It’s time for another 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days Update. This is a project we started back in January. I realized as I was compiling this that we’re about 30% through the 1001 days and also about 30% done with the goals on our list. Hooray for staying on track! Here are a few items crossed off lately…
3. Potty train – 50% done!
This was a big deal for us this summer. Sophie has a personality that is 100% resistant to something until she’s ready. As soon as she’s ready, she’s there, like a switch has flipped. Children with autism are often delayed with potty training, so we knew not to worry too much if she wasn’t potty trained as early as other kids, but we really hoped we could help her with this before school started back up. She decided she was ready right when school got out last spring and hasn’t looked back. Nights, public restrooms, she’s been a champion. Blew us away. Milo turns 3 in January and I don’t plan on rushing him, though I think he’ll be ready here in the next few months.
12. Swimming lessons.
This was awesome for us this summer. Both kids were much safer this year around the water, and Milo made a bunch of progress at swimming lessons. I’m hoping we’ll have two swimmers next summer, though I don’t quite know what to expect.
14. Try a community class for each child.
I gave art class a go this summer with both kids. Total fail in the Milo department. For now, Sophie’s sticking with her dance class and we’ll try something again for Milo soon (probably more swimming lessons).
36. Set an unplug time for a month.
I’ve actually been doing this for about three months now. I’ve set a time that I’m DONE with phones and screens for the evening. At 8:30ish, I turn off my phone and step away from the computer or tablet. It’s helped me stay much more relaxed and helped me fall asleep more easily at night. At 8:30, I’m essentially forced to transition away from work or podcasts or paying bills online and into a relaxing or personally fulfilling activity, like picking up a book or writing out some ideas in a notebook.
I’ll also say here that I go to bed suuuuper early (like by 9-9:30pm) or I’m completely dragging when my little songbirds/sleep disordered children screech me awake at early o’clock the next morning (slash all through the night). If I went to bed later, my screen shut-off time would also probably be later.
39. Make Sundays special.
This has been a work in progress. As our children grow and develop, we’re working on making Sunday a family day. Right now, both kids are at rambunctious rowdy stages and Sophie’s still really struggling with coping skills on Sundays, but we’re working on this. We choose calm music, keep media to a minimum, read plenty of books, and try to go on a walk or a drive together. It’s a much more un-plugged day. It’s still chaotic and loud and crazy and sometimes people shoot us death stares at church, but we’re doing what we can with what we have where we are.
60. Successfully poach a pretty egg.
Poached eggs are one of my favorites, and I get them any time I’m at a breakfast place, but I’ve accidentally scrambled too many poached egg attempts in the past. Bleh. They’re still coming along and certainly wouldn’t make Julia Child jump up and down, but this process is getting so much better! My method was inspired by The Whole30 Cookbook. Fill a saucepan or sauté pan with high sides with 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer. Add a teaspoon of vinegar (we use cider vinegar) and a pinch of salt. Crack eggs into a small dish and transfer to the water. Simmer 2 minutes for soft yolks, then remove with a slotted spoon and serve. Bam.
77. Be able to complete Lindsay Brin on the hardest setting.
Finally healing my core from Milo’s birth and the diastasis recti that followed has been an ongoing process for the last 2 1/2 years, and I’m finally to a point where I feel like I have some actual core strength!
(p.s. More about what I did to heal my diastasis recti here)
89. Organize craft supplies
I actually did this several months ago. I don’t know why it hasn’t occurred to me to cross this off. Like everyone else in the world, I read The The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and did a major purge in my house. It felt goooood. I’ll be sharing more about this next week, but I really do recommend this book. We got rid of 50% of our toys and both kids play much better than they used to. We still have plenty of options to choose from (and we’re not scared to add more at Christmas and birthdays), and they can more easily see what the choices are.
Goals Complete: 37
Goals Remaining: 64
Days Remaining: 740