My baby is 6 weeks old today. He's growing quickly, and starting to smile and coo. We are getting into something closer to a routine. Not a total routine yet, but something. There's often a long nap in the morning when the house is quiet (shockingly, older siblings are not great at maintaining a library-like atmosphere). There are shorter naps in the afternoon and evening. He's sticking to eating roughly every 3 hours during the day, tanking up at night, and then sleeping. Even though I'm not doing the middle-of-the-night bottle, I'm noting the times it happens, and it's getting later. He went from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. or so last night, and then woke to eat again at 5:45. Of course, there's a lot of unpredictability to it, too. This morning he wound up sleeping in my arms after my quiet solo breakfast, so I just read and drank my rapidly cooling coffee that I couldn't get up to refill. Sleeping infants are adorable.
I'm also slowly getting my normal self back. To inspire me to start running in earnest again, I've signed up for several races: the Broad Street 10-miler in early May, and then 2 half marathons this fall. I want to run the 10-miler faster than I have, so I'm setting goals for my treadmill runs. Yesterday, I did 2.5 miles at my target pace, and I stopped out of boredom and the need to adhere to our household schedule (someone had to do the preschool run), not fatigue.
I have a few links to share. First, I was excited about this review of The Cortlandt Boys from Lance Smith, aka "The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books." He calls it a "terrific novel," and "a book that is hard to put down...The writing style is crisp and easy to follow. The characters are well-developed ... A terrific read that anyone would enjoy." So that's nice, though I'm particularly thrilled that he said "The basketball portions were well written as well, as the author’s knowledge of the game is evident when writing about the action on the court and what the players and coaches not in the game were doing. I felt like I was in the stands for that championship game." Since I can't claim to be a basketball expert, I'm glad that someone who does know more about it thought those scenes worked.
(If you haven't read the book, would you do me a favor and order a copy? I appreciate your support as I try something new and outside my usual genre).
I wrote this week about a day in my life. The SHU Box chronicles her morning routine and her evening routine. The morning routine is particularly impressive. She manages to have me time, run, and do family breakfast all before an 8:30 a.m. start to work.
Wandering Scientist writes about how long commutes contribute, disproportionately, to women's stress levels. Indeed, long commutes often nudge people into less prestigious or lower paying jobs, or even out of the workforce all together. I'm really glad that the work I do can be done from anywhere. That's what makes it possible for me to semi-work right now.
Elizabeth Saunders has a new productivity e-book out called How to Invest Your Time Like Money. In it, she talks about budgeting time in order to achieve the maximum return on investment. Long time readers here know that's a metaphor I like. Some activities simply generate more good things over time than others. You want to spend your time doing these things.
Speaking of money, Sabrina of Rhodey Girl Tests has a post called "She never looks at a price tag." The idea is that many sales and discounts lead us to buy things we don't really need. For most consumer items, you can guess within a range what something will cost, especially in stores you're relatively familiar with. So why be influenced by the price? Buy based on whether you need it or really want it. It's an interesting mindset shift, and one worth contemplating.
Photo: Those cheeks! He's also working on growing a double chin.