New Year’s non-Resolutions

New Year’s non-Resolutions

2007 is only a few hours old (Utah time . . . not quite here yet Hawaii time), and it is already looking pretty . . . exciting? busy? adventurous? for us. We have the possibility of grad school, the pretty definite plan to move half way across an ocean and most of the way across a continent, the changing of the jobs (for Micah), and the little matter of welcoming a little person into our little family, which means we are going to be *gulp* parents. Because we have so many life-changing events built into our year already, I don’t feel a need to make any resolutions. And, honestly, I haven’t subscribed to the idea for a few years already.

Even so, there are a few things I would like to do this year. The first one is to learn about babies. This is a good idea and not at all impractical or impulsive because we are actually going to have a baby and I’m going to learn about them one way or another. I have spent some time learning about pregnancy, labor and delivery, but I hear that the fun really begins after all of that is over. I’m specifically interested in what babies can do and how I can turn my baby into a super-genius over night. It will save me a lot of frustration if he learns to talk by the time he is two months old, and I hope to have him potty trained soon after that. Any insights about how I might do this are appreciated.

The other learning experience I am seeking out this year has to do with beans. Mom Heiselt likes beans, we learned recently, and after getting her some bean cookbooks for Christmas my curiosity has been piqued. I’ve never really been a fan of beans and the extent of my “cooking” with beans is seven layer dip, but I’ve noticed that the dishes with beans I’ve had lately have been quite delicious. I admit this is slightly impulsive and more doomed to failure than the baby goal so I’m going to leave it to Mom Heiselt to be the Bean Queen. I’ll be satisfied if I learn how to make one tasty dish to add to our diet.

Best wishes to all of you in 2007. We’ll keep you posted on our year, baby, beans, and all.

9 thoughts on “New Year’s non-Resolutions

  1. It sounds like you might be interested in any of Glenn Doman’s books. Do a search at your library – you won’t be sorry.

  2. Oh, and you will think I’m a freak but I’m really into learning a million new things even if they don’t work for me, (this includes cloth diapers). Have you ever heard of “elimination communication”? I know you were likely joking about the potty training at 2 months, but there are actually people who do it. It’s at least interesting. :) Do a google search because there really aren’t many books on it – it’s a new sort of thing. I’ve talked to parents who do it and love it.

  3. I don’t know how parents do it without becoming totally obsessed about their baby’s bodily functions. It seems like I’d be sitting and staring at my baby and taking her to the bathroom 300 times a day, etc. Sounds like SO much work and time (which I’d rather spend doing other things).

    Glad to have introduced you to something new. :)

  4. Oh, and I’ll also be happy to give you the “scoop” on how to teach your baby to swim (as I ordered the book on it.)

  5. Hey there! Catching up on your blog again! So much excitement in your life! Okie dokie my tokie….here is something that you might be interested in learning now. There was a show on Oprah that you may want to watch. I caught a fraction of it one day when I came home from teaching and needed a break. It was a show about understanding infant newborn’s language. They have a specific sound that they make before the cry to tell you they need certain things. If you are listening for these sounds, you can know if they are tired, hungry, have gas, a nasty diaper, or whatever. They are universal sounds found in all babies across the world. I think it would be worth your while to really find out about the show and see if you can watch it or get information about the lady who is the baby whisperer. Serious. Might save your sanity the first few months.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Natalie

  6. Wow, I never expected all of this great advice! I’ll have to look into that, too. I’m getting really excited to meet this baby and learn to communicate with him.

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