last call weekend in 2017 – MADE IT. and happy thanksgiving.

November 27, 2017
I’m writing this on borrowed time, because C fell asleep at 5:30 pm last night (!) while watching an episode of Wild Kratts and it is currently 6:01 am.  Apparently the past 4 days were successful in tiring both kids out.
They definitely had a similar effect on me . . . but I wanted to pop in with a little celebratory decree that I am done with all on-call duties until March!  I am not sure why my schedule ended up so call-heavy this fall, but it was.  I was on every 3rd week (and weekend) for the past 12 – at 29 wks, 32 wks, 35 wks, and 38 wks pregnant.
I am just so. freaking. happy not to be in the hot seat looking like this anymore:
over it
This picture is a lie, because I am smiling.  In reality I was quite surly for most of the weekend.  There was just such a wide gap between what I felt like doing (NESTING, RESTING, HANGING WITH FAMILY) and what I was doing (rounding, answering calls, etc).  I was feeling extra emotional and needy . . . I’m sure it’s hormonal.  
Josh basically took on all of the childcare duties and I did what I could between work and needing to rest.  I am not done with work (at all) yet — my last day is slated for 12/7, 2 days before I am due.  However, there is a big difference between my everyday outpatient routine and having unpredictable call responsibilities.  I am just so happy to be done with the latter!  YAYYYYY!
The kids had fun with family at our typical Miami Beach Thanksgiving festivities – lots of family time, swimming (yep, it’s definitely still outdoor swimming weather here), and outdoor play.  Josh took the kids to 2 different museum (sans me, while I rounded) and yesterday I was able to come as we attempted to ditch A’s training wheels at the park (not quite ready yet, but making progress).
C’s class Thanksgiving – A was out of school and got to come!

out to brunch yesterday – the one day I didn’t have to round in the hospital!

What else is up?
* I just finished a novel (I’m Glad About You) and liked it as light reading.  I read it on my phone as I’m waiting for my library titles (and okay, some online physical book orders) to come in!  I have to admit it was pretty comfortable to have a lit screen in bed.  I am thinking of making a 180 from my stance on digital books (I usually prefer paper) and buying a Kindle paperwhite.  Thoughts?
* Josh and I watched the first episode of This is Us last night.  Now I get why everyone loves it.  Already hooked.
* I may have completed my last run — done at 37 weeks, 4 days:

I’m feeling sort of generally tired & ready to just rest/walk until baby comes.  We’ll see what happens!
* I’m excited that it is full on END-OF-YEAR-REFLECTION season!  If I get enough time before baby comes, I’m going to try to features some interesting planner options that I wish I could try (seriously, I wish I could try them all!).  I will be customizing my golden coil planner today (thinking of using it as a work planner/notebook, or some kind of backup!? not sure).  But still primarily planning to use the Hobonichi.
* I am working on a 2017 playlist and want to finish the family calendar (a gift I give each year to my in-laws on Josh’s side).  I want to order New Years cards too BUT also want baby to be in the pic, so . . . I guess we’ll just hold off on that one!
* And I still need to pack a hospital bag.  I guess.  
Happy Monday!  I’m probably the only one thrilled the past 4 days are over, but . . . there you have it.  On to normal non-call life and 12 days until my due date 🙂  Yay.


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

    Congrats on being done with call! That must be such a relief. 🙂

    I have a Kindle Paperwhite and love it! It’s not overly bright, but is perfect for when you want to read in bed without having a bright light on overhead. It’s also really light. I like it a lot. 🙂

    If you enjoy historical fiction at all, I just read "The Alice Network." It’s about a female spy network during WWI and then alternates chapters with a college-aged woman during WWII. It was really compelling and the author used many historical figures and facts when she wrote it.

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

    I like the flexibility of the Kindle a lot – I read more when I use it! I read on my phone while pumping, and at night in bed. I just have an old school Kindle, but I use either my phone or the iPad when I am in the dark. I borrowed my friend’s Paperwhite and I really liked it.

    I’m working on our family calendar as well, it’s our gift to the grandparents. I want to make it tonight because there is a good coupon at Shutterfly now (It’s ridiculous how cheap they can be … but we have to order 6 calendars so it’s worth trying to get the codes).

    I can’t believe baby girl is almost here!!

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

    Oh and This is Us is one of the few shows we watch, too. Season 2 is also quite good so far!

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

    Buy the paper white! I get so much reading done when I”m doing night feeds. I was flipping through twitter on my phone for the first few weeks but reading on the kindle is so much better.

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

    I think you”re pretty amazing to have done a week of call at 38 weeks! Hopefully the next few weeks are nice and easy 🙂

    I have a normal kindle but I love it so very much. Especially for reading textbooks, which I know isn”t something you”ll be using it for, but it”s nice to curl up with it on the couch and be able to count that as studying. I bought a case for mine that has an inbuilt light which works great for reading in bed/in the dark. Also as much as I love paper books it”s so handy when travelling.

    This is off topic but I just wanted to say a big thank you also for having answered a number of my career questions/how do I make my bosses like me. I”m at our annual paeds endo conference at the moment and the head of department outright told me he wants me as their fellow once I”ve passed my exams! So thank you so so much for all the advice!

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

    It was actually the email you sent/podcast about resilience and also how to impress my bosses. I”m a paediatric trainee in Australia so we do exams at the end of general paeds and before subspecialty training but I still feel like a med student most of the time 🙂

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

      oh yes Elaine of course – I knew you were a resident! I will claim pregnancy brain 🙂 I am glad what I said helped <3 <3 and I’m still very excited you’re going into peds ENDO!!!!

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

    One more voice urging you to buy the Paperwhite. I’ve been using a regular Kindle for ~5 years and got myself a Paperwhite this summer and I am loving it! Its like a paper book, but with built in super convenient light when needed, oh, and you get 5000 books for the weight of one.

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

    You”ll love the kindle – absolute godsend when breastfeeding if you”re planning to as can read one-handed unlike with a book! Easier then kindle app on Phone too as better designed. I always wondered why they didn”t advertise specifically to mums of infants, read so much on those night feeds.

    Also – I”m so impressed you”re keeping going workwise so late in pregnancy! I was totally done at 35 weeks with number 2 (EM consultant in the uk – fairly physical job I guess but still – you rock!)

  • Reply rina March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I am also happy

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