The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.: October 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

{Instagram} Recap

If you have been following me on Instagram, you know I have been working hard, but enjoying some extra time with the kiddos this month. {They are both getting so big!!!} Here's a quick look at what we have been up to...

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Two weeks ago, Nate and I went to go see Love Jones The Musical when it came to the DPAC with some of my co-residents. The show was really cute, and it was a lot of fun to dress up and go out!

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I'm one week away from being back on a regular 7am-5pm type schedule, but until then, I have been soaking in the mornings with school drop offs and a chance to get to sleep in a bit.

However, last week was CRAZY. I was on call overnight on Friday, and it was extremely busy.

Four oncology admissions later...

Saturday morning I was wiped out. Poor Natey had been picked up early on Friday after having a fever and when he went to the doc on Saturday, the confirmed strep throat. My little brother also had a bad injury during his football game, and all I wanted to do was get back home and be with him and the rest of my family. {He's doing better, but we appreciate all prayers!} I was a tough weekend to say the least.

By Monday, Natey was well enough to get back to school. Isabelle, however, had a stomach bug out of nowhere, which culminated with her getting sick on the way to school, like vomit all over the backseat sick.

Of course, we had no available back up plan for child care and I had to be at work in the afternoon. Most of the time I can keep it together, but after the difficult weekend, I was emotionally spent. My mommy guilt was on 100 when I had no choice but to take Isabelle to daycare that afternoon. Thankfully, she was feeling back to her normal self within an hour of being home that morning, and practically asking me to drop her off by the time we had to go, but it still felt like a parenting fail. I shed more than a few tears that day.

The rest of the week was fine and everyone was back to being strep/bug free. Nate didn't have school Thursday or Friday due to parent-teacher conferences so the kids just stayed home the rest of the week. On Friday, we took the kids to the dentist. Isabelle watched her little brother get his cleaning like a champ and then she did great too! First cleaning, YAY!

Getting that dental care like a boss...

After I headed to work, Nate and the kids hung out and he went to our Parent-Teacher conference for Natey - which was great! So proud of him.

This weekend, we had our first round of interviews for the resident class of 2021. I say it every year I cannot believe we are interviewing already. This year is especially important for my class because we are choosing our interns for when we are chiefs(!!!). So crazy, I'm going to be a chief next year!!! The interview day was loooong, but a lot of fun sharing with the applicants why we love our program at UNC. I know Match Day will be here before we know it. Good luck to all of you out there starting your interview season!

In other news, today we got out to rock the vote Johnson style. Go vote!!! #withHer

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Hope you all had a great weekend. Hope you all have an awesome start to your Novembers!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Weekend Recap

Since my last update post, I have made my way through three different rotations...Ya'll, when I say this year feels like it is slipping right out of my hands, I mean it. 

Besides the fact that my To Do list is growing, which has me in a bit of a panic, I am in awe of how far into this exhausting process called residency I am. 

Friday, I worked on L&D as the intern, while our interns were able to get away for a much needed weekend retreat. It feels like it was just time for our intern retreat, and now we are helping to recruit the next incoming class for our chief year! Crazy!

Anyway, the third year residents are supposed to cover all the intern shifts on retreat weekend. Being the intern as a third year is way more fun than when you are the actual intern, but even as the fake intern, Friday was so busy. I came in to work Friday morning on the GYN service, and I just knew I would get to rest at some point, but I barely squeaked by with a 30 minute couch-nap in the board room. 

After an exhausting call, we went (read: Nate drove) to go see my little bro and his football team take the "W" at Davidson College. He was awesome and it was a great game!

We spent the night in Charlotte after the game, but really, it was all a blur. All I remember is the delicious burger I ate for dinner and being in an instant coma when I got under the covers. There is no tired like Residency-tired, folks. 

Sunday involved my usual routine of laundry, to-do list making, and finishing clinic notes left over from Friday. 

#90 in Beast Mode

Go Dawgs!









Nothing like a nap with biscuit in hand...




Hope Fall is treating you all well! I promise more content soon, especially for my Med Students and Med School hopefuls!

xoxo

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Self Care Initiative

I know that resident-mamas aren't the only ones that struggle with regularly doing something nice for themselves... My devotion to this cause has waxed and waned over my motherhood career. When you are crunched for time, taking care of yourself is usually the first thing to go.

One of my goals for 2016 was to do better when it came to this, and since my hours aren't really going to change, I have to get creative. By creative I mean taking the work and effort out of things so that they get done without being an additional burden.

We are now into the last quarter of the year (unreal), and this is still a work in progress. Because many of us have this same story, a number of genius women have sought to make it a little easier on us. Kelley McLean, the creator of MamaBu Box, is one of them.

Kelley writes, "the Mamabu Box team is passionate about empowering purposeful moms to take time to be intentional about practicing self-care. We want to support moms in finding and living their calling while setting an example for their children that with God all things are possible. However, we know that often in the quest to do and have it all we sometimes can let our own care fall by the wayside. Mamabu Box is a convenient bimonthly care-package curated around themes that remind us to check in with ourselves. In each package we highlight a mom-owned business and share a mommy inspiration from a fellow mom. We basically want to provide moms with an outlet to give themselves the attention they deserve; and look really cute doing it!”"

My summer-themed box was not only gorgeous in color, but practical. In her personalized note, Kelley explained how each item was to not only help you unwind, but also get you outside for some much needed solitude or fun with your kids.


My box included organic lip balm and bug spray, a gorgeous clutch tote and aviators for chic travel, and my favorite, a heavenly, lavender scented deodorizer that definitely mellowed me out on my car trips to work.

This is a monthly subscription worth the investment. The great thing is, if you aren’t ready to commit to a membership, you can purchase each box in their shop (http://mamabubox.com/shop/all/) as a one-time purchase, as long as they are available. 

If the idea of taking care of yourself isn't incentive enough, a portion of all proceeds go to support mom-owned businesses! So you can help take care of other well-deserving mamas. Right on, ladies!



Use code MOMMYMRSMD15 for %15 off your first box. Sign up by October 23rd to get your November themed "Mommy Retreat" box!

xoxo



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