Thursday, April 10, 2014

Checking In & Working Motherhood Podcast

Hey guys!

I feel like after Match Day I disappeared! I promise I will have lots and lots and LOTS of updates for you all next week.

In the meantime, recently I had the honor of being interviewed for a new podcast series called Working Motherhood.

"Working Motherhood is a daily podcast, hosted by Dr. Portia Jackson, interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring working moms. The Working Motherhood includes everyone from CEOs, teachers, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, cashiers.. basically any mom that produces income. Balancing a career and motherhood involves a lot and Working Motherhood is your daily source of inspiration and encouragement to be the best working mom that you can be! Working Motherhood is all about inspiring millions of women to have fun and be fulfilled in all roles of their lives." - Working Motherhood 

Today, my interview went live! Please go check out my conversation with Dr. Portia Jackson - an amazing wife, mother, aerospace engineer (doctorate, ya'll), fellow Michigan alum, and soror - about the constant balance of motherhood, home life, and career.

Yes, 30-minute podcasts that we can listen to in the car, while we exercise, during kids' nap times, to help give moms tips about navigating all of our responsibilities...and they are FREE. It's genius and you will not be disappointed.

Talk to you all soon!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Match Day Update and a HUGE THANK YOU!!!!

I cannot say it enough.

I am in AWE of the love and support that you all have given me over the years and as I experienced the whirlwind of Match Day you guys made sure I knew I was loved. Thank you so much for reading and cheering me on.

Match Day was awesome! It was right up there as one of the best days of my life.

At noon we opened the envelopes and.... :drum roll:

We will be taking our talents to North Carolina as I begin residency at....
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill!!!

I am soooo excited!!!! If you are a new reader to the blog, welcome! I am so happy you are here.

Below are some of my favorite pictures from the ceremony:

Waiting with THEE envelope!!

After opening our envelopes we got to tell everyone where we were going, Natey did great when he yelled "UNC!" It was so cute :-D My little bro took these screenshots from the live feed online...

Photo Credit: Liz Kaye

We did it!!

Go Tarheels!!! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Check Out My Guest Post on the Student Doctor Network!

If you are pursuing a career in the health sciences, then you are probably more-than-familiar with the abundance of resources and forums on The Student Doctor Network. If this is your first time hearing about it, go there now!

Today, I am super excited to be guest posting on the about parenting in medical school, and I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! [Link Here]

Have a great day everyone :-)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Started from the Bottom...Now It's Match Week!!!!!!! **UPDATED!**

Well, this is the big week! At noon today, I will get an email saying whether or not I matched into residency, and this Friday I finally get to find out where I will be for the next 4 years! Ahhhhhhhh!
From White Coat ceremony to soon-to-be resident!

If you are anxiously needing to kill time while we wait (eeeek!!!), please go check out an interview I did last week for here: Moms of the Week Feature

And also, one of my classmates (matching into internal medicine) was sweet enough to feature me on her blog last Friday: The Honest Doctor Feature

I will be sure to keep you all posted on the good news!

The good news!!!:
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Friday, March 14, 2014

Working/Schooling Outside the Home and Still Breastfeeding

Everytime I talk about breastfeeding, this "Making the Band" Chapelle skit pops in my head...
:singing in "Bad Boy" voice : "Breast-miiiilk"
Isabelle will be 8 months old this week!! I cannot believe it. This week is doubly big because I decided that I am not going to pump anymore, and will just breastfeed her when she is with me.

My supply has been diminishing since my OB-GYN sub-I in January. Unfortunately, I just didn't have enough time during the day to pump as much as I should of. Despite the 12+ hour days, I continued to pump - usually once a day for about an hour when I got home. Babygirl has a healthily growing appetite, so in February, we decided to start supplementing during the day. This basically meant while she was at daycare, she would get half breast milk with half-formula.

Last month, when I would come home from my 10+ hour stints in the ED, I continued to sit on the pump for at least an hour trying to force my body to squeeze out 8 oz of milk so I could "break even". And because some of my shifts did not end until 2AM, sometimes I was up as late as 4AM (ugh it was ridiculous). It was exhausting and pretty much sucked.

As bittersweet as it is to see my freezer milk reserve dwindle, this is also a huge weight off my back. As Izzy has started sleeping through the night, it kind of eliminates the need for night time breast milk too, and my body got the hint pretty quickly. I'm so proud of how long I was able to exclusively breastfeed throughout rotations, traveling on interviews (yes, I took breast milk with me through airport security LOL), changing schedules, so I am not going to beat myself up for ditching the pump and leaning on formula a little bit more.

That being said, in an effort to help those student mamas who may be embarking on the daunting task of schooling or clerkships while lactating, here are some of the tips and tricks I picked up along my way...

