Make it through the year.
I have a feeling 2013 is going to be one of the hardest years of my life. And here is why: I've got to get through the last two thirds of a twin pregnancy, deliver said twins, and raise four kids under 5! (No wonder I'm exhausted - I've got two kids sapping my energy from the outside, and two sapping it from the inside!)
Now, reading that you might think I'm somewhat of a pessimist, but really, I'm usually pretty upbeat about the challenges I face and am pretty adaptable in many different situations. I just don't think I can face this year without being realistic about it!
Of course there are some things I'm thinking about in order to get myself and our family through this year.
1. Keep Jesus central - there will obviously be times when I'm going to need supernatural strength, patience, love and endurance! Spending more time in God's word, and relying on His strength will be crucial this year.
2. Keep my body healthy - try not to eat
too much junk food as my pregnancy continues. Be consistent with a low-stress stretching and exercise routine to prepare my body for labor and to help with a quick recovery.
3. Keep the kid's lives relatively normal as well as preparing them for the babies arrival. This includes things like getting potty training all done, moving Elena into a big girl bed and getting things ready for the twins.
4. Keep my expectations realistic - I've got a pretty obvious priority this year, and that is my family. I'm not going to pressure myself into being "super-mom", we may not do tons of crafts, I probably won't plan or decorate for parties, or blog everyday. It's going to take time to transition into a family of six and I am going to have to WILL myself not to put undue expectations on myself. (I'm not very good at that - being somewhat of a perfectionist)
So am I dreading the year to come? No way! I'm excited about welcoming two new lives into the world, and I can't wait to see how our family grows together this year. Another mom blogger wrote about her goal for the year, her desire to just "be" - enjoying the simple things in life, watching her family grow and cherishing all the moments, both the good and the bad. And that is what I'm going to strive for this year. Just make it through the year and do what I can to be a faithful daughter of God, a supportive wife and the best mom I can be.
Bring it on, 2013!
PS. We hope to find out the gender of our twins at our next ultrasound in a few weeks. Got a guess as to what we're having? Take the poll at the top right of the screen! :)