2011 and 2012 were pretty amazing years for me. I got married in the first, and had a baby in the second. It can’t get much better than that, right? Even though I know I can’t top those two years excitement wise, probably ever, the next few years before me are arguably much, much more important. That’s why, as I look forward, there’s really only one resolution that matters: to be a good mother. To make sure that this little chicken, and my future chickens, get all the love they need, and so much more.
Sure, there are other things I’d like to do, like resolve to volunteer, knit Baby T. a dress, drop these extra 20 pounds of McDonald’s baby weight, travel more, etc., but in reality, I know most of these won’t happen in 2013, and that’s OK. Sorta like all those years that my resolutions were to be friends with famous people and find a really “cool” job. I never did nail those two things, but I did find a few things that were even better along the way: true, lifelong friends who’s stuck by me the past 11.5 (eek!) years in New York, and a really, really good job that I love. But being a good mom? That’s one I’m not willing to fail at.
For me, being a good mother needs to begin at bringing SOME organization to my otherwise chaotic life. While my constant state of mess (literally and figuratively) may be good for me, a child needs a bit more structure and organization. At least to some degree!
To help achieve this, my first step was organizing our life and commitments. I found this dry erase calendar for our fridge from Target (its by Mead), to make sure the hubby and I both stop “accidentally” double booking our weekends when the other one has made plans, and to make sure we don’t forget about things like Baby T’s doctor’s appointments.
I also broke out my old Kate Spade Planner that I bought at the Sample Sale in 2003 for the same reason. And yes, I know I can do all this crap online. I know that there is this thing called the cloud has tons of calendars I could use and share and blah, blah, blah. But I’m old school. I like my dry-erase calendar and my planner.
Finally, besides organizing, I’ve taken one other big step towards being a good mom: I’ve spent hours and hours cuddling, loving and enjoying my precious little nugget: