Sunday, August 30, 2015

And We're Back...to School!

I'm sure your timelines these last few weeks have been similar to mine - flooded with pictures of smiling little ones donning backpacks.

My sweet Natey is now a first grader!

He is at a new school, and I was really concerned about him starting over, but it went great. His teachers are very sweet and the other parents were so welcoming, I think it is going to be a fun year!

This mommy may have cried...just a little...

Isabelle and I got some one on one time for a few days when her big brother went back. She was really missing him by the second day - which was fully expressed in her crying "Nateyyyy!" all the way home from morning drop off. As much as they bug each other, their love for one another is so special to see.

I know it is such a cliche, but I feel like time is flying faster than ever. I was so blessed to have my vacation this week so we were able to soak in the last remnant of summer and the the big events of the week together.

Classroom visit with baby sis
Below is the annual first day of school picture over the last few years:
2013

2014
2015



I had a great recharge this week. Back to the grind tomorrow! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

That's Right, TWO Posts in ONE Month!

Photo Credit
This week is my last week of nights!!! ...at least until my nights rotation in May. As much as I have learned over the last four weeks, I am so looking forward to returning to the light of day and scheduled surgeries.

I have walked away from this rotation with invaluable experience taking care of some of the most critically ill patients. It is both nerve-wrecking and fascinating at the same time. The GynOnc services reignites my love for the hardcore electrolyte-trending, acid-base calculating, pharmacokinetic, and critical care-type medicine that you don't get on a routine laboring patient - granted we have our fair share of complicated obstetrics patients too...

My next rotation is benign gynecology. I'm really excited to do my first hysterectomy and get regular experience with laparoscopy. Stay tuned ;-)

On the home front...

My almost first grader!
Naters starts 1st grade at his new school soon! I have a vacation week planned for the week he goes back to school. My goal is to be really visible and involved out the gate, so that his teachers know I exist. And then the hubby will carry on the rest of the year in his usual basically-a-single-dad fashion. Joking...but also serious. Granted, second year has already been a wonderful change in pace, I am still a resident, and have to defer to my better-half for most of the day-to-day parenting duties like drop offs, field trips, and weekday playdates. I think my my guilt has really lessened because I've accepted these limitations as only temporary. One day I will be able to regularly be a part of the everyday stuff, and I am thankful for such a supportive hubs who feels this way too.

Little Miss IzzyBee got her two year old pictures taken this past weekend. I'm so excited with how they turned out, but by the way she acted in the studio, I thought it was going to be a big waste of everyone's time. I literally was standing barely an arm's length away from her IN.EVERY.PICTURE.

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In the un-cropped version of this photo, you can see me
lying on the floor beside her. trying to not be in the frame..
In other semi-related news, I've been obsessed with getting family pictures on our walls. My first roadblock to achieving this goal was the fact that most-if-not-all of our pictures are in a cloud online....and we had like one empty frame. So in between my weeks on nights, I have launched this massive effort to print pictures and buy frames... Ya'll, these are the joys of adulting.

My usual go to is Snapfish, but I tried out Groove Book this month too. I'm all about not re-inventing the wheel so please share any of your great ideas for picture-hanging, printing, etc.

What sites do you guys use for photo printing? Where do you like to shop for frames? 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hey There August...

My beach babes :-) 
Is it just me or is summer flying by?!

I still cannot believe intern year is over....talk about a whirlwind of a year.

Second year of residency for us at UNC means that you switch gears completely and spend the majority of your time on the gynecological services - Family Planning, Gynecologic Oncology, Benign Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS), and Urogynecology. Needless to say I went from really feeling like I was getting into the swing of the obstetrics thing, to now, back down to square one... That's right med students, it still happens...

I spent my first 4 weeks of second year on Family Planning, and now I am in the middle of my Nights rotation. On nights, we primarily manage the inpatient Benign and Gyn Oncology service, and any patients who come into the emergency department with a GYN complaint. 

One of the well-known residency-ism, is talking about a resident and the "cloud" that they bring in when they are working - i.e. a "white cloud" being an easy shift and a "black cloud" being not so fortunate. I must say, after my first two weeks I think I am falling into the "black cloud" group. The positive to that is that it has been good learning...Now, as I start week three, I am feeling more confident than ever that I can handle juggling lots of things and many different clinical scenarios. 