1. Stake out all the lactation rooms ahead of time: Usually hospitals are pretty lactation-friendly and have at least one room designated for pumping. The children's hospital on campus, has like "The Bellagio of Pumping Rooms". It makes sense - with the place swarming with kids and one of the state's largest NICUs - you want breastfeeding to be common and accessible. I have noticed, however, that very few women sign out the pumping room key... I also had access to a great room at the Women's hospital while I was on my OB-GYN Sub-I.

Racks on racks on racks...of breast milk
2. Ditch the bags: I started out with storing my milk in the Lansinoh bags, but words cannot express how disappointed/sad/betrayed (yes, dramatic, I know) I felt when my milk started LEAKING from the bags during the thawing process. It was like a daily, not to mention stressful, toss up as to whether or not I would get the full 6oz from a bag or if it would just make a mess in my fridge. Grrrr I think I cried more over spilled milk with Isabelle than with Nate.

That's when I switched to the Mother's Milk Mate storage system (shown above) and loved it. The only drawback was that unless you buy two racks, and take up ridiculous freezer space, you can only store 10 bottles at a time. I know, 10 is decent, but at one point I was a lactating machine. Wasted liquid gold SUCKS, so stick to bottles! Easier to store, less spillage, great for mommies who bring milk back home. No they are not paying me for this endorsement. I'm just a satisfied customer :-)

3. Commit to pumping at least one time per day and "try" to stay consistent. I started pumping the day after we got home from the hospital with Isabelle. Every night I would have her dad give her a bottle so I could pump as close to 5PM as possible. Within a few days, I could feel that my supply had come in and I could pump 12-14oz in one sitting! Things of course changed when I went back to the wards. Pumping at the same time can be near impossible if your break time is dictated by whatever happens during that particular day. You may find that you don't have time to pump at all - like me. So just make sure when you get home you can pump at least once or twice throughout the evening. Even if you only can get a few ounces at first, stick with it! You will be surprised at how smart our bodies are, and it will respond by increasing galactogenesis (fancy, huh?) during times of "higher demand".

4. Relax: Stress inhibits let down, so try and not obsess over how much you are pumping while you are pumping.

5. If you find your supply going down, drink up! Try one of these...

Of course, first consult with your doctor to make sure that it's an option for you. I found that my body really responded to the teas with both babies, but they gave Izzy gas so I couldn't drink it as often as I would have liked. The Gaia tea is at Kroger and I think Whole Foods carries Milkmaid Tea.

6. DO NOT try to reinvent the wheel: You know I am always talking about working "smarter and not harder". So talk to other breastfeeding mamas!  Before I headed back to school, I picked the brain of one of my classmates who went through this a year ago with her daughter. She had SO MANY awesome tips for the best places to pump during our clinicals and for pumping-on-a-time-constraint. One of which was to keep your bottle-flange set up in a cooler/fridge in between pump sessions so you don't have to waste time washing them out during your precious break time. Genius, right?! KellyMom is a great resource too!

Happy Breastfeeding!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Music Monday

Hey guys! Hope you are having a great morning so far! This is definitely one of my most recent jams!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Things Natey Says: 5 Years-Old Edition; Volume 1

Nate is growing so much! He is definitely not "mommy's baby" anymore. And as always, he keeps us smiling with all the things he says and does. Here are some of my favorites since his sister has been born: 

While watching me paint my nails: "Sirs don't paint their toes or fingers."

"Mommy I want some chocolate milk. But not from your chest." 
I guess breastfeeding isn't for him haha

When Izzy was first born he would tell everyone who held her, "If she cries give her to my mommy because that is what I do."

And one day he was all, "I'm ready to walk her now." But we shut that down, fast. 

"Daddy can you give the baby to mommy now so we can play soccer?"

:in his cutest baby talk, high pitched voice: "Hi Izzy! You're so adorable!" 

Consoling his crying sister: "It's ok. Daddy's coming. He's coming baby. Brother is here."

While carrying around a little devotional book he found at my mom's house: "Is this the Word of God?"

Nate (while I'm getting Izzy dressed): "Mom, don't forget to do something important..."
Me: "What?"
Nate: "Brush her hair."

Over Christmas break when he was with his younger cousins and obviously feeling so wise: 
Blake: "What did you say Nay Nay?"
Nate (VERY matter-of-factly): "I said 'bang', B-I-A."
Me: "B-A-N-G, Nate"

When he found out Izzy was starting daycare: "You're going to daycare sweetie! Don't be scared. I wasn't scared on my day and you'll come home right after."

To his dad who was having an allergic reaction to something he ate (hives): "You have bumpy-itis."
Big Nate: "Bumpy-itis?! Oh no! Do you know a doctor who may be able to help me?"
Nate: "Well, my mommy is a doctor, but she can't help you. She only helps get babies out of mommy's tummies."

Big Nate and I will say, "____ look at your son/daughter" when the kids are doing something funny, so now when Izzy does anything, little Nate goes, "Mom, look at your daughter..." HA!
Happy Friday!

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