kid-free time + new week + PHOTOBOOK victory

November 6, 2017

3 call days down, 4 to go!  (And 8 total call days left until due date.  This is the one thing I cannot help but want to count down!!)

Weekend report:
Beginning in 2016, Josh and I decided to take call together and therefore arranged for childcare for A&C.  Lately, it’s been our nanny taking the kids Friday night until Sunday afternoon.  She does this at her house (which she prefers).  This was a bittersweet weekend, as it’s the last time for the foreseeable future that we’ll do things this way!

Once the baby comes, Josh and I are planning on un-syncing our call (doable because he doesn’t have call quite as frequently, and hopefully neither will I — our program is expanding a bit so hopefully there will be more bodies to share the burden!).  SO – one of us will always be available to handle the 3, and our quiet work-focused weekends together will become a thing of the past.  I’m okay with this though, as there were downsides – a lot of driving (for me, since our nanny lives much closer to where I work) and often hectic Sunday afternoons after pickup when both kids were clearly tired, Josh wasn’t done with work, and my phone started ringing with work calls . . .

Anyway.  So this worked well for this year but I am at peace with things changing yet again.

Saturday Annabel had ballet, so she stayed at home with me while our nanny took C on Friday night (he was excited to go — her house is like a vacation for them — more screen time, treats, and general indulgence!  But it’s not that frequent so I was fine with it).   We did movie night on Friday (she watched . . . I did the monthly YNAB budget).  Saturday morning A and I completed her school project (Family Culture Shield – complete with required presentation!) which took some time, and then I brought her to class.  We had a traditional post-ballet lunch at A’s favorite (Panera . . .) and then I brought her to our nanny.

Work was actually quite busy that afternoon (multiple new consults, ER action, etc) but I was done by 6.  Mentally and physically.

Yesterday I slept in for what seemed like forever, despite the time change — it was 7 on the clock when I woke up which was really 8!  I know that I’m extremely lucky to have missed the first morning post-time-change with early-rising children 🙂  (But I’m sure they’ll make up for it this week!).

And then . . . I sat on my butt essentially THE ENTIRE DAY and did the following:

1) Prepped presentation for upcoming event (this took 6-7 hours – but I’m done with everything except for references and graphics, and learned quite a bit along the way!!!)

2) The 2016 photobook!!!! (took about 3-4 hours, completed on Shutterfly, and on its way to me!!).  C wasn’t even TWO when the book began (Jan 2016) and now he’s close to 4.  This seems unreal to me.  Also, it was fun to see how much we actually did that year — a lot!  (More than in 2017, actually!).

3) 2018 Planning Summit with Josh.  Important!  And now I’m really looking forward to next year.  So much excitement coming up . . .

I ended up NOT having to go to the hospital to round on Sunday (unusual and also very lucky because I was very stressed about the presentation), and our nanny proposed she just bring the kids this morning . . . so I wound up with an entire ~40 hours of kid-free time.  I did feel guilty until I realized that a) it’s been the first time in over 2 months that Josh and I have had call together; b) we took 0 trips away from the kids this year (!); c) I really, really needed some time to catch up with life/work and get #$*&@# done.  And I did.

I’m running less frequently but still doing it.  We’ll see if I can keep this up until #3 arrives . . .

Pregnancy week 35

M – rest

T – ran outside – 1 mi @ 11:19, 0.25 mi walk, 1 mi @ 11:45, 0.25 mi walk, 0.5 mi @ 11:43.  Total distance 3 mi; total time 37:12

W – rest

R – ran on treadmill – 8 min run @ 5 mph / 2 min walk x 3.  2.58 mi total / 30 min

F – rest

S – ran on treadmill – decided to try a continuous run just to see.  2 mi @ 5 mph + 4 min walking – and it actually felt decent!

S – did nothing except sit for so long in front of my computer that I got horrendous leg + foot swelling.  OMG!

Some positive things:
– Finished Crossing to Safety.  Now reading Why Time Flies.  Interesting.  I however am starting to see a pattern where I have non-fiction picks in my to-be-read list because they look interesting, but end up preferring novels.

– Watched the creepiest ever episode of Black Mirror – still freaking me out for whatever reason

– Ate @ Burger-Fi.  Hit the spot.

– OMG Shalene Flanagan!!!  So inspiring and amazing.

Coming up:
4 more days of call
Play date
Date night
Miami book fair!
Lovely fall-ish weather
2018 planner prep!  (um . . .yay!)
0 days off this week but TWO next week!


  • Reply Laura Vanderkam March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I love the idea of a summit with one’s spouse – figuring out plans for the next year. All we managed to get this weekend was about 20 minutes to discuss logistics of the next two weeks…Oh well!

  • Reply omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I also like the idea of summit with one’s spouse. Can I ask how that goes for you? If it were done in my household, I can 100% guarantee that I would have to think of all the issues that needed to be discussed, figure out how to resolve all said issues, and would be met with resistance from my husband from every angle unless I just did everything myself. How does it work for you?

  • Reply SusannahEarlyBd March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Curious about your photobook process–do you add in text/narrative of the events or just photos? And do you just get one family copy, or copies for each child? So excited for you!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      we just get one – but I am comforted by the fact that i don’t think shutterfly is going anywhere (worst case guessing it would get bought out) so we can always order more later!!!

      i add minimal text. like a few words. i’ll share some examples soon!

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Yes, would love details of how your summit with Josh works!

  • Reply Jill March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    very jealous of a kids free weekend!! mom of two here (both under the age of 4) – and weekends are so exhausting. curious how you work things with the nanny overnight. do you pay hourly or some type of set overnight rate. our family has not offered/nor are they able to handle the kids overnight and my husband and i are desperate for a night of alone time (and a morning to sleep in). curious if you have any advice about how to make this work

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Our nanny prefers to take them for a weekend rather than come both full days, so it’s partly her choice, not ours! I don’t want to get too specific on rates etc but as it adds up we essentially pay for all the hours the kids are awake.

  • Reply Erica March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Your weekend sounds great! We send G to my dad”s house for the weekend about quarterly. I can”t wait til B is old enough to go too but even being down to one kid occasionally will be amazing. You guys are so lucky with your nanny.

    Great job on the 2016 photobook. I made myself make ours before B was born and I had a similar realization that G was 3 in the first pictures and 5 in real life! My goal for Christmas break staycation is to make our 2017 one.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      I am hoping to get 2017 done on maternity leave!!!

  • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Sarah, I am so impressed with your continuing level of physical activity in pregnancy (and congrats on #3 – my dream for our family but a lot of what-ifs before that happens for us!). I am interested in your running until the end of pregnancy. In my single pregnancy I ran 15 k (slow!) in a race setting at 32 weeks and a few, very short runs after that, but could not handle running past about 35 weeks (and delivered at 37). My pelvic floor physio was aghast that I ran as long as I did (both distance and into pregnancy) – her advice is only to run in the first tri (regardless of fitness level going into pregnancy – I had run 6 marathons in the previous 3 years). She also doesn”t clear patients for running until 6 months PP. Have you received any medical/physiological pushback on running this far in pregnancy?

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