be super easy… so I left it for later in the year, for the middle months when it was harder to do other things on my list…. but then half half shut for months… and months… but good news, it reopened and Isaac and I went. And in some listing miracle we ate our meals at the same time and no one cried. It was actually really wonderful and something I am going to try to keep doing with him… turns out he can be a good cafe date.
Join a mother’s group– completed: 30/01/2018
- Drink a bottle of water everyday
Keep track of the things I am supposed to be doing– completed: 31/12/2018
I am actually terrible at this, and could have done a much better job than I did, but I tried all year… man did I try… and I think it has been worth it despite the struggle.
- Plan at night
Take a photo everyday– completed 31/12/2018
You may have seen some of these across the year… (January, February, March, May, June, & October) and some of them didn’t make it…. but trust me they are all there in my phone… and they look good.
Visit a museum / gallery– completed: 20/11/2018
Just like the zoo, this is way more fun with kids. We took Isaac to the museum, starting at the children’s section which he loved, but after a play we also checked out the rest and he seemed to also like that, lots of fun things to look at and explore. I am really looking forward to taking him back her over and over again as he gets bigger. I hope he loves learning as much as I do.
- Sort out my photo storage
- Scan the photos in
Recycle the VHS tapes– completed: 25/09/2018
This year I have found myself morphing into a bit of environmentalist… which I am actually really enjoying. My own little war on waste is coming along nicely… with my new compost bin, our multiple bins for different types of recycling and our new found love of ‘Who Gives a Crap’ toilet paper. But to make it even better we also found a local place that was willing to recycle our VHS tapes. Unfortunately for them, they had to pull them all apart manually, but I don’t mind because as much of them as can be will be recycled.
Read 6 books – novels… not picture books– completed: 17/11/2018
I really wanted to be able to say I read way more than 6 books, but like my weekly blogs, it has been hard to find time to read… but I read 6 and I am reading number 7 at the moment… this will stay on my list and hopefully I will get better at finding time to read.
Cross at least one thing off the list each month– completed: 05/12/2018
Yep… at least one a month… this is a good thing to have on my list… I like the challenge and the spread.
Be deliberate about filling the house with good thinks like flowers and music– completed: 01/11/2018
I could have been better with this, but it’s a start, and it’s nice… I am also going to try and keep doing this.
- Edit and finalise Isaac’s logs and maybe publish them
Make a photo book of Isaac’s 1st year– completed: 30/09/2018
Again this was not quite what I had in mind when I popped this on the list, but I did make a book of Isaac’s 1st year, but I didn’t keep it, we gave it to Dave’s grandparents when we were in New Zealand.
Return of the fit pig– completed: 31/05/2018 Throw things out / recycle / donate– completed: 31/12/2018
I am all over this, recycling, reusing and donating… I hate throwing things out and I have become quite the anti waste warrior. This will continue long after this year’s list… the world needs it.
Clean out the garage– completed: 10/11/2018
Nothing makes me happier than when everything has a place and everything is in its place… and that’s how the garage is now… and it makes me happy… far happier than it should… there are even labels on all the boxes… it’s a magical thing.
- Finish the scrap books
Finish Isaac’s room– completed: 16/01/2018 Wear a real bra– completed: 07/04/2018 Figure out how to be a working mum– completed: 10/08/2018
As you can imagine this pretty much coincided with the end of my weekly blogs… just as I got us into a routine at home… I started working from home. I am back 2 days a week this year and hopefully a little more next year… It’s been a strange adjustment, using my brain a little more regularly on things other than parenting and having a little more interaction with other adults. I have really enjoyed going back, but I won’t lie.. 12 months without work was also really nice.
Go somewhere with out Isaac – embrace the baby sitter– completed: 28/09/2018
I’m still not totally comfortable doing this, but I know it needs to happen… and I have done it a few times… I am sure it will get easier as time goes on and he gets bigger… but it’s still hard right now.
Make a cake for Isaac’s first birthday– completed: 01/08/2018
Oh man, was I proud of this… a blue monster cake for Isaac’s monster party… you should really check out the picture on the right… it looks pretty great.
