Day Twenty-One – Baking

I love love love to bake! If I could handle the crazy early hours and the unpredictability of the job, I would totally open my own bakery. Problem is, I eat almost all of what I make. I really need to be better about letting go and sending 80% of it to work with my husband.

I hadn’t made a good quick bread in awhile, which is a bummer, because I love making them with pumpkin, zucchini, or carrot and calling it health food 🙂 So I dove in with this zucchini bread recipe tonight. We’ll have some for breakfast in the morning and we’ll see how it turned out, but the smell alone brought me ample happiness.

Day Twenty – The checklist

I’ve known this for years, but now is my time to capitalize on it… I love lists. Lists keep me organized, make me feel productive, and allow me to be more efficient, therefore giving me more time for fun and making me happier.

So here’s to more list-making    *cheers*

Day Nineteen – Go Niners!

I grew up in a you’re-not-allowed-to-watch-tv household… except… 49er football games and Bill Nye the Science Guy. It should also be said that George Seiffert’s daughter used to be my babysitter, and my father-in-law’s restaurant used to cater team events in the ’90s. Suffice to say, I love the Niners and I know quite a bit about the sport (definitely more than my husband!).

I’m going to allow myself an afternoon of chips, dip, and playoff football! And when my son demands that we watch Cars instead… I will be strong!

Day Eighteen – Crafting/Sewing blogs

My passion for quilting started in Blogland. I literally taught myself how to quilt by reading tutorials and tips from bloggers. Then those blogs became a source of inspiration and community.

But once my free time disappeared I stopped following all my favorite blogs. Since I deleted the Facebook app from my phone, I decided replace it with one that will no doubt bring me happiness. A few days ago I downloaded Feedly and subscribed to some of my favorite quilting blogs. Looking through the posts today filled with gorgeous pictures of glorious quilts made me crave more creative time and motivated me to post to my neglected sewing blog.

Day Sixteen – Romance

Missed a post, because I was ummmm… busy… last night 🙂

Since having a child and since getting a promotion, my husband and I spend very little time together. Honestly, you’d be shocked at how little we even speak to each other. There are a couple of songs that hit mighty close to home (funny they’re both duets): Remind Me by Brad Paisley/Carrie Underwood, and Just Give Me a Reason by Pink/Nate Ruess. After 14 years with the same person, romance starts to take some effort.

Luckily we both love each other immensely and are completely committed to our relationship. We both deserve more happiness from our marriage!

Day Fourteen – Relief

My husband works a lot and my child only sleeps a little, so my days were starting to feel ridiculously long… like 14 hours long.

Then about a month ago we moved my son’s bedtime up more than an hour, and he kept sleeping until basically the same time in the morning… boom… down to 13 hour days (i.e. huge happiness boost)!

His occupational therapist recently pointed out that a lot of his negative behaviors are signs of him being overtired. Now here’s the sad part – I know he’s overtired.

But when he naps, his bedtime gets pushed so late that he gets much less night sleep and the next day is a mess too. He’s also a beast when woken from a nap, so that makes it doubly hard to allow for a midday snooze. And it’s such a struggle to get him to nap that it leaves me with no motivation to make it happen.

She convinced me to reread Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (which had been my bible for the first year of his life). The stories and advice reminded me that it might take some time, and some tears, to get him back on a good sleep schedule, but the results would be worth it. So last week we decided to move his bedtime even earlier, and wouldn’t you know it, it worked… say what?!?… 12 hour days people!

Our next step is to try to add in a short nap at a reasonable time. I was able to make it happen today and I really hope it will stick. But it took him a long time to fall asleep tonight and it was about an hour after his new bedtime (the nap was an hour long). So we’ll see what time he wakes up tomorrow.  I’m willing to try it for a week to see if it helps, because the period of his best behavior coincides with his best sleep schedule (22 months old).

Fingers crossed tomorrow goes well, but worst case we’ll go back the the early bedtime and no nap.

Day Thirteen – Rough patch

Since beginning my happiness adventure, this is the first day I’ve really struggled to maintain my optimism about the whole thing. I spent my “free time” on stuff that stressed me out, I snapped way too many times at my son, and I didn’t do a single thing to take care of myself (yes, that includes showering!). As it’s time for bed, I’m just going to put today behind me and remember that tomorrow is another day.