Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mar19_MamaAnna

For whatever reason March is always a difficult month for me, so I approach it with a certain amount of trepidation. At different points in the past I had a miscarriage, totaled my car, had my apartment burglarized, etc. Well, this March was not the worst ever. Still, I am glad that it’s over. Both myself and my husband were sick a lot, and the changes at work are finally happening, but not as quickly as we would all like. My boss is going to leave for another part of our gigantic company, and I don’t know yet who I am going to report to. At this point I think I am going to do mostly what I am doing today, but this might change too.

I exercised twice this month – this makes a big jump over nothing :) I am optimistic that with better weather we will have more opportunities for physical activities. I am excited to see that my husband makes some progress in his weight loss – 5 lbs down, 15 more to go. We try to keep our commitment to more fresh food even though we regressed during the time when we were both sick and tired. We saw our friends more often, and we even plan a trip together in May if all the stars align properly.

Anna is healthy and finally growing. She was always on the small side, but in the past week it looks like she grew an entire inch. She finally fits nicely into her 3T clothes and needs new shoes soon. We had some beautiful spring weather in March (I hope it will come back for Easter!), and we used an opportunity to spend more time outside. Anna took to her big girl bed easily, but completely dropped naps. She still has “rest times”, but she spends them playing and reading in her room. This month I did better with letting her choose her activities and not pushing my own agenda. We had some trying days with meltdowns and crankiness though. I read somewhere that the real height of terrible twos or threes happens in the middle of that year, and we are approaching 3.5 here. There is definitely more testing, but overall she is still a happy child who wants to please, and I feel very blessed.

14 comments:

Ticia said...

Well, at least you got past this month with relatively few problems, in the grand scale of things. I can see why you'd dread March with that list of things happening.
And with all the playing outside and walks with Anna, you could say you were "exercising."

Annette W. said...

I don't know if I managed to exercise this month. I know I ate very few salads.

Meghan is also small, but she has been able to wear 3T leggings for a while. Her shirts are 4T though...long torso I guess. Still short.

Glad you are feeling better!

Debbie said...

I understand with all you've been through why March is a rough month for you.

It's is amazing when we turn around to see our children grow suddenly. Selena grew so much this past month we are almost ready to jump to size 5 in her clothes.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm glad you had a little better March this year. That's quite a list of woes.

Clara would look like a giant next to Anna - she's in a size six already!

Autumn said...

Interesting that March has always been a bad month for you. Hasn't been the best for me either.

I hope we get good weather for Easter too! So far the forecast is not in our favor. :(

Our Little Family said...

I know it's been a while since I've commented, even though I read regularly. I wanted to stop in and say hello AND that was hoping the 3s would be a little easier than the 2s... :) We're having a spurt of tantrums over here and it's just wearing me OUT!

I'm also glad March is almost over. Although, the weather down here has been quite fabulous too, making me a happy girl. :)
-Jill

MaryAnne said...

No wonder you are wary of March! I'm glad you are all healthy again, and I hope that your changes at work turn out to be positive ones for you.

Christy said...

I always forget how big Reagan is; she is wearing a size 5 and so is her 5 year old brother.

I'm glad you had a better March than in past years.

Together We Save said...

Wow - sounds like March is tough for you.... glad it is over.

Jenny said...

I'm glad March is over too. It was so long, I know only 1 extra day, but it seemed to go forever!

I think I exercised 2 or 3 times in March also! LOL!

Abby is almost 6 and still gets cranky often. However, the kind of cranky is different from age to age.

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

My son River will be 4 in August, and he has just recently been able to fit into size 3T jeans. It used to bother me that he was a small kid, but my husband and I were small kids growing up....
I have seen you comment on a few other blogs and I read and loved, "Raising a Happy Child". Have you read the book "The Aware Baby" by Aletha J. Solter. It's one of my favorites!

Joyful Learner said...

We took March wad going to end all in sunshine...even went out and bought a bike last week...all this rain kept us miserable. But my husband says it's good we're getting more rain which I can't argue with. I need to get in shape also so I'm hoping for more sun. Selfish of me, I know. ;)

JC is our petite girl too...most of her friends are a head taller. :0

Elise said...

Thankfully, your month of March didin't involve any of the traumatic events that have happened in past years. But, being sick and changes at work are not the best either.

I agree, I think 3.5 is the new terrible two's. Savvy is just starting to have rest time now, instead of a sleep at lunch. I am finding that the hour or so before dinner is now tough going, as she is over tired and prone to meltdowns at this time of day.

Anna's castle that she built during rest time is very impressive. It's great that you got a photo of it.

vanessa said...

I love that photo of you two! Glad that this march was better than those of the past.