Go overseas– completed: 02/10/2018
This really should have had a blog all of its own. It was a wonderful wonderful trip where we got to hang out with family and Isaac was able to meet his great grandparents. We went exploring, fed some ducks, touched the black sand and Isaac learnt to crawl while we were there… it was really really great.
Make a Lolly cake– completed: 09/11/2018
Inspired from our trip to New Zealand we had some more lolly cake… it’s a strange cake… super sweet and fun to look at… and it was made, and I still have more ingredients so we might need to make another.
Keep the pantry and fridge under control– completed: 31/12/2018
Except for perhaps the last couple weeks over Christmas, we have been pretty good at this… Dave should take most of the credit, but I have been trying… just like the garage, everything needs a place and everything should be in it’s place.
Watch a Disney movie with Isaac– completed: 16/06/2018 Add Isaac’s pendant to my necklace– completed: 22/01/2018 Organise the casts we had done for Isaac– completed: 01/05/2018
You would have thought this would have been an easy task… but it turns out the Lady that did these ones was much less helpful and reliable than the lady that did Josh’s casts… but we finally got them done and they turned out really well, despite the challenge… they aren’t hanging up yet… but they are framed and ready to go.
- Use the go-pro more
- Make my language child friendly
Check out ArtVo– completed: 23/06/2018
- Finish the bible reading plan I started last year
Exercise weekly… hopefully more, but at least weekly– completed: 31/12/2018
Here’s the thing… it wasn’t every week… but on average it was weekly… there were some great weeks and some down weeks, but some weeks I smashed it… and there were less slack weeks than there were good weeks… so we are claiming this as a win.
- Make a key lime pie
Purée some food– completed: 20/02/2018
- Have a spend nothing day once a month
Make the most of our delivery saver– completed: 20/12/2018
Only just, but we did save a tiny bit of money… turns out the bigger Isaac gets the easier it is to get groceries with him.. he can go in the trolley now… I am sure that it will probably get hard again in time though. Either way, we used the delivery saver just enough to make it worth it.
Get a mani/pedi and get a colour you’ve never had before– completed: 28/11/2018
I love the idea of this… and all year I have been looking forward to it… but then I got stuck thinking about foot fungus and other people’s feet and couldn’t bring myself to go and get it done. So I gave myself a foot spa at home and painted my toes… and decided that I could cross this off the list.
Get a massage– completed: 21/12/2018
Seriously I know I say this every year… but I should do this more often… it is soooooo nice. Thanks pheebs for my voucher that made this happen.
Do a Mums and bubs exercise class– completed: 19/04/2018
Isaac and I attended a mums and bubs exercise class for most of the year and we loved it. We stopped at the beginning of term 4 because it just got too hard to make work… but it was great while it lasted.
Get some kind of routine– completed: 31/12/2018
It keeps changing, but we do have a routine of sorts… we’ve worked out meals and naps and bed time all pretty consistently… and I won’t lie… I love the structure.
Contribute– completed: 31/12/2018
I would have been pretty ashamed if I hadn’t been able to achieve this… especially given that I have spent a lot of this year at home. I think spending so much time at home has really helped me get on and do some house work because I have to live in the mess I create… and it turns out I am pretty intolerant of my own mess. This item on the list that is a win win for Davo.
Hang up the pump– completed: 08/04/2018 Update some photo wall photos– completed: 04/01/2018
- Get the pictures framed
Hang out with my besties– completed: 08/01/2018 See Coco– completed: 06/01/2018 Have a meal with all of our parents and siblings (separately)– completed: 31/12/2018
I was terrible at documenting these meals… but they happened… you’ll just have to trust me.
Have an ice coffee at 3 different places– completed: 03/02/2018 Touch the ocean– completed: 10/03/2018
- Have a fun fight
Fix my computer– completed: 02/01/2018 Wear something other than a black T-shirt for a whole week– completed: 20/01/2018 Keep our bedroom tidy– completed: 31/12/2018
There was some contention over whether I achieved this or not… but I have actively kept the room tidier than I did the 12months before… but maybe not as tidy as I could have.
