Day #4/14

July 12, 2014

I’m tired already.  Also, 14 charts behind.  Aghgh!  This wouldn’t be so terrible, but since I’m entering another full week of call I need to find time to catch up.  I honestly cannot STAND the idea of doing these in the evenings, as I’m so spent by the time I finally get both kids to bed.

The mornings would be better, but most days I take ~30 minutes of sacred precious workout time.  (Or sometimes sleep time when necessary).

So — that doesn’t leave much.  Except short blocks on weekends, I suppose.  Because Josh usually has a lot to catch up on too, and we need to have some family time or just what is the point of all of this!?

Sorry, feeling rant-y today.  You know, I have to say that despite wanting to believe otherwise, having 2 young children really and truly DOES change the amount of time and energy I have available for work.  I’m not saying this is true in every situation, but it is for me.  Things would be different, I suppose, if I had a husband with a less intense job — but not that different, as I’ve basically already outsourced as much as I feel is reasonable.

I think I’m still doing an okay job with everything, but it is not easy.

On the upside, I think that becoming a parent has made me a better/more empathetic pediatrician and a wiser, more efficient, and practical person.  So there’s that.


workout:  3.43 mi / 30:43 outside at 6 am.  First 2 at tempo (8:19-8:28/mi) and the rest slower (9:16-9:45/mi).

interesting:  Jenny Lewis’ “Just One of the Guys”.  I’m actually going to see her live (with Ray Lamontagne) tomorrow night!  Warning: this song is terribly catchy and now it’s stuck in my head again.

positive:  Both babies went to bed without much protest.  YES.


that’s our nanny g’s pretty manicured hand 🙂


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

    I hope your weekend is going OK, Sarah, and you had time for some relaxation and family moments that will get you through the next week! I just finished 5 days of call, but that is NOTHING compared to 14, did you choose that schedule? or is it just catch up post-maternity leave?
    I totally hear you, after having the second kid, I just haven’t had as much time for anything, including work! Maybe just take one night, after the kids are asleep, and plug away until you are caught up, and then let it go and do it again in a week or so? I prefer to have one bad tired evening then a dozen kinda bad evenings.

  • Reply Laura Vanderkam March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better! When I’m feeling swamped, and solo parenting during the week, I get a sitter one night a week. I’m still doing the evening shift generally 5-6 nights per week, so I figure one off is OK. I go to the library and work for 2 hours and grab dinner. I often still wind up putting the kids to bed (they stay up late…) but I get caught up before I’m tired after they go to bed.

  • Reply essaysontime March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    My daily routine is probably same as the workout scene is always on and I feel healthy to do it so. My days are really busy as I couldn”t find free time for myself because of a lot of busyness around me.

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