Mindfulness Monday

Happy Monday! The Eicks had a great weekend; I hope you did too! John worked Friday and Saturday night, but we were still able to squeeze some good family time.

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Henry loves his Daddy!

The weather was finally nice enough to take this little monster for a walk on the trails in our neighborhood!

We leave tomorrow for a short trip to Boone, North Carolina. We have rented a cabin, and are so excited to hole up by the fire, eat good food, and do some hiking (weather permitting).

Mindfulness: What is it?

This week I started researching mindfulness. There is so much to know about it-I’m definitely only touching the surface. I am excited to learn more about it, share it with you, and start practicing it in my own life.

Mindfulness, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn is a famous teacher of mindfulness in the United States. He teaches through his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program the importance simply being in the present moment. Mindfulness is about letting go of the past, not focusing in too much on the future, and living in the present. Kabat-Zinn says, “It’s about living your life as if it really mattered, moment by moment by moment by moment.”

I love this concept because I often worry about the future. I also have a hard time letting go of the past. When reflecting on the general meaning of mindfulness, I am reminded of what Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6. Verses 26-27 say, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Later Jesus reminds us not to “be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

This week I am going to focus on living in the present. To actively pursue moving my thoughts away from the past or the future. To enjoy life as it is right now, today, in this very moment. To try letting go of my worry-wart tendencies.

 

*Most of my information was gained from the Greater Good in Action website about mindfulness. It contains some great videos. I learned a lot from this one as well.

 

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3 Months

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Wow! The past three months have absolutely flown by. I can’t believe how much our Henry has grown. When he was first born, he was so tiny that we called him our little packet. Yesterday, John looked at me and said, “I don’t think Henry is a packet anymore!” I have to agree. He has gotten so big. His precious personality has also started to come out. He certainly is such a sweet gift to John and me 🙂

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Here are a few of the many things I have been loving about Henry lately:

Henry has found his voice. He has turned into a Chatty Cathy (or I guess in his case, Chatty Carlos?). He discovers new sounds almost daily. My favorite time of the day is second thing in the morning (first thing is fooood!) when Henry tells me all about his night and what dreams he had and what he needs to accomplish for the day (aka he is goo-ing and coo-ing like crazy).

Henry is a serious soul. I touched on this a bit yesterday. He is definitely a serious guy. I can already tell he is going to be a “thinker.” I love his serious little soul so much.

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Henry has the BEST smile. Our serious soul definitely has a fun side! He has been smiling like crazy lately. All it takes is a smile from mom or dad and he cracks a big one. Even on the longest of days, his sweet smile warms my heart so much that I sometimes worry it might explode!

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Here are some things that Henry has really been loving lately:

Henry loves his bouncy seat. Henry is so content to sit in his bouncy seat and watch me in the kitchen. It makes my heart so happy to look over and realize he has been intently watching my every move.

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Henry loves lights. Who needs toys when you can look at lamps or Christmas tree lights?!

Henry loves reaching for toys. He has started grabbing things in order to examine them more closely.

Henry loves naps. This is something I am particularly thankful for. Henry really does love and benefit from nap time. He’s usually a grump if he doesn’t get a good nap or two during the day. We definitely make naps a priority!

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Napping with Grandaddy is the best!

Henry “loves” tummy time. Ok, the word love might be a bit of an exaggeration. He may not absolutely love it yet, but he doesn’t hate it anymore. He has gotten so much stronger and has even rolled a couple of times-victory!

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Henry loves food. The boy loves to eat. He comes by it honestly.

 

Henry you are such a blessing to your Dad and me. You have brought us more joy than we thought was possible. We are so thankful for you and we love you so much!

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Lazy Days

As a busy resident, John’s days off are few and far between. I always look so forward to them and they are always over way too fast. This month he is working in the Emergency Department at UNC. What does this mean, you ask? It means he gets way more time off-hooray! This week he has yesterday and today off.

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“Hi Mom!”

Yesterday, the three of us had a lazy morning filled with coffee, the Today Show, and our newest activity- the Bumbo. We love this floor seat because it allows Henry to practice sitting up on his own. The jury is still out on whether or not he loves it too. He takes Bumbo time very seriously. This is very typical of Henry.  I have loved watching the serious side of his personality emerge over the past month. He reeeally thinks long and hard about things before he decides whether he likes them or not. I have a feeling that in a few days, after a little more practice, we will all be loving Bumbo time!

 

Later, we went for a run-walk on the Fan Branch Trail in Southern Village. Running with a stroller is serious business! It’s lots of fun, and is super challenging. I’m still learning all the tricks of the trade because we did not start running with Henry until very recently. It will be fun for me to see how much I improve endurance-wise! Yesterday, we ran about 3 miles.

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We love spending time as a family!

Haaapy 2016!

What’s more appropriate for post number one, than to make a list of my 2016 goals?

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  1. Get out and meet more people. Since moving to Chapel Hill in May, I must admit I have not been great at putting myself out there and meeting new, North Carolina friends. AND for the past three months I have definitely been in the “baby bubble” with Henry. Community is such a huge part of making a place feel like home.
  2. Focus on mindfulness. Mindfulness is something my mom has told me a lot about over the past few months. Learning more about what it is and what it means in my life is something I am excited about!
  3. Be healthy. I know-typical New Years resolution, right? Since being pregnant and than having Henry I haven’t felt like my healthiest self. I am going to focus on eating healthy food in reasonable portions. I can’t give up an occasional cookie (or 3) or glass of wine. Therefore it is all about balance in 2016! Exercise has always been a big, important part of my life. I want to focus on getting back into and staying shape this year.

Other than continuing to be the best wife to John and mom to Henry that I can be, that’s it!

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Cheers to a wonderful year!