Happy New Years!


Happy New Years! It’s 2017! We celebrated with an early bed time around these parts (#MomLife) but I felt great when I woke up on the first of the year.  To be honest, the year went out on a negative note for me, personally.  I SOMEHOW ended up catching the Stomach Flu and it was one of the worst weeks of the year that I’ve experienced.  It’s really difficult to take care of a seven month old when you have to throw up every 10 seconds. And so, I will give a special thank you to my parents who have been in town these last two weeks, and to Łukasz, who left work early one day to take care of me and Petra when I felt completely awful.  

Petra celebrated her first Christmas! She got a few presents that she was excited about for, like, 2 seconds, ha.  It was really awesome to watch her celebrate her first Christmas.  It’s rather difficult to impress a seven month old baby but Petra seemed pretty happy.  We all did an unconventional Christmas dinner and celebrated with Dim Sum in Chinatown, an area that my parents loved. The next day we headed to New Jersey to spend Christmas with Łukasz’ extended family. It was all so sweet and cozy and my parents got along with his extended family really well.  I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday!

And now that the New Year is here, I’ve spent the entire week that I was sick thinking about New Years resolutions. I personally love the idea of resolutions because, while I don’t need an excuse to make major changes in my life, it’s nice to just have that idea of a fresh start.  I love wondering how I can do things differently this time around. I definitely want to treat my body better by eating healthier and exercising more. I’m sure that’s a common one! But on a more personal note, 2016 was a difficult year for me as I got my bearings as a first-time mama. I questioned myself often and I worried a lot about what other people were thinking.  

I had a conversation with my coworker recently about how I hate having hangovers and I don’t drink often because of this reason and then he said “plus you have a baby” which took me by surprise. I almost felt the need to defend myself and say that havinga baby really had nothing to do with having a drink. That having a drink or a hangover didn’t make me a bad mother. That maybe sometimes it’s nice to get a babysitter and go out and have some fun. But I didn’t. I didn’t defend myself because I wanted to try this thing out where I just stop caring what people think.

It’s surprising, the amount of advice people will give you when you’re pregnant and when you have a baby. It’s also surprising the amount of judgement they will pass when you forget a baby’s socks and people wonder if her feet are cold OUT LOUD to you or if you have a glass of wine with dinner and people ask if you’re breastfeeding…

So my New Years resolution is to stop caring what others think and to also be easier on myself. And if Petra is happy and Łukasz is happy and I’m happy then I think things are going right. Oh, and also to travel more, but that’s a pretty common one too!

I hope everyone has a great year! I’m too excited for words just imagining what’s to come. ❤️

Xo,

Karen

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