Things on the home-front have been good...

We had lots of family in town in July, which was awesome. The kids had a great time with their grandparents and cousins. We even snuck in a quick trip to Wilmington! 

Isabelle and Grampy (my dad) 


One of my dear friends from Michigan and his beautiful girlfriend and daughter 


Cousins!


On July 17th, Baby "Belle", as she calls herself, turned 2! I have been mommy-guilting myself over the past year, because I did not have a big party when she turned one. So this year, in normal Jasmine fashion, I threw together a *very* last-minute birthday party for the little lady.  And, of course, she was so uncooperative pretty much the entire day. 

Isabelle welcoming her guests... :side eye: 

This face means she is so excited for her party... 




But it was a great day!

August 1st was my 28th birthday, and despite working overnight on the 31st, my sweet resident friends put together a celebration on L&D. It was awesome!

And then when I got home, I was able to relax all day with my littles and Big Nate :-) Later, we got together with friends for dinner. I feel so blessed...

Partay!! 

I have the sweetest co-residents and team...




As an intern, everyone says, "just hold out until second year and things will be so much better".  I have to say, everyone was right.  Only seven weeks into second-year, and I have had so much more time with my family and for myself. Not kidding. I've read books for LEISURE and started working out again. It's been great for my mental health. 

Hopefully this means I will be blogging more regularly again too ;-)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Home Stretch...

I am once again a creature of the night. I just finished week three of four on my second (and final) nights rotation of intern year. It is hard to believe that one year ago we were just moving down to North Carolina, and in a few more weeks I will be a second year resident. It has been a difficult year to say the least. As always, I am amazed at how much I have learned. I think, over the last few weeks, I have felt more like a legit doctor than ever, and it feels great.

When it's almost second year, you postpartum round like a BOSS!


I must admit, I am definitely feeling emotionally, mentally, and physically fatigued. I have done little to nothing in the self care department. On May 1, I finally decided to stop eating all the junk that has led to my intern year weight gain. I refuse to look like what I am going through...ugh

The littles are doing great! Per usual.



Natey graduated from kindergarten last week. Being on nights finally was a plus and I got to go to his award ceremony. I was beaming when he was presented with the Principal's award for all A's all year, excellence in music, excellence in technology, excellence in Bible verses, and excellence in math.*** his most recent accomplishment, besides growing up too fast, is riding a bike without training wheels! I feel like just yesterday he and I were best buddies in Indy - me studying for the MCAT and he, a sleeping baby, laying in the middle of my books.



Isabelle continues to blossom. When I am on nights, I really do not see the family from Monday-Thursday, and when I finally see her again she seems so much older. She is definitely in that in-between-baby-and-wants-to-be-big phase that involves lots of crying and fall-outs, but she is also so sweet! I love to hear her try out new words, or when she does her big-eyed "I'm so excited!" Pure joy.

 


My little brother graduated from college this month so had a *really* quick getaway back home to Indiana, and it was great to see my fam. We hadn't all been together since my med school graduation. It was so great to have that time together and hopefully, once second year comes along, I can do it more than once a year :-/ 




We spent Easter weekend in Wilmington, NC. It is a little piece of heaven only 2.5 hours away by car. I absolutely love being by the water. It was the perfect recharge to get me through this last leg of the year....

 






Well, I think that's all of an update I have for now! xoxo


Friday, March 20, 2015

Yo!

Happy Spring!



Things have been stable over here...Still working...a lot. LOL

This week is my last week at Wake Med and my last rotation here as an intern. It's so hard to believe that I am almost a second year resident! My second time out at Wake has been so much better than the first. Mainly because I know a lot more than I did in August. I am starting to really feel like I have a good grasp on this OB thing. And in preparation for second year, I got to even do some GYN surgery - which was a huge change of pace from our OB heavy first year. I think my heart is with obstetrics, but I must admit that laparoscopy is pretty cool!

