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September 2, 2021

New Month Report

Yesterday was good. I even met my self-imposed screen time limits for the first time in forever! New month energy always helps! And my headache was gone. Thank you to those who shared what worked for them — I definitely will discuss trying magnesium and other preventative measures.

(But I also kind of am hoping for a triptan prescription because I need to feel like I can do something to stop it once it starts.)

((Also I need someone official to tell me I don’t need a brain MRI, which I know I don’t need, but need to actually hear that.))

Dealing with medical issues can be loaded when you are in the medical field, I have to say. I actually went incognito to A’s last well child check and it was highly refreshing to be treated as ‘normal’ (AND not having to make small talk about my job — this can be very annoying when I would like the visit to be focused on actual medical care).

Anyway, I like my PCP but I’ve never really come to him with any real ‘issues’ so hopefully this will go well.

Shopping Streak

I have been doing so much online shopping recently! I decided my workout gear was looking a little worse for wear and placed a Vuori order because their Insta ads finally got me (and I bought Josh some of their gear for Father’s Day and thought the quality/styling was really nice).

I have also bought, in the last few days:

A sticker kit from Rongrong Devoe (100% Planners & Wine-inspired)

Another Jetpens order (um . . getting ready for my next Hobonichi?)

This book (Restart: Designing a Healthy Post-Pandemic Life by Doreen Dodgen-Magee), because I just liked the concept (preorder)

However, once I place my Hobonichi order my allowance fund is going to be nearly empty so I will have to close the floodgates until at least October.

This shopping is totally me trying to make up for my lackluster mood (and honestly, lack of things I have been looking forward to).

Thankfully I have not gone beyond the bounds of my allowance so . . . I guess, thank goodness for budgets!!!

I will let you all know if this is good

Bedtime Report

I had written a while back about Kid Bedtime and I feel like I need to circle back on this topic.

Guess what: it is much better!

The #1 reason: G NO LONGER NAPS. And thus, she goes to bed by 8:30 without a prolonged battle.

Honestly, I think sometimes you just can’t fight physiology.

Current routine:

7:45 or 8:00 (depending on how night is going): head upstairs to brush teeth, etc

8:10 read to G while C and A read their own books. If Josh is home sometimes he will read with the big kids.

~8:30 books are done, lie on floor of G/C’s room for 5 minutes, then A’s room. They do not necessarily fall asleep during this time but often they do

8:45 start my own bedtime routine

Anyway, I am supremely happy not to have G prancing out of her room at 9:45 pm.

From PE this week. YES get all the energy out then!


  • Reply Irene September 2, 2021 at 7:17 am

    I just did a little retail therapy too! New purse/bag and a dress I probably won’t wear for a while because I don’t go anywhere that leggings are not appropriate. I actually have not been been buying a lot of clothes for that reason.

    I think you should push for an abortive (if you continue to want to!) in addition to whatever supplements you want to try. Triptans completely changed my life – even 2 headaches a month can be really problematic when they last 48 hours each! Now I think even a PCP understands that but no harm in going to a neurologist if you have access.

  • Reply gwinne September 2, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Yay for no naps! That was such a rough transition with both my kids. And then LG slept a solid 12 hrs at night and Tiny Boy 10.5 or 11. So. Much. Better.

    I’ve used triptans on and off for about 15 years for migraines. They really do work. But I find that I feel off (and stupid) for the rest of the day and sometimes the next (kinda hung over?) to the point that I don’t always like taking them. Have not tried those new abortive meds yet. Magnesium rocks. I take 250-500 mg at night to help sleep and it definitely lessened frequency of headaches as well.

    Feel better!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 2, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Any specific type of magnesium? I am going to try this as well.
      My PCP actually bypassed triptans and went straight to the newer drug. Let’s hope my insurance actually covers it (kind of doubting it!).

      My migraines seem to also make me feel stupid (like almost . . migraine hangover? and no, no alcohol involved in my life almost every lately so not a real hangover!)

      • Reply omdg September 2, 2021 at 10:10 am

        I have the same experience when I get a migraine. I mean, if I don’t take an abortive medication, I develop a left field cut and can’t see (and I feel off for the rest of the day), If I DO take an abortive medication, I don’t lose my vision, but I still feel off (i.e. stupid) for the rest of the day. Fortunately 600 mg ibuprofen seems to work for these headaches. When I get just a general tension headache, I try to take my glasses and scrub cap off, and ideally do something relaxing in a dark room while semi-recumbent, and then reset by going to bed early.

        • Reply Irene September 2, 2021 at 10:26 am

          That’s interesting your PCP bypassed the triptans. I have prescriptions for both triptans and the newer abortives and my experience (which I hear is common) is basically no side effects at all with the new one. I take ublevy but I think there is another similar one. For me they don’t work as quickly as the triptans and I do need both medicine classes for very bad headaches but I don’t think that is true for everyone. I tolerate relpax pretty well but some other triptans made me tired as others have reported. I hope you find something that works well.

