COVID19 Fitness Parenting

Day 8: Spring Break Begins (or not)

March 23, 2020

Spring break was supposed to start today! This is a little sad, but also good because it means that I have no patients scheduled for the week (I was supposed to be off) and neither does Josh. It gives us time to continue adjusting to this new temporary normal, and to do it as a family.

Our nanny is off today and Friday, but will be here Tues – Thurs as I have to spend time preparing for the tele transition and working on contingency plans for my residents. Both of us are also ready to relieve coworkers if they become sick.

Today’s priorities:

  • help host resident morning report digitally (with virtual “Whiteboard” mode – first time trying that, hopefully it works!)
  • clear desk & prep packages for return (2)
  • obtain groceries (either order or — more likely — brave the store, since I want to plan meals based on what is actually available)
  • pod record — Laura and I are going to try to re-record an intro, and then a 2nd COVID-19 bonus ep

Interesting link: The Coronavirus is a Disaster for Feminism – this was sent to me by reader Stephanie. I had a lovely zoom chat with my best college friends, and one of them noted that all the sudden, there is a significant divide between her coworkers without kids (they are super efficient, because all of life’s distractions are gone!) and those with kids (they are living with constant distractions now!).

I feel very lucky that Josh automatically took on his share of parenting duties. But I shouldn’t feel lucky – that should be normal and expected.

(I still feel lucky, though. And grateful. It is what it is.)

Workout log – 1 week down!

She is the happiest child post-nap that I’ve ever had.


  • Reply Amanda K March 23, 2020 at 7:11 am

    I’m doing 21 day fix along with you. TBC is done and checking your blog is my treat as soon as I finish. Thanks Sarah!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 23, 2020 at 7:35 am

      Yay! Josh did it with me this AM!! So glad to be done 🙂

  • Reply Tyra March 23, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    While this is all awful going through this right now, I suspect it’s going to act as a bit of a tipping point of work/life balance and job flexibility. The bosses who have pushed back on working from home will (hopefully) see that it is possible, but even things like allowing people to shift their hours forwards/back more so that less people are in an office at once or on public transport at the same time might be a possible outcome.

    But obviously we are a long way off seeing any positive impacts. Schools are still open here, places like pubs/gyms etc are shut. Shopping centres are still open but I don’t see how buying a new dress is ‘essential’ right now.

    I chose not to go to work last week and I’m not scheduled on again until next week, there is a lot of debate right now about optometry – whether we are essential, but also the risks of seeing patients right now when we can’t access PPE and we spend 30 minutes close to our patients!!

    If we stay open I will probably choose not to work, it’s one less person for my boss to pay. And I don’t want to get sick and impact my husband’s ability to go to work because he’s pretty essential right now…

  • Reply Lana March 24, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Such a cute picture of Genevieve in the crib! My daughter is about 6 months older and not always happy post-nap, but wears a similar expression when she is. We were going to transition her to a toddler bed next month, but now we are staying with my in-laws due to preschool closure and my husband and I trying to LWFH. She’ll be in a pack ‘n play as long as she can handle it!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      Neither of my bigger kids woke up so nicely consistently. Especially if we woke them up – both A and C sometimes went insane (and not in a good way!). Hoping that G keeps this part of her disposition!!’

  • Reply Lori C March 29, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Ok, takeout and stress eating has me on the wrong track, so I’m jumping in and joining you on 21df! Tomorrow will be my Day 1…!

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