Happy New Year! Well, we’ve survived the first month relatively unscathed. I’m happy to report that Ruu still has all of her fingers and toes. She’s gaining weight like she’s supposed to, eating like she’s supposed to, and pooping like she’s supposed to. She even lets us sleep on occasion.
New Years Eve was fun. I actually helped out at my family’s restaurant, and Lauren and Ruu came to ring in the new year with us. They even got fancy!
Uncles Lance and Jason got Ruu that spiffy red dress and “mink” coat. My little on cleans up pretty nice. She takes after her mother in that way. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem that impressed with the whole affair, and she takes after her father in that way. :-/
This morning is the first chance I’ve had to reflect on the passed year, and I have to say: I’m kinda proud at the progress I’ve made at this whole life thing. A couple years ago I made my first earnest, but incredibly vague New Year’s Resolution of my entire life: To be more present, and to practice moderation. Back then I had no idea what either of these things meant. But two years later I’ve scored a full time job with my library system, lost 94 pounds, ran my first 5k race, trained up to a 10k, finished a first draft of my novel, and now become a father. Maybe the last shouldn’t really be called an achievement, yet. After all, I’ve got plenty of time to screw this kid up. But I love her and I love her mother with every fiber of my being, and I can’t wait to figure out how to be a family together. I figure that’s a pretty good start toward NOT screwing her up. When Lauren got pregnant we used to talk about how strange it will be when it’s not just the two of us anymore. The idea that a third person would move in and take over our lives seemed so alien. Now, I can’t imagine our lives any other way.
I have a few new resolutions for 2014. Some of them involve our family goals like paying down our debt and saving more. I have a few new personal goals as well. I’d like to write more; I’d like to finish the second draft of the novel and complete no less than 4 short stories this year. I also have a couple other blogs that I’d like to participate more in.
These are ambitious, but doable goals; I’m optimistic, but I know that I might not succeed at all of them. But there’s one more resolution that is more important than all the rest. I want to be the best dad I can be to my little girl, and live a life that is a worthy example of humanity.
And I think I’ll continue being present and practicing moderation. They’ve worked out great so far.