fast times

July 10, 2018

Lately I keep flipping open my planner and thinking it is approximately 2 weeks earlier than it actually is.  The summer is nearly half over, and I suspect the rest will FLY – we have just a few more weeks until our trip, and then when we get back there will be just ONE week until A starts 1st grade (C starts pre-K week later, which seems improbable because he was a baby, like, yesterday).

I can’t tell if this is a good or a bad thing.  
I have been tracking my time lately in an informal way, just using my Hobonichi Avec (it’s so tiny and compact I’ve actually just been sticking it in the pocket of my EC Planner).  The main conclusions I have come to are:
– I will have soooo much more time to work uninterrupted once I’m not pumping, so that is something to look forward to!  It’s very stressful trying to cram my patient care responsibilities + residency tasks into 3 2-2.5 hour windows.  I am pretty efficient, but it’s just not enough time.  
– I am terrible at using my evening hours well (it’s a scroll-fest).  While I know there is nothing inherently wrong in that, I just would so much rather use that 30 minutes or so for something else.  Good TV, reading, whatever.  I do sometimes use it to text a friend which I do like.  Maybe I’ll just do more of that.
Other updates:
– My parents are visiting!  Should be a fun 6 days, though sometimes I find that the (big) kids act out a bit more when there are visitors.  Working on it.  (Also, I’m reading this parenting book right now for the parenting book club which is kind of like a sledgehammer to my heart but also pretty interesting). 
– I am still kind of 21 Day Fix obsessed BUT I think I am going to start mixing in running.  I just miss it too much!  Maybe 3 days Fix / 2-3 days running per week?  I am also thinking about another half marathon in 2019.
– We are recording 3 podcast episodes tomorrow – all interesting interviews, including a special needs parent and the guest I mentioned I was starstruck about!  We are about to hit our one year anniversary (in Aug) and are up to 288K total downloads as of this moment!  We will be working on a survey to get some feedback from listeners.  Stay tuned for that . . .
– G is eating actual food.  And almost crawling.  Definitely still not sleeping through the night but perhaps making slow progress . . .
Weekend flashbacks:
So it’s actually cooler here than many other areas of the country.
(The record highs are making me so incredibly depressed, though it’s not like they should be a surprise.)


adventures in eating


  • Reply Mary Beth Patnaude March 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    We were MELTING in Maine last week with highs in the 90s…our bodies are just not used to it! We will gladly give them back to you in Miamai (LOL)! Love your podcast!

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

    So many congrats on the success of the podcast! Importing that you dreamed it up and made it happen!👍🏻🙌

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

    Do LIIFT4 with me! Only four days a week so plenty of time to run in addition 🙂

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      I did actually think about it although I’m so into the 21 Day workouts that I do want to increase my weight on those! HOw many minutes per workout?

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

    Wow, the podcase is really taking off! I can’t wait to see who the famous guest is!
    Yes, this summer is FLYING by! I can’t believe its nearly mid-July and I don’t see it slowing down until the end. And yes, it is way way hotter over here these days. Funny your parents came down to MIA to escape the heat 🙂

  • Reply An. March 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    288K, my god. Do you get these kind of numbers with the blog? Or podcasts are a thing? Sorry, I am so behind the podcast wagon and don’t know a thing.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      I think 288K is not huge believe it or not in the podcast world – but it’s decent and growing. This blog is definitely not huge – about 50K pageviews/month.

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

    Guessing Gretchen R

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      nope, she was already a guest! Episode 21 🙂

      • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

        Wait, what? Did I miss this? I truly don’t remember this episode!

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

    Her arm rolls are the cutest! Such a happy baby!

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

    Long time blog reader, new podcast listener – I just listened to the newest podcast today and you were talking about arranging childcare while on vacation. How do your kids do with a new-to-them sitter? Or how did they do as babies/toddlers? I have a 14 month old son and he has some hard core separation anxiety when he’s with a stranger! No way could I leave him with a sitter to go to bed- he’s fine with dad and grandparents, but no one else unless he gets to know them. I just returned to work about 6 weeks ago (I’m in Canada and had a one year maternity leave) and the transition to the nanny has been rough (refusing naps, lots of crying, crankiness). I imagine part of this is because he’s been with me day and night for a year (difference of a one year mat leave … he hasn’t had much exposure to other caregivers!). But I can’t imagine just phoning up a sitter at this age and leaving him with them – he would lose his mind. Curious of your thoughts!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      That IS a hard age. I’ve said a bunch of times that I find 12-20 months the absolute toughest. So, you may be right that at 14 months it would be a disaster. Mine are at an age where if the person is enthusiastic and maybe shows up with a toy to play with (or if they get to watch a movie) they don’t mind at all! And G is too young to care. So this didn’t cross my mind in this case. I have memories of attempting to leave A at gym childcare at age 2.5 — it didn’t work. I just came and got her and actually never tried it again (oh well).

      So, all that said, it depends on the kid’s temperament and the age of the kid. I think if I had a child that age we’d be bringing our nanny (b/c since C&G literally have been with her since birth, and A 16 months, there is no stranger anxiety there!). Or we wouldn’t go 🙂

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

    I keep thinking about how much time I’m going to have when I quit pumping. 40 minutes (world’s slowest pumper) 3 times a day is a productivity killer. I can respond to email on my phone but that’s basically it. We’re going on a trip just before baby’s first birthday and I’m going to scale down from there, with the goal of being am/pm breastfeeding only by the end of September.

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