1- SLEEP. So, as I mentioned, we have continued to struggle with G’s sleep. I loved the suggestion of a sleep consultant but haven’t gone there because Josh has not wanted to (yet, anyway). And he DOES take over a large portion of middle-of-the-night duties, so it’s hard to argue.
That said — we had a few bad nights this past week, and on both Tuesday and Thursday she was so tired at school that they noted she was falling asleep at lunch (at 11 am). So we starting thinking about other solutions (including something to temporarily hold her door closed, though neither of us really want to do that).
BUT yesterday I thought – hey, maybe she’d want to sleep with A&C. I framed it as a sleepover and read books to them all at once. I also told her that if she leaves the room even once then the sleepover is over. (I made her repeat this concept several times.) We set up her crib/toddler bed mattress on the floor next to the big kids’ bunk beds.
AND — amazingly enough — IT ACTUALLY WORKED! NOT sure if this was just a fluke, so I’m not claiming victory yet. But hey — it was one good night after a slew of bad ones. She’s still in bed now and no parental intervention was needed to help her stay there overnight.
Here’s to hoping that tonight is a repeat.
2- First patron sub! I am now a proud supporter of Planners and Wine 🙂 I think this is the first time I’ve ever joined a Patreon group, but I wanted their extra bonus episodes and just felt like supporting their venture. It’s such a fun and honest podcast (and the hosts have planner love that is infectious).
3- I have every reason to believe that the next 2 weeks are going to be very, very hectic. Aghigh! All the more reason I want to get G to sleep. There are 2 double residency interview days, 5 packed patient days, 16 mid-year feedback meetings (these are super important!), several important work meetings, 2 coaching classes and MORE between Monday and winter break (which for me is 12/23 – 1/3). I also want to get ahead with BLP although honestly all of this might mean I need to take my own ‘rest’ advice and take a mini-hiatus for a week or two!
I am going to have to really lean in to time blocking and possibly add in some slightly longer work days to get everything done.
4- CONSUMERISM. %#$(&, I feel myself getting sucked in by all of the buying for the holidays. There’s also something about breaking the consumerism seal — you resist for so long and then once you splurge on something (ahem AirPod Pros) you just want everything.
(Just me? Guessing not, but who knows.)
I do find it helps to have a “Things I Want” list in Apple notes. Sort of scratches the itch to just put things on the list. Sort of.
5- Other lists. SPEAKING OF LISTS, I haven’t really started to dive into the notes pages in my Wonderland222 yet, but I want to set things up for the new year! Things I like to track in there:
purchase ideas / wish list (ie, #4)
kid outing ideas
maybe list of possible people to invite for outdoor meetups w/ kids
gift ideas for others
reading ideas (though I now find the blog is a great venue for tracking both reading plans & books finished!)
maybe another 100 dreams list (whatever happened to my old ones? hmm.)
RVU productivity (not great this year – hopefully better in 2021)
more I am sure! Anyone have great ideas of things to track/collect yearly?
Josh is on call – but is going to take C to soccer. The rest of the day is fairly up for grabs but definitely plan to spend some of it outside.
C in his new glasses! He is thrilled to be able to see more now. How many days until they break? (I got the warranty!)