          • Sarah Hart-Unger September 2, 2021 at 10:54 am

            Yes, I was surprised – he seemed to think they had fewer side effects than triptans. Good to know that for you sometimes you need a triptan. Will keep that in mind if this doesn’t fully work next time.

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 2, 2021 at 10:53 am

          I wish mine went away by the next day! Instead after taking NSAIDS (I also do 600mg) it will get a little better but then be back with a vengeance and wake me up from sleep (so obviously I assume it’s a brain tumor).

          I was given a sample of the Ubrelvy so even if my insurance doesn’t cover it at least I can test it out and see if it works next time. (or maybe having seen a physician I’ll never have a headache again? Sadly I doubt it.)

          • Ana September 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm

            Even if insurance doesn’t cover it—if works well, may be worth getting a few each month (I have no idea how much this costs….if its like $300 a pill, then ignore!). I would imagine you would need to try the triptan, & then get the newer med PA done saying you had side effects. (i know this game sooo well).

          • Sarah Hart-Unger September 2, 2021 at 1:23 pm

            haha you know I know it to! Yeah, agree. Having the samples helps b/c i’ll know if it’s worth springing for!

          • omdg September 3, 2021 at 2:43 pm

            UGH! That sounds horrible! (And I also would be worried about a brain tumor — or aneurysm since my mom had that lovely issue.) I do hope you’re able to get this sorted out. Head pain is the worst! Agree with Ana’s suggestion, and hope it works for you!

    • Reply Perfectly Cromulent Name September 2, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Yesssss! Imitrex changed my life. I used to get migraines that would last several days. I still get them, but I can usually get rid of it in a day with the meds. Preventives are all well and good, but having a good abortive in your toolbox can be lifechanging when one rolls in.

  • Reply Sue September 2, 2021 at 7:57 am

    I always love your shopping and clothes related posts as we are both very petite. I would love to know what you ordered from Vuori!

    • Reply KGC September 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

      I second this statement – I love to see the shopping and clothes stuff and hope SHU will be willing to share the haul with readers! I follow a small number of fashion bloggers for fun, but it is very clear that their lives are different than mine and consequently, much of what they wear isn’t practical for me. But I like clothes and always find it fun when people who don’t make their money fashion blogging show what they wear!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 2, 2021 at 11:12 am

      The joggers are a win! Not a fashion victory BUT more for comfort.
      Their leggings were all WAY too long and I’m returning – I think they were marketed cropped length too but I couldn’t even wear them as full length leggings!

      I think I will just go back and get more Lululemon Align for my workouts, they are the best. SO comfortable and reasonably flattering, I only have one pair but I love them.

      • Reply Ana September 2, 2021 at 11:59 am

        Good to know re: the leggings. I don’t need more joggers but was looking at the Vuori leggings and was worried they would be too long. I end up usually getting them from Athleta because they have petite sizing.

      • Reply KGC September 2, 2021 at 12:37 pm

        This is excellent intel, since I am tall – so maybe the cropped length will actually look cropped on me rather than awkwardly too short! #tallpeopleprobs

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 2, 2021 at 1:23 pm

          actually, that’s probably true! I know Kate Spencer from Forever35 loves Vuori and I think she’s 6′!

  • Reply Chelsea September 2, 2021 at 8:05 am

    I bought the Vuori joggers last winter, and they are incredibly comfortable. I love to wear them after my long runs – even during the summer – because they are so soft.

    • Reply omdg September 3, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      I have been wearing my Vuori joggers every day I worked from home this summer. They are so soft and comfy! I now need a set that’s a bit thicker because cold weather is a-coming!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 2, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Our 3.5yo still naps, although not consistently on the weekend and goes to bed around 7:30. He must be the outlier and just need more sleep!! I am glad she can stop taking naps and that it’s improved bedtime signficantly!

    My online shopping for the week was buying R+CO shampoo and conditioner. I’m almost out of my Aveda stuff and wanted to switch to something “cleaner” which has been a focus for me over the last couple of years. I’ve heard good things about R+CO so hopefully I like it! I think this is the 2nd mention of Vuori I’ve seen this week so I might need to get some for myself at some point! I also need to update my workout clothes but am holding off until I’m out of this weird post-partum stage of life. 3 more months and I will work on weaning Will and then hopefully I’ll migrate back to my typical size/weight. I do NOT like my nursing chest. I’m very small-chested typically so hate how bulky I feel while breastfeeding!!

  • Reply Amy September 2, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Vuori joggers are my absolute favorite lounge pants for cooler weather!
    I have a few colleagues who love Migrelief for prevention. It has B2, mag, and feverfew.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 2, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      Aaaaand just ordered 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Reply A. September 3, 2021 at 7:31 am

    I don’t have migraines (thank god) but I noticed people around me who have them are very stressed persons; like migraines could be somatic or something? With a predisposition, of course, that leads to migraines. But with climatic emergency, covid, natural disasters and days that are filled to the max, I can see why stress can get the best of our bodies and minds…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 3, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      I am sure stress plays a role, especially because mine always seem to start mid-day Monday!

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