- Save some money
So that was my list… not a bad effort really… 79/100… Not quite my best year… but certainly not my worst. But how did Isaac go with his list I hear you ask… well lets take a look:
Try some food– completed: 16/02/2018 Ditch my oxygen– completed: 24/12/2018
Isaac was also the beneficiary of our Christmas miracle… although he really ditched his oxygen in october, we couldn’t make it official until the tanks and machines were gone.
Sit up by myself– completed: 22/06/2018 Suck on my toes– completed: 30/12/2018
And it was forced… turns out he just isn’t that interested in his toes… I thought all babies loved this, but I was wrong… maybe it was the time he spent in his brace… maybe he just doesn’t like his feet… who knows?
Go to the park– completed: 07/10/2018
We have been to a few parks this year, but the one that crossed this of the list was a special park in Whanganui, one that Dave went to as a little boy, an amazing park along the whanganui river… it is seriously epic and I think we will go back here as often as we can.
Pat Dex– completed: 23/11/2018
Dex and Isaac are still working each other out… sometimes they just want to be near each other… other times they need to be far far away. Dex likes to visit and lick Isaac… but Dex does not like to be touched by Isaac… they’ll work it out eventually.
Have a party– completed 04/08/2018
This should have had a blog of its own too… it was an epic party with balloons and donuts, friends and family… but when your first year was a rough as Isaac’s, it’s worth celebrating!
Visit my friends at Monash Children’s– completed: 10/04/2018 Go on a fun run/Walk in my pram– completed: 04/03/2018 Get around on my own– completed: 03/10/2018
There is nothing that makes a parent feel more relaxed about being on holidays than a baby deciding its time to crawl the second you get off the plane… no baby proofing… no safe spaces… random hotel carpets… yep… it’s wonderful. What makes it even more wonderful, is when the newly mobile baby also likes to lick the floor… we should just go ahead and insert a huge face palm right here.
Go for a swim– completed: 27/12/2018
We have been a bit slack with swimming lessons… we will get to it, but we haven’t yet, so instead we have had to wait until the weather warmed… after a few failed pool attempts, we finally won with a swim at the beach… he is not totally convinced… but we will get there.
Try story time at the library– completed: 31/01/2018 Make some baby friends– completed: 10/04/2018
I know I have talked about Isaac’s baby friends… well my mother’s group a lot in other blogs…. but not in this context… Isaac is lucky enough to have lots of friends… and this includes the little gang of 7 we hang out with each week at mothers group.
Go on an adventure with Dad– completed: 29/10/2018
Isaac and Dave have been on a few adventures because Dave likes to run errands when he is in charge… but the adventure that crossed this off the list was a trip up the 1000steps… with Isaac in the baby bjorn…
Sleep through the night– completed: 01/03/2018 Get some teeth– completed: 26/11/2018
I thought this might never happen… It feels like we have been waiting for teeth forever… but we had to wait until November for the first little tooth to pop through, now we have 3 with maybe more on the way… well hopefully a lot more… but I think another will be here very soon.
Watch a Disney movie with Mum– completed: 16/06/2018 Have brunch with my ladies– completed: 08/01/2018 Go to the beach– completed: 10/03/2018 Learn a word– completed: 23/11/2018
About 5minutes after we left the pediatrician who would have liked him to have a least one word, Isaac said Dad in the car on the way home… he really likes to do things in his own time.
Cuddle all of my grandparents and great grandparents– completed: 03/10/2018
This was the main reason for our trip to New Zealand, for Isaac to meet his great grandparents… it was just as magical as we would have hoped. Before we went overseas he also got cuddles with all his other grandparents… He has 11 grands and greats all up… he is a very loved little guy.
Make a keepsake– completed: 11/05/2018 Go on a plane– completed: 08/06/2018 Try my jolly jumper– completed: 30/05/2018 Grow– completed: 31/12/2018
Lets face it, we could have crossed this off on January 2… this guy has been growing all year like a champ!
So there you go… he finished his whole list… maybe it’s beginners luck… maybe he is just better at listing than me… I guess we will find out in 2019.