This was my first full week back at work, and to be completely honest, it ended up being ok and manageable.  But I’m no fool.  I know this is because we have my dad at home right now watching K.  This alone makes it so much easier for me to get up, do what I need to do, and head to work.  Come January, things will be quite different!

Speaking of my dad, he’s really enjoying his time with Kaiden.  In fact, the other day, as we were driving home from Costco, he told me he didn’t want to go back to Atlanta.  His exact words were, “I don’t want to leave.  I love spending time with Kaiden.”  Awwww.

What else?

I was proud of myself for carving out time on Sunday to meal prep.  Then Wednesday came along, and I realized I only had one meal idea left.  Vishnu was home this week with my dad, and instead of eating designated lunch foods, the two of them would reheat dinner foods.  Oy vey.  Maybe I need to leave clearer instructions!

Since he had the week off, Vishnu brought Kaiden to my office on Wednesday.  Thankfully, he (K) was in a good mood.  Smiles for everyone!

Other than that, I’m just trying to keep my head above water.  On the one hand, Fridays are nice because I can finally catch up on life and all the things I dismiss during the week.  But on the other hand, it’s the only day I can squeeze in appointments and other errands, so time still feels limited.  That’s life with a baby I suppose!

We don’t have a ton of plans this weekend.  My dad’s going to St. Louis with my sister and her husband (they’re visiting his parents).  I’m hoping V and I make Friday a movie night.  He’s mentioned it a few times now, but by the time 9:00 rolls around, I’m ready to GO TO BED!  We have a potluck at Vishnu’s associate program director’s house on Saturday.  I think we’re bringing mac n’ cheese, which is a safe bet for me in case there aren’t any other veggie options.  And finally, Sunday will be a Kaiden and mama day since Vishnu’s working.

All in all, it was a good week, and hopefully, the weekend will follow suit.

hello weekend

And now, for a few of my favorite links from the week!

I love Ashley Graham – her confidence, her message, and her desire to help women love themselves.

Frustration seems to go hand in hand with parenting.  Love these tips on how to handle frustrating situations with a bit more patience.

Really interesting perspective on expectations and how dangerous they can be.

Obviously, we have a while before this is relevant, but I love these questions and the ‘why’ behind them.

Good enough is great!

Parents play such a key role in EVERYTHING…including our views of work/life balance.

An adaptation from Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown – a must read!


By Parita

4 thoughts on “Friday Thoughts + Favorite Links”
  1. So impressed that you found time for meal prep. Can you possibly share the menus you planned for lunch and dinners ? And also what exactly you did over the weekend in terms of prep? Enjoy your weekend !

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