The kid is here! He’s 12 days old! The last two weeks have been a blur!
I’m struggling a bit with what to do with Beeminder. It’s not really practical to track my sleep with Droidsleep, since I’m getting up every few hours. I haven’t finished editing my NaNoWriMo novel (though I’m pretty close), but it feels like a very low priority right now. My junk food goal successfully reached its goal date, and I’m not sure whether or not I want to reinstate it. Being able to sneak a square of chocolate or a few potato chips here and there has been a pretty life-sustaining luxury, and we’ve actually been eating remarkably well for the parents of a newborn. Last night we roasted carrots, squash, potatoes, beets, and onions and had it with kale-cucumber-bell pepper-tomato salad in lemon dressing, plus some prefab chicken tenders. I mean, not too shabby, right? Eating mostly from our CSA produce and stash of freezer meals means we’ve been staying in the green on our food money goal, which feels good. I didn’t have the energy to update Habitica after coming home from the hospital, though I’ve been more or less staying on top of housework, miraculously enough. I finally logged into Habitica today and just marked off a ton of tasks, approximately equal to the amount of work I’ve been doing in my bleary haze of intermittent sleep, diaper changes, and baby cuddling. Exercise? On hold. Recorder practice? On hold. Complice? Not going back to work for a few more weeks, and then it’ll only be a few hours a week. Not worth spending $16 a month for task management. Blogging? I need to get back to it at some point, but it feels too soon.
So Beeminder hasn’t really been doing much for me in this acute phase of newborn care. I’m not gonna unsubscribe yet, because I think it’ll be helpful when I get into a more sustainable routine, but I’m wondering whether I should drop down to a cheaper plan, without all the fancy autoratcheting and stuff. Our new health insurance plan is gonna be $1,800 a month now that the kid is here, so I’ve gotta find some places in our budget to trim. I dunno. I’ll sit with it a little longer and think before doing anything drastic. Beeminder has helped me with so many things over the last many years. I’m sure it will again. It’s just feeling less crucial at the moment, when all my most pressing tasks are immediately in front of me, and not really in need of reminding or reinforcement.