June 12, 2018

I divided 2018 into Quintiles, which felt slightly ridiculous (and fussy) at the time.  But it’s working for me.

Most importantly, Q2 is over!  Q2 was my Fifth Trimester — those 3 months back at work after maternity leave.  And it really was rough.  I am wondering if sometimes I am coming off as disingenuous on this blog because lately my pattern has been:

– happy post
– happy post
– utter despair
– happy post

However, I will assure you that my feelings are real on any given morning that I can throw a post up here.  I will say that perhaps moods are weighted toward the extreme because I am more likely to post when feeling together OR terrible, so that may skew things a little.

But really, I think life with a new baby (or maybe just life in general?!) is a bit of a roller coaster.

Anyway!  I haven’t been consistent with reporting my intentions or progress, but there is a podcast episode coming out later this month that delves into specifics.  Essentially though, Q2 was survival mode and not necessarily a lot of fun, even if many cute baby pix and memories were generated.  I did read a few books that I will post another day, though not anywhere close to what I plowed through in Q1 (January / February).  I got through the bare essentials of my job, though always felt behind.  I remained relatively active most weeks, but hadn’t settled on a consistent routine until the end.  There was a lot of getting through, with a haze from sleep deprivation and (sadly) pumping-related stress.

Q3 though?  Q3 I am excited about!  As noted yesterday, those stressful issues have started to dissipate and I am feeling more like a functioning human again.  I can get at least 7 hours of sleep most nights by getting to bed early, and feel more motivated to put “extras” on the calendar.  It’s SUMMER, which means no homework for A and long full days of camp for both big kids.  And we have our big trip, which is not going to be relaxing but hey — I can guarantee memories will be made, one way or the other.

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SO – here goes nothing!  Highlights of the above include:
– FLOSS.  
– Consistent workouts (Beachbody / running) + decent eating habits 
– GOING TO BED early most nights (key to survival still)
– Time tracking (attempting!) 
– Finish planning + execute excellent family vacay (Whistler / Seattle / Portland)
– Host a pool play date (already on calendar) – probably more than one
– Go to Flamingo Park pool 
– Get new sandals + t-shirts (need to do ASAP, mine are disasters and all stretched out at the necks from pulling down to nurse, agh!)
– Keep reading every day 

– Make dentist / eye / GP appts for fall
– Resume journaling (I really missed this post-G!)
– Embrace changes at work as our residency starts!  I’ve been excited about this for so long but became quite stress at the work increased (but my allotted time to deal with it didn’t).  I have more time beginning July 1 and have so many exciting plans for our trainees.  I am ready to embrace the changes that will be happening to my work life, and will figure out how to make it work.  (I do think time tracking will be helpful here!)

Okay.  Workout time.  (This is what my setup looks like, in case anyone was curious!)

emojis optional

first day of camp!
trying to sit up out of her seat!


  • Reply Alyssa March 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    If you’re stopping in Vancouver (or you need ideas for Whistler/Squamish area) feel free to send an email!!

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

    Can’t believe the year is nearly halfway over. My goal for the summer is to clear the decks of old stuff (finish off a chapter, write a book proposal from my PhD) and lay the groundwork for two new projects. Lifewise- it is getting the house painted and organized and getting kiddo settled in at nursery. Broadly hoping by October/November or so, life is somewhat more routine.

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