I originally drafted this list last year, right around this time. I had read other posts, from fellow March Slicers, updating on their year. I’m not sure why I never published, but this seems like a good place to start this year’s challenge…with a few updates:
Since My First March Challenge, two years ago…
- We became a family of five. We welcomed our third daughter, Rose, in May. Six days late. Well worth the wait. She’s already almost 10 months old. Blowing kisses, loving food, and scooting like an ape… not crawling.
- Our second daughter, Adi, has become a big sister and the classic middle child. While testy and naughty at times, she may just have the kindest heart. Her love for her sisters is like no other.
- Both Wren and Adi have found a love for water. Over the summer they gained confidence in the pool and found joy in the cold ocean water of Maine.
- Wren, our oldest turned five and headed off to kindergarten. This has been one of the most challenging parts of being a mom yet… for so many reasons. Luckily, she loves everything about school- just as I always imagined she would. Now a reader and a writer, the world has opened up in new ways for our little girl.
- I returned to my job as a literacy coach after a five month leave. It felt like I never left and we settled into a routine quickly. Life after school is pretty busy!
- I’ve made time for writing and it is now a part of me. I think differently and look at the world in a new way.
Since Last March:
- Our girls are now 6 1/2 (Wren), 4 1/2 (Adi), and 1 1/2 (Rose)…those halves are very important. We’ve celebrated each of their half birthdays by serenading with Rose’s favorite song, “Happy Birthday.” We’ve documented the milestone with a 1/2 birthday picture and that’s it. I’ve come to enjoy the half birthdays more than the actual birthdays that evoke jealousy and lofty expectations. Half birthdays are where it’s at.
- All three girls continue to fall into the classic stereotypes associated with their birth order.
- The recommendations for summer swim lesson levels were just emailed out and Adi will be in level 1 for the third year in a row. I still can’t figure out if she really can’t swim or she just really loves playing “What time is it Mr. Fox,” a level one staple, in the wading pool.
- Being a mom of a first grader seems less challenging than being a kindergarten mom. There is a lot to be said for proactive parent/teacher communication, a strength of Wren’s first grade teacher. Wren continues to love school and we couldn’t be more grateful.
- Adi started preschool and I totally held my breath, not knowing how that would go. I waited for disaster, but our girl rose to the occasion and seems to be following in her big sister’s footsteps. She holds it together throughout the school day, never wants to leave, and promptly falls apart at pick-up time.
- Rose is no longer scooting around like an ape. She now resembles a big kid more than a baby…although she’s still good for a nightly snuggle in the rocking chair. She has a strong desire to keep up with her sisters. So far, she remains pretty easy going and loves hard.
- I still look forward to my work as a literacy coach. Some days are more stellar than others. But I believe in the work and the people. Kids are growing and I’m still learning every day….It just doesn’t get better than that!
- This is my third March Slice of Life Challenge and I haven’t missed a Tuesday Slicing since I began in 2017. Life is pretty busy and most days there isn’t much time left at the end of the day for just me. The Slice of Life has come to be the thing I give back to myself each week. A few minutes to reflect, write, and connect with others. This process has helped me to, sometimes, slow down. To notice.
This March, I hope to:
- Be able to make time for myself each day through this writing challenge.
- Grow as a writer-or at least stretch in new directions.
- Connect, share, and find joy along the way.