spew of random (mostly positive) thoughts on a Friday

June 2, 2017

1) Happy Friday!  I was off Monday and Thursday so this week was a l’il light.  And I didn’t mind.  I am so ready for our family vacay (coming up sooooon!).

Weekend plans:
Sat – kid bday party; pool/dinner party w/ family
Sun – brunch w/ friends (w/ kids); afternoon kid bday party

Looks pretty good to me.

2) I am finally starting to get some energy back, although . . . not all of it.  I had successful run/walk (6 min run/2 min walk) on my day off in HOT sunny humid temps.  I really really want to start getting up early again (I had such a great meditation / journal / workout routine going!) but I just . . . can’t.  Last night I went to bed at 9 and set my alarm for 5:30, butttttt Cameron woke up with horrible coughing and wheezing at 4 am and even though I passed out again at 4:30, when the 5:30 alarm went off there was just no way.

3) But my nausea is so much better (now really just shows up in small spurts esp if I go too long between meals) so I am thrilled overall!  I am eating normal food again, and it’s awesome!

4) Back to #2.  I think I need to take Cameron to a pulmonologist.  Maybe?  No one ever wants to use the word ‘asthma’ these days, but he certainly has something that causes wheezing and excessive coughing and it makes me sad.  I think he needs to be on a controller med but I also haaaate the idea of giving him steroids every day.  Agh.

5) I started The Husband’s Secret yesterday.  I can tell I am going to love it.  Not sure why it took me this long since I loved Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and especially What Alice Forgot.

6) I have to sign Annabel up for after school activities tomorrow (have alarm set!).  It’s first-come-first-serve.  There are activities varying from Mandarin to Coding to Clay Modeling.  She already does ballet & gymnastics so I am thinking of signing her up for more artistic pursuits:  potentially drama, book-making, and/or ceramics.  I am trying not to overschedule, but at the same time — man, so many things I know she’d enjoy (esp the art-y ones, and she asked to do drama).  Apparently kindergarten at her school has plenty of homework, so I know we need to leave time for that too.  I am glad #3 isn’t due until December because I am soooo overwhelmed just thinking about juggling homework + breastfeeding when I haven’t dealt with either of them for years now.

7) Also, Annabel and Cameron are going to have to share a room.  I’m having palpitations thinking about bedtime.

8) I signed up for Barre3 again after a long hiatus.  I’d love to do 2 sessions/week.  Not sure how it’s going to happen with current sleep need though (see #2)

9) Just got maternity bathing suit + 2 dresses in the mail that I ordered from Seraphine!  Hoping there is enough time left in this Wild Kratts episode to allow for try-on . . . especially hoping that this dress fits:

worn by Duchess Kate apparently!

ADDENDUM:  It’s a little big but I’m not going to exchange it because I’m only 13 weeks and have over a HALF A YEAR of pregnancy to go, so, yeah.

Happy weekend 🙂


  • Reply Solitary Diner March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Homework in kindergarten? That seems crazy! What happened to finger painting and nap time.

  • Reply xykademiqz March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    horrible coughing and wheezing

    My oldest has asthma; never wheezed but will have neverending bouts of cough on occasion. He has seasonal allergies, so when the nose gets clogged, so does everything else.

    My youngest has these bouts of wheezing and coughing. We have figured out that it’s either his food allergies (he has several), i.e., it’s a reaction to something he ate so Benadryl+Albuterol take care of it quickly, or he actually has a respiratory tract virus, in which case Albuterol a couple of times does the trick. When he has the bout of wheezing and coughing, it goes away fully. So perhaps Cameron has something like that, i.e., allergy related?

    Fingers crossed that it’s not asthma for which he’d always have to be on steroids. 🙁
    But OTOH, if it is asthma, these days the meds are very good, much better than even a couple of decades ago (my sister has asthma). Good luck!

  • Reply Lindsey March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Do you have three bedrooms? What’s your long term plan? We are in the same boat. My two oldest shared from age 5 and 1, and are still sharing almost 5 yrs later! It’s been fine, really. They just get in bed around the same time.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      3 total bedrooms, so yes 2 kids are going to have to share (unless someday we move or do a big reno project; there is space to add more space but currently definitely not in the budget). that’s wonderful to hear that they have done well together!!

      our routine is pretty crystalized with C in bed first and then A right after and A won’t go to bed without one of us sleeping next to her. We’re going to need to see if maybe C’s companionship will wean her of this need! Currently any time they are together it’s such novelty that they are impossible to put to sleep but hopefully making it the norm will help. And since they are different genders at some point baby sister would have to trade places w/ and stay with A, but they’re going to be 5.5 years apart! 10 and 15.5? Hmmm . . . .

  • Reply Young March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    You are going to gasp when you finally find out the husband’s secret. It is a shocker. I loved that book.
    Also, I wish schools didn’t give homework to kindergarteners. I just don’t see how that is helpful for 5 year olds!

  • Reply Marci Gilbert March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Re: Cameron coughing, my older son (5) just got his tonsils out and nasal turbinates cut down and I think it is really helping everything that was ailing him on his face. Sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose, snoring, gagging at food, etc. Just something to think about! We tried an inhaler with albuterol first.
    Re:maternity bathing suits, 👎🏻👎🏻😣😫 is what I think about shopping for them. Had some luck at motherhood maternity online, no luck at Nordstrom or pea in the pod. Found one at asos. Hoping they last a while!

  • Reply Jenn March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    so nice to hear from you more frequently again and glad you’re feeling better! Love that dress, too!

  • Reply Tyra March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I’m interested to see if you get much advice about room sharing. We plan on moving my daughter (2 months) in with my son (almost 3) once she’s sleeping reasonably well at night. And hopefully they will share until my son is prepubescent? We will need to renovate our house once they want their own rooms, so we would prefer to delay it!

    If you like Liane Moriarty you might also like Julie Houston – she’s a much lighter read but similar genre.

  • Reply Danielle March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    When my mom had her third I was four. The middle sister was moved into my room (she was only 13 months). I have memories of us playing peekaboo and I taught her to play catch with me by tossing stuffed animals into her crib and she’d toss them back towards my bed. We’re still super close (I’m 33 now) and it was the first time we really got to interact alone.

    Now, there’s a good chance that what my mom remembers is trying to get us to sleep, trying to get me to leave my sis alone, and trying to teach me what things should never be in a one year olds crib, lol. But, I have fond memories!

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I bet C and A will do great room sharing. If not at first, I’m sure the novelty will wear off over time and it will become their new normal, thus making bedtime and to sleep time quicker and easier.

    So glad you are feeling better!

  • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Currently 32 weeks with my second twin pregnancy (long story) and I have 4 of those Seraphine dresses. I love love them and you can wear them to the end of your pregnancy (when some dresses start to get inappropriately short with a massive twin belly). Love your blog-congrats on #3!

  • Reply Nicole March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    We went through the coughing/wheezing thing with my daughter for the first 2 years of her life, and occasionally now in the third year. I know how frustrating it is. Her trigger is colds and weather changes. It wasn’t allergies as we got her tested. I would definitely see a pulmonologist, it was a godsend for us. Prior to seeing him she was constantly having to be put on oral steroids (scary!), and would it would take weeks and weeks of inhaled steriods/albuterol to get her under control. Ultimately the pulmonologist put her on a daily dose of singular from fall-spring with a break in the summer. It drastically reduced the wheezing and coughing. Now we maybe use the inhaler once every few months instead of multiple times daily.

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