small victories and things left unseen

April 16, 2014

so i now have a laundry list of topical posts to write.
However, please know that I have no plans to ditch the meandering ‘what’s going on’ types of posts that have always been the mainstay of this blog.  In my introspective mode the other day, I actually read many of my own posts (the ‘early days of Annabel’ months).  It was interesting.

So much has changed, and so much is the same.

Also, I’m glad I’ve started using capital letters most of the time.  I am not sure if anyone else noticed this upgrade, but my writing was starting to look a little livejournalesque.  Sorry about that.  I wonder how hashtags will look to all of us in 2020?  #so2014 #omgretro

current small victories
1.  I’m actually getting used to the whole ‘two-on-one’ thing.  The ol’ bedtime routine (for Annabel; C doesn’t really have a routine yet) is getting easier.  I realized that we’ve turned a major corner here because our nanny is sick today, and when I got her text this morning I was a little sad but not devastated.

2.  I’m still sticking with the POP Pilates workouts, although I’m alternating her prescribed days with running (and occasionally a skip day), so it’s taking me twice as long to get through her calendar.  I still REALLY lack core strength and have to modify many ab moves, but I am hoping to make progress with pilates/barre/yoga/strength workouts at least 3x/week.  I like that the POP pilates segments are super-short (typically the calendar prescribes 3/day, which I do in a row — with a little thrill as I check off each one in the app).  Yesterday’s What Makes You Bootyful was only 3 minutes but I am feeling it today!  It has been fun to try something new and I have a youtube barre class and a Jillian Michaels reunion planned for later in the week.

3.  Um.  I think I’m finally completely settled into maternity leave.  I have quite a relaxed schedule and am really enjoying every day.  Mr. C’s sleep is not consistent (last night wasn’t great) but I do not feel exhausted.  Too bad I only have 2 weeks (and one day) left!

things left unseen
1.  I alluded to new experience as a patient (or parent of a patient) in the medical system.  First, there was A’s psoriasis.  But now — against all odds — I’ve actually gotten an experience in my own field  (pediatric endocrinology):  Cameron had borderline thyroid function on his newborn screen and is now being treated and followed in the clinic where I work.  Funny how the world works, right?!  I’ll write more about the whole experience another day.

 C getting his levothyroxine mixed in pumped milk / A’s extensive cream collection

2.  I’ve been rediscovering the Great American Pastime: the TV.  I may be the only one still watching Glee and I think it’s cheesy as all get-out, but I still really like it.

I like it even more with a baby draped on top of me

3.  I got my hair Japanese straightened* for the first time in 15 months (I found out I was pregnant with C just before being due for a re-process, so put it on hold until now!).  Yes, I left Cameron for 6 hours (with Josh!) and pumped mid-treatment (alone in a separate room of the hair place, mind you).  MAN, I missed my fake hair!

Will post a pic as soon as I get a decent one.

* Japanese, not Brazilian/Keratin.  This process uses chemicals similar to that of a perm (ie, ammonium thioglycolate, of Legally Blonde fame) and not those that contain/give off formaldehyde.   While the EWG doesn’t give it a thumbs up, I can’t find any firm reason for a clear thumbs down either.


  • Reply oldmdgirl March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I’d love to hear your perspective on being a parent/patient + a doctor yourself.

    What is your plan for when the nanny is sick when you’re back at work? I think my institution has parents in a pinch, but my understanding is that they require too much advance notice to be practical. Will you stay home?

    Can’t wait to see pics of the new hair!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      will definitely write a patient/dr post. it has been interesting!

      our nanny backup is most likely my mother-in-law (hi bebe if you are reading this!). (also my SIL during the summer or if she is off from school -she is a teacher). my MIL works full time, but from home, and is more flexible. i am very lucky to have this option! if i didn’t, i’d probably try to round up a few backup babysitters. i don’t anticipate our nanny being out much — she said she has taken very few sick days ever. i’m guessing she may have dragged herself in today despite being sick if i had to work. i’m glad she didn’t have to, though!

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I like your list of topics, looking forward to them…and the hair pic. I thought long and hard about it after I asked you, and decided against it mostly for financial reasons, but also bc my hair was starting to annoy me less. We are so SO lucky in that my husband can pretty much always take off from work if needed, and I generally can 50% of the time, so we try to split. If worse came to worse, I would cancel clinic patients or ask someone to cover (I’ve covered 3 times for others: first trimester bleeding, preterm labor and delivery, appendectomy) and I honestly don’t mind.

  • Reply kristen March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    hahaha. hilariously enough, i DID notice the capital letters upgrade. i am going strong with all little ones on my blog. but i think i have decided to grow it up when i go for a redesign in the near future. gosh, the big decisions to be made! 😉

  • Reply Meredith March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    That. Workout. My God. I’ve now forwarded to my whole staff telling them they must do it now. My booty is shaking!

    Would love to see a photo of your hair. I’ve never heard of Japanese hair straightening but I’m interested.

  • Reply countingdowntildaddy March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    How long does the Japanese hair straightening last? Does it grow out or fade away like a keratin treatment? I’m dreading the humidity when we move to Okinawa, but I’m not sure I want to completely get rid of my curl…

  • Reply gn0mel0ver March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    That is the sweetest picture of C and A. Cannot believe how much he has grown! So cute. And smiling. When my kids were babies, it was such a whirlwind, I cannot remember when they smiled or really much of anything. It is a blur.

    I use small amount of a straightening product in my hair twice a week when I blow dry. The size of a pea. It contains formaldehyde. I did not realize that was bad! : (


  • Reply Larica March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks For the post. I really enjoyed with this post. Even, I love to read your each and every post. Keep posting. I am waiting for your new post.

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