Below is a video of a tubal ligation. You use a camera and instruments in one tiny incision to clamp the fallopian tubes and preventing pregnancy.



We finally managed to get some family photos taken around Valentine's Day. I thought it would be poor form to send out Christmas cards that late, so we will try again next year haha...
 


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we also had a couple of "winter storms" in Carolina. One of which, caused me to have to stay in the hospital in between my night shifts...still bitter about that one. Everything shut down for multiple days, but you could still see grass!!
My Midwest kid was pretty excited about building a snowman :-)

HA!

The littles are doing awesome. It hasn't gotten any easier being away from them so much, but we are all taking this crazy life in stride.

Happy Match Day! I cannot believe it's been one year since The Match. Such an amazing day... I hope all you fourth year med studs out there get to go to the program of your dreams! So ready to hand off my pager to the new interns ;-)


#FBF Headed to UNC!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy New Year & Happy MLK Day!

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all having a great day "on" to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The kids and I are spending some cherished time together - sadly, Daddy Nate had to work today :-(

Despite the Carolina sunshine, absurdly warm climate down here, and the lovely week off during Christmas, the "winter slump" has not evaded me and I am feeling, yet again oh-so-run-down.

I went back to work the week of the New Year and was stationed on Labor and Delivery for the second half of our program's holiday schedule so that the rest of my coworkers could get their much needed vacation as well. The thought crossed my mind that we might not be so busy because it was still the holidays...HA!

Since then, I have been on my OB1 rotation which means I manage the laboring patients on the floor (you may remember when I was OB2 in October and was responsible for L&D procedures). I absolutely love obstetrics but I would be kidding myself if I didn't admit how mentally and physically exhausting my days are. I get up around 4:30 every morning and leave the hospital around 6:30PM each night. Some days definitely get to me more than others, but I am learning so much and still so thankful to be at UNC...

We even made the news last week!

The littles...

You are probably sick of reading this, but I am truly in awe of my children and how much they have grown. Natey was talking the other day about his bottle being "waterproof" and I thought to myself, "who is this kid?" He is so smart, polite, and kind. So proud of him...

Isabelle is definitely a girly girl. She loves to wear dresses, bows, and to have her hair blow dried (LOL). I'm thankful for those moments when she still wants to cuddle because the baby I feel like we just brought home is walking into her toddler-hood faster than I imagined.

Where does the time go?

I decided I wasn't going to make resolutions for the new year...well, mainly because January 1st came and went with me writing down nan-goal... BUT I have resolved to be more positive and I think the best way to do that is to focus on all of the blessings in my life. Being so consumed with work has definitely tipped the scales away from my spiritual and family time, and I feel a lot more grumpy than I have been over the last year, so that is the first thing that needs to go.

I am thankful that no matter how challenging the road ahead may be, I have been given the opportunity to walk it. I am thankful that years ago incredibly brave men and women fought for equality and never backed down - when degradation, violence, and even death were the cost - so that decades later, little Black girls and boys could dream one day of being doctors, lawyers, executives, or even presidents. THAT is vision.

The racially charged and tragic events surrounding the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner (to name a few, but sadly, not all) have discouraged many of us and raises questions of how far our country has really come when it comes to racial equality. It would be remiss of me to say that we don't have work to do, but I am hopeful of the future, and committed to doing my part to get us there. I know the vision of Dr. King is still alive and well.






Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Check Out My Interview on Pregnancy Perfect Today!

Happy Hump Day Peeps!!!

Please go check out my interview on Pregnancy Perfect today!


I loved chatting with the Pregnancy Perfect creator, Anabell Ingleton, about my experience(s) being preggers - during what she calls the "9 Month Marathon" (So cute! Right?!) I did this interview a few weeks before starting residency. It's so funny to hear me talk about my own pregnancy experience now that I have 6 months of OBGYN-ing behind me. I mean, I knew this already, but there is so much I didn't know...LOL

Anabell has created this awesome online space where future mommies-to-be can revel in the awesome highs and oh-so-relate-able lows of pregnancy. If you know any expectant moms out there, be sure to share with them the greatness that is Pregnancy Perfect!

Have an awesome day!

xoxo
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