As part of a grand plan in maintaining sanity this year, I decided to bullet journal my random thoughts.

  • The world of parenting landed upon us last year. The reality of the new experience was overwhelming. Everything from the hospital experience, labor, delivery, feeding and sleeping (oh, the sleeping) was something surreal. To me, it feels as if the first year is a rite of passage, a break-in period to being a parent.
  • Childcare: Little one heads to daycare in a week. Fellow parent friends have narrated nothing but horror stories about how kids get sick, get no attention and cost a fortune even with all that. A little research into costs and availability of childcare show how abysmal the situation is in this country.
    • In dual-income households, parents can spend nearly $10K in childcare costs in one year alone.
    • Interesting blog post about a woman who planned to spend upto $40K in getting through the fourth trimester.
    • The federal government has made two past attempts at affordable childcare programs, neither of which were succesful.
    • Silicon valley hasn’t come up with much in this space. Sites such as urbansitter, care, sittercity offer only uber-style match making services between caregiver and parent. Trusted is perhaps the only novel startup whose nannies and babysitters are their own employees. This makes the company itself accountable for reliable and trustworthy child care.
  • Personal:
    • Clocked about 87 minutes of meditation time in January.
    • We replaced our 2007 Civic with a 2020 Honda Insight (hybrid).
    • After years of bitter anxiety about driving, I finally started driving all the way to Cupertino for work. 17 miles, 1 hour without the HOV lane. Yeesh.