52 in 52: 2019 edition

Heyyyyyy – it’s 2019 everyone! A new year, which means a new 52 list! I’m yet to blog the results from last year, with some updates of some of the more notable ones but *spoiler alert* I did 100% of them! The first time in 10 years of doing the list!

WOOOOOOOO!

Also, holy cow, this is the 11th year of doing my 52 in 52! I think I probably should have some sort of party to celebrate, right? I should have done that last year to celebrate the decade, but um, whoops.

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December update for 52 in 52

I just went to look at when I last posted an update on my 52 list, and it was March! Whaaat? Then I realised that I had a post from August in my drafts, oops. Guess there’s no point posting that one. Needless to say I’m extremely overdue in posting an update.

There’s only one month left to go in the year so it’s a final sprint to finish the list, but I’m really excited at how things are looking right now. Let’s take a look!

What’s left to go:

There’s only 10 (!!!) items left on the list to complete this year. Of that, 4 of them are underway and nearly complete, and the others shouldn’t be too hard to complete. It’s just a matter of making the time!

  1. Write a blog letter to baby each month (this is my “Luca Letter” series) – I’ve got 2 letters to write, his 11 and 12 month letters.
  2. Make a photo book for Luca’s first year – this is also underway, hoping to get it finished this weekend.
  3. Take a family photo – we have photos of us all together, but I have something specific in mind. I want something nice, I don’t want a selfie.
  4. Accept help when offered as often as possible – this is something that doesn’t have a definite value for which I can measure whether it’s completed or not. I could say that it’s completed because I’ve been working on accepting help, and I have quite a few examples of that throughout the year. But I want to keep reminding myself of this right up until the year is over.
  5. See a doctor about my veins – booked in for a fortnight away. Recently my friend saw the veins in my ankle and was shocked at how bad they were. It will be interesting to see what the doc has to say.
  6. Frame/print a photo I’ve taken – still yet to do but quite a few that I want to print. The photo book also technically qualifies for this too.
  7. Learn how to do makeup – I’ve had a friend show me some techniques briefly, but I’d like to spend just a little bit of time trying out some techniques from online and just improve a bit more (if anyone out there is wonderful with makeup and wants to do a hard lesson with me I’d love it).
  8. 30 day declutter challenge – I went a bit easier on myself with this one in that it didn’t have to be 30 days in a row. It’s underway though, about 50% of the way through.
  9. Meditate for 5mins every day for a week – I’ve started this one so many times, and ultimately end up going to bed and forgetting to do it for a night. Going to make time for it this week.
  10. Have a date night with the husband 12 times (take turns to organise) – we’ve had 11 dedicated date nights for the year already, and the last one is coming up this week. To be clear, this is stuff that’s not just the usual “sit on the couch and watch tv”, it has to be where effort was made to make it feel like a date.

Highlights from what I’ve accomplished this year

There’s been so much that I’ve done this year, and I’ll post a full list at the end of the year, but I wanted to share some highlights.

  • Eat from a small plate every night for a week/pre-make a week’s worth of lunches: these ones were about portion control and controlling temptation. I ended up subscribing to Lite n Easy this year, which in my opinion has fulfilled both of these items. It’s been incredibly successful too, and as of the moment I’m 16kg down for the year, 26kg since I gave birth.
  • Go to a sporting event: I went to the Commonwealth Games this year – lifetime bucket list complete. It was amazing! I went to the swimming and cycling finals with my family (awesome), and the Closing Ceremony (not so awesome).
  • Run 5km: I did the 5km Sunshine Coast Marathon event with friends, and even this morning I did a 5km park run. Stay tuned for improvements on this task next year – I’ve signed up for my first ever half marathon!
  • Host a birthday party: We held a party for our son’s 1st birthday, which was amazing and went way too quickly. But it was so unbelievably fun and I can’t wait to plan his next one (but maybe don’t come too soon, I don’t want him growing up that fast!)
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    April update for the 2018 52-in-52 list

    I had a cracker of a month when it comes to my 52 in 52! I started the month with 35 items remaining, and as it stands right now I only have 26. That’s 9 in one month, hells yeah!

