My goals for the month . . . here goes nothing:
2. Exercising 4 days a week sounds like kind of a lot to me . . . but when all I can handle without getting totally winded and spending the rest of the day napping is a leisurely stroll with Forrest, it doesn’t seem so daunting. And during the last few months/weeks of my pregnancy with Forrest, I really packed on the weight. Like, a lot of it. And yes, a good amount of it did turn out to just be water weight, but maybe exercising more will help keep my out-of-control swelling down this time? It really was outrageous. I was swollen in places I didn’t know could swell (love handles! did you know you can have a WATER MUFFIN TOP?). Fingers crossed that maybe a little more frequent exercising helps with that.
3. Jeff can’t believe I’m stressing already about the baby’s room. “It’ll take you like 3 days! She’s not due for 4 months!” But all I’m hearing is, “4 months! That’s it! You only have 4 months to do EVVVEEEERYTHIIIING!” And I know this second trimester feel-good get-er-done energy isn’t going to last forever, so I want as much baby prep as possible to be done well before the 3rd trimester exhaustion hits. This month, I want to clear out my craft room (a huge task in itself) and relocate it the basement, and get started on turning it into baby girl’s room (collecting/repainting furniture, decorating, etc.).
4. Not to toot my own horn here, but I’m really good at not spending lots of money. Avoiding a $50 jeans purchase? Easy. Not dropping $75 at Target on little doo-dads and cheap shoes? Simple. But I’m not so good at not spending a little money. It’s not as easy for me to talk myself out of, say, a $10 fast food lunch with Forrest every week, or a $12 shirt on clearance, or just an extra $15 worth of snacks and candy at the grocery store. I’m great at avoiding large-ish purchases, but I make plenty of little purchases instead, and they sure do add up. I want to cut down on those small spur-of-the-moment purchases this month.
5. Yet another item Jeff is stunned I’m already worried about. “She has no clothes!!!” “You have FOUR MONTHS, Rachel.” “But she has NO CLOTHES! She’ll be naked! ALL THE TIME!” And since I like to get as much as possible from garage sales/thrift stores/hand-me-downs/etc. instead of buying everything brand new at full price, I want to start early at building a wardrobe. This will include going through old boxes of Forrest’s clothes to see what can be re-used for a girl, and looking for bargains for new or secondhand items.
So this should hopefully be a busy and productive month! What’s on your plate for July?