This Tiny Spark

Checking In (with a Video!)

on April 10, 2012

Oh hello, little blog! I’m so sorry to have forgotten you for over a MONTH (ack!)

Since a lot has been going on, I think it makes the most sense just to check in on what’s going on in our lives, and maybe share a few ideas for coming posts.

March was probably the worst month I can remember. It started off with Simon going away for a weekend, and Maya screaming pretty much the whole time. She hates when he isn’t here and it makes it very hard on me (I miss him too!) The two days that he was gone felt like years.

Right after Simon’s return, I ended up with an awful bladder infection that quickly spread to my kidneys. I ended up at the emergency room because of the constant pain. And of course I managed to check with Dr. Google and convince myself that I would die if I didn’t get help NOW. The infection hung on for a few weeks, and the antibiotics I was taking happen to bring on depression… so that’s how I spent the rest of March.

Simon’s 30th birthday was at the beginning of April (preceding my 29th by a few days), and we managed to go to Vancouver for a few days of fun. Maya spent a night with Grandma while we went to a movie, had a surprise dinner with 20 friends, and stayed in a fancy hotel! It was an awesome time and I was so proud that I managed to keep all those secrets from Simon for so long!

Maya is a full-time walker now and she is currently learning to run! She has new words and signs and gestures every day. I’m pretty sure she’s grown at least 2 inches in the past week. She is teething again: this time it’s all 4 eye teeth. So her mood is highly variable from day to day. I’m impressed by how much she can understand, and she loves to help by following simple directions.

It’s getting more and more challenging to come up with activities to keep her busy all day long. I am participating in a Busy Bag swap with my internet moms’ group, so I’m looking forward to having a few more fun things for her to do. It will also be nice to have summer weather when we can get outside more!

Our house and yard are really showing the past few years of neglect. It is hard enough to find the energy to clean the kitchen or make dinner after entertaining a toddler all day… but it is impossible when that same toddler is clinging to your legs and crying! We are hoping to try once a month cooking in the next week or so. I’m so impressed with the organization of it, and I think that it will help to just do all our cooking on ONE day and not have to find time for it every day.

On top of all of this, I also got a promotion at work! Now I am an Education Consultant with Tutor Doctor. I get to visit families and assess their children to find a tutor for them. It’s a really great company and I love the people I’m working with. I’m really just getting started, but I’m hoping this will take off soon!

Phew! So maybe now you can see why I disappeared for a month?! I hope to be back now and catching up with a few posts I have in my head. I want to follow up on Will Cinderella Eat My Daughter? and also write about Nurture Shock and Breaking the Good Mom Myth.

Thanks for reading my little update!



One Response to “Checking In (with a Video!)”

  1. Jocelyn says:

    Gah, depression just loves to steal your days from you.

    Please record Maya doing the sign for baby for 5+ minutes. So darn cute!!

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