    Let’s go through them.

    Join a mother’s group

    When I was pregnant my hubby and I did an antenatal class to prepare ourselves for the birth. After that, all of the girls in the class stayed in touch. We were all first time mothers, and it was helpful to chat with others going through the same process.

    Well, just recently we’ve gone from more of an online discussion group with the odd catch up to becoming more of a mother’s group., starting with organised a fortnightly catch up taking turns hosting at our houses. The babies play, the mother’s debrief, and we all enjoy ourselves.

    For the privacy of my friends’ babies I won’t be uploading a group shot here, so instead here’s a photo of Luca in the jumperoo at one of the girls’ houses (he loved this thing, and played in it for about 30mins without saying boo).

    Make a baby toy

    I’ve actually made a couple of toys, but only one I think really counts as completing the task.

  • Cellophane (doesn’t count – but literally just grabbed a sheet of cellophane and he’s loved mushing it up to hear the crinkle sound)
  • Rice in a water bottle (doesn’t count, I seriously just put some rice in a water bottle and closed the lid). Shaking this makes him stop whatever he’s doing and turn around to see where the noise is coming from. When he’s laying on his tummy on the ground he enjoys flicking it forward with his hand. This might be one of the toys that helps him to start crawling since it grabs his interest whenever I put it on the floor just out of his reach.
  • Goo – this one counts and completes the task. I combined corn starch, water and some food colouring (maybe something else too, I can’t remember) until it resembled a thick goo. I put it into a zip lock bag and showed how he could push down on it and squish it around. Yeah….fail. He hated it. Instead it became a toy that helped him to discover gravity by dropping it off his high chair table whenever I put it on there. Needless to say it didn’t have a long shelf life in his toy box.
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    52 reasons why I love my husband

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    You guys, I’m going to state the obvious here.

    Babies change relationships.

    To be clear, neither of us have any regrets and we’re absolutely in love. But right now our lives are dedicated towards Luca, and not enough towards each other. I’ve let the affection drop, and I need to get that back. We need to prioritise time for each other at the end of the day, and I need to make sure that he knows how much I love and adore him.

    This 52 in 52 task couldn’t have come at a better time. The task was to “write a list of 52 reasons why I love and am grateful for my husband”.

    So without further ado.

