foto friday: 4 months old already!

4 months old!

four months old

I’m not sure how it happened, but C. turned four months old already! She’s getting happier and cuter by the day. I love this little nugget. ♥

In other news: I’m in the process of scheduling my dissertation defense for this coming May. As a result, I’m having heart palpitations and frequent bouts of anxiety. T. is in the same boat, he’s planning on defending some time in April, so we both have some major milestones to reach this coming Spring. To say that we’re feeling overwhelmed and nervous about our work lives is putting it mildly. I have no doubt that T. will finish and come out successful in this, I’m not as convinced of my own abilities to make it work, but I’m sure going to try.

I figured out early in my parenting days that when I’m with C., I just want to be with her and give her my full attention. I have a hard time ignoring her squeals (both of annoyance or of delight) if she’s in the room with me and I’m trying to be on my computer and working. So I’ve learned to close the laptop when I’m with her and just be her mama. Then, when she’s asleep or down for a nap, or when T.’s with her and I’m relinquished of my parenting duties, I can give my research and writing my full attention.

Why am I writing all of this here?

Because for the next several months, until my dissertation defense, I will likely schedule my days to either be composed of baby time or writing time. The time that I used to use for book club reading, Pinterest perusal, blog posts writing, or toenail painting will now be entirely dedicated to my dissertation. Even so, I’m not sure I’ll make my defense deadline but at least I’ll have given it my best shot.

I won’t be entirely absent from this space but I will likely be a lot more scarce around here. I still want to write about and share our adventures once C. starts riding along with me in the Spring or going for runs with me in the running stroller. And I’d like to keep sharing bike dates with you as they come in to me and other noteworthy bits and pieces, but there will likely be a slower rhythm to my updates in the coming months. Thanks for understanding! I do love the regular interaction with readers and other bloggers on here and will miss that, but I think I need to allow myself to abandon everything but my baby and my other baby (the dissertation) until I defend if need be. So just putting it out there.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

♥ S.

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17 Responses to foto friday: 4 months old already!

  1. Paige says:

    Good luck! And wow, right?! 4 months! Zoey is three and it blows my mind. I’m going back to work on Monday and dreading it. Have a lovely weekend! :)

  2. nuresma says:

    She’s lovely! Take your time, and good luck!

  3. Deidra says:

    Good luck! Hoping all the best for you in your work and balancing that all you’ve got on your plate. And kisses to that sweet babe!

  4. Fiona says:

    Good luck on the last stretch of your dissertation! My mum finished hers when I was as old as you’re little one which means it is doable. Ich drücke dir die Daumen :-)

  5. Dorothy says:

    Good luck! Sounds like you will be busy with your ‘twins’ :)

  6. Best of luck with the dissertation AND the baby raising. I’m not sure which one is scarier! :) And take your time – I have a feeling we’ll all be here when you get back. <3

  7. M. says:

    Best of luck, S. I’ll be rooting for you, especially because I’ve already given up on defending this year.

  8. Jessica N says:

    I’m an infrequent commenter but I had to come out of hiding on this one! I’m at the start of the dissertation process – er, well, almost: oral prelims in a week! – so it’s already pretty impressive that you can contemplate the defense. Best of luck to you and T, both with dissertations and with little C!

  9. Been there! Good luck! Having a deadline helped me focus. I wasn’t super happy with the final product, but I was so happy to have it finished.

    C. is adorable! My only advice is to really work now while she’s still sleeping a lot and immobile. I wish I had worked more before my babes started crawling! Although I don’t regret responding to every sound they made.

  10. Sue says:

    Best of luck to you and T with the dissertations. Baby C is growing so fast – enjoy this time.

  11. LC says:

    All the best S! I understand you’re doing a PhD? My other half has just started his, while I am about to finish my Masters (MSc) so I know about heart palpitations and all, I fully sympathise (also with the feeling of anxiety about own abilities, I have to battle with that all the time!! Do you think it’s a woman thing?).

    I wish you a wonderful xmas! Little C is just adorable! Seems yesterday you wrote my guest post about being a cycling mama-to-be!! :D xxx

  12. Erin says:

    Cutie patootie little baby!

    Good luck with everything!

  13. Rita says:

    Completely understandable! I am also on the process of writing up though my deadline is July and I still have data to collect. That’s the stressful bit for me really…But anyways, good luck with your work and enjoy your baby! Time goes by very quickly!!!

    • hannie says:

      @ Rita, You can do it! I’ve been there and done that. A few months after the data collection I finished. Thanks to the deadline I was very focussed and finished my work even before the deadline!

  14. Steph says:

    Best of luck to you on everything! I’m not sure if your deadline for defense is institutionally or self-imposed. If the former, this probably doesn’t apply, but if the latter, I just wanted to say that if I’ve learned anything in academia (I’m in the later stages of a Ph.D. in English lit), it’s that nothing ever takes the time I think it will. As I’ve gone on, I’ve gotten better at gauging how long a particular task will take, but I’ve had to learn how to accept that sometimes even when I put the time in, I can’t make my self-imposed deadlines. And also, I’ve learned that there’s really no one right path to take towards completion; I used to make myself crazy comparing myself to others (with vastly different projects or in vastly different fields) and all that did was make me crazier and less productive.

    All of which is to say: I’m rooting for you to meet your deadline, but I just wanted to say that even if you take an extra semester, you’re still doing great! And if all this anxious rambling doesn’t apply, feel free to ignore me ;).

  15. Dottie says:

    We totally understand!! :)

    Enjoy your baby and try not to stress too much (easier said than done, I know).

  16. simplybike says:

    Thanks for all the words of encouragement, everyone! My defense date is set for the end of May and I’m hoping that I’ll finish in time to defend and walk at graduation. If not, it will just mean taking an extra semester, which isn’t the worst thing to have to do. But I’d like to finish this Spring, so I’m going to give it my best effort.


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