    52 reasons why I love and am grateful for my husband

  • He gave in and let me eat my chocolate Easter Bunny while I’m writing this list (he doesn’t know I’m writing this list)
  • He’s so considerate of Luca and myself, always thinking of what he can do to make us happy
  • He enjoys the outdoors
  • He cooks for me so I don’t have to
  • He does all our budgeting so I don’t have to
  • He deals with me breaking the budget and hasn’t yelled at me yet (his disappointment is way worse anyway)
  • He surprises me sometimes with preparing breakfast for me so all I have to do is put it together in the morning, making it so much easier for me when I have to attend to Luca in the morning
  • He’s a great father
  • He’s a great husband
  • He helped me to change my life around substantially and turn me into a responsible adult (I still love fart jokes though)
  • When I decided I wanted to do a triathlon he was my biggest supporter, and was there waiting for me at the finish line when I completed my first race
  • He rode in front of me for 95km of a 100km bike race, taking the brunt of the wind to give me an easier ride (or he just wanted me to have a good view of his butt, which did also make the ride better)
  • Speaking of which, he has a great butt
  • He has a great smile
  • I love sitting down and having conversations with him about anything and everything
  • When he gets on his soap box about something it’s highly entertaining; I tease him about it but I secretly love his passion
  • His ability to make things (other than food) – a shoe box for the front door from the wood from the balcony at our old unit, repairing our camping trailer seams, the retaining wall in our backyard, all the other odds and ends, all the renovation work he did to our house, the various bits and pieces of LED lighting….the list is endless
  • His gardening skills
  • His ability to plan for things
  • His sense of style – he has a much better fashion sense than I do
  • His sense of humour
  • His willingness when we discuss our relationship and areas of improvement
  • His patience
  • His intelligence
  • His hugs
  • His kisses
  • His *censored* (bow chicka wow wow!)
  • His encouragement of my 52 list every year, and working towards some of the goals with me
  • The thought he puts into things, like my engagement/wedding ring that he designed
  • That he sometimes puts his own interests aside to give me the time I need to do something that makes me happy
  • He doesn’t complain about doing housework
  • He doesn’t complain when I haven’t been doing my own unofficial chores (we never actually divided anything up, we just naturally took on certain roles)
  • I have a phobia about people hearing me go to the toilet; I’m pretty sure he would have heard me making some rather crude noises in the toilet and he’s never said a word
  • He has absolutely no problem with going to the shops and getting feminine products for me. In fact, before the birth of Luca he had stocked up on probably 6 months worth of maternity pads (I still haven’t gone through them all)
  • He puts the toilet lid down and doesn’t complain
  • He encourages me to do the things I want to do
  • He encourages me when I’m doing something I don’t want to do (read: any time I’m attempting to cook something in the kitchen, I always get grumpy because I hate cooking and I force myself to do it on the odd occasion)
  • He supports me when I’m dieting/eating healthy and tries to keep me on the straight and narrow instead of falling off the wagon
  • He does the grocery shopping every fortnight
  • He’s extremely hard working
  • He doesn’t run away when I’m grumpy – he stops and tries to find out what’s going on and then tries to fix it (sometimes I don’t love this fact because I want space, but I admire his desire to make me happy)
  • How frequently he tells me he loves me
  • He never makes me feel ugly, even when I’m at my worst and struggling with my body image
  • The sourdough that he bakes is amazing to eat (and responsible for about 50% of my pregnancy weight gain)
  • We planned our wedding together – it wasn’t all on me and made things so much less stressful
  • He doesn’t complain when I ask him to get up in the middle of the night to help with the baby
  • I enjoy hanging out with him, whether it’s exploring or doing nothing at all
  • In the next fortnight I’ll be spending a lot of time on the Gold Coast to attend the Commonwealth Games; it’s inconvenient and time away from him and our baby, but he’s stepping up and taking over so that I can achieve a dream to attend the games
  • He’s a wonderful host when we have people over for dinner
  • The cakes he has made over the years are just incredible
  • He has surprised me with some wonderful gifts and treats, most recently a massage and facial package that was divine
  • He loves my dog, and respects the love that I have for her (although he can’t always understand it)
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    2018 edition of 52 things in 52 weeks (52 in 52)

    Every year I write a list of 52 things to complete in 52 weeks – the course of a year. This tradition has been going since 2008 – a huge 10 years now!

    To explain the 52 in 52, it’s kind of like new year’s resolutions, but instead of making a resolve about a new habit, it’s a list of tasks. The aim is to take time out of every day life to do things that are out of the ordinary. Things like making time for friends and family, and most importantly, myself. It can be fun things, simple things, or necessary things.

    So here it is, the 52 list for 2018. If you’re interested in joining me in any of these, let me know. The more the merrier! And if you’ve been inspired to create your own list, I’d love to see it.

    Baby

    • Take baby for a walk in the pram in a new spot 7 times
    • Write a blog letter to baby each month.
    • Join a mother’s group
    • Take Luca swimming
    • Make a baby toy
    • Make a photo book for Luca’s first year

    (6 items)

    Cooking

    • Pre-make a week’s worth of lunches

    (1 item)

    Family

    • Take a family photo
    • Make a will

    (2 items)

    Health

  • Get two massages
  • Have a bath
  • Eat from a small plate every meal for a week
  • Accept help when offered as often as possible
  • Get a mole scan
  • See a doctor about my veins – I have horrible vein damage all over my ankles from netball and lifesaving. They’re unsightly, and turn quite red after exercise. Firstly I want to make sure they’re not a health risk, and secondly remove them if possible.
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