The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.: 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hello Friends...

Is it just me or is the time going by faster than ever?! Last time I was here we were in March, and I was worried about finishing my resident research project. Well I finished it, and it went great! Then it was on to finishing my Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship applications...


April was filled with a busy antepartum service. I had one last go-round as the third year in charge of the service - which meant providing medical, social, and emotional support for some of the sickest women in North Carolina. The work was tiring but every day I felt blessed to do it and I can't wait to do it for the rest of my career.

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The end of April also brought HAMILTON!!! I went to Chicago for a Chief Resident conference and I did not "throw away my shot" (shameless Hamilton song lyric, sorry, NOT sorry). It was Ah-Ma-Zing and I'm so glad I got to see it with one of my besties (Hi Mom!!). Little Nate found the Playbill one morning in our room, and I had some explainin' to do...

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May came and went... June brought summer vacations and the family time I had been longing for all spring.

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June also meant tearful goodbyes to our 2017 Chief resident class. We had minimal time to get ready for our new roles as the ladies in charge. I must say, I am so proud of our class and how we have handled this new year and all of the punches it has thrown us. Being classmates is similar to being in a sorority. It is a life that no one fully understands unless they are in it. A life that leads to new bonds that, no matter where you go, will remain. I'm thankful that I have a good people beside me...

I'm currently finishing up my 7 week stretch in charge of the benign GYN service. Even though I am applying for an obstetrics-only fellowship, I still want to be a good surgeon and am grateful for everyone who has taught me this summer. I've learned a ton. Next week, I head to Onc!

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July has been the hardest month for me thus far. My Grandaddy passed away on July 9th. Alzheimer's had been slowly taking him from us for the last 10 years, but for some reason, I just never thought he would physically be gone. As a physician who has been there with families as they accepted and faced the transition of their loved ones, I can tell you that it doesn't help to know more. You still aren't ready, and it still hurts just as much. I miss him every day.

 My family and I made the trip to see him one week before he died. He looked good, and the more I think about it, the more I think he knew. He wanted us to see him OK and I'm so thankful for that time.


My sweet Isabelle also turned 4 in July. She and her brother were the little rays of sunlight in a month of cloudy days...

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Moving into August has meant starting my fellowship interviews (!!!) and most recently, turning THIRTY!

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THIRTY YEARS. What a life you guys...When I started this little blog, one of my first posts was about turning 23!!! Thanks to interviews, I was able to have a 2-part celebration with people I love around Chicago and Detroit.

I hope that you all are having an amazing summer and that you life is filled with love and all the things that make you feel whole.

Happy Sunday, friends. I promise I won't stay away too long...

xoxo

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Updates and Such...

Hey there my sweet little blog and anyone who still may be reading this thing...

Man, 2017 has been non-stop {Hamilton reference, sorry, NOT sorry}. Why is it already March?! If you follow me on Instagram, I have been intermittently trying to fill you all in on what we have been up do, but it's time for a real update so here goes:

The Fam...

The kiddos are growing like weeds. Like weeds with all of the water and all of the Miracle Grow at their disposal. Sheesh!

Nate's newest phrase he uses all the time is, "Well, I'm assuming..." LOL! And Isabelle gets sassier by the day. Her new signature photo pose is a toe point, HA!

I can't with the toe point!

In January, we celebrated Nate's 8th birthday with a skate party (I'm still not used to saying I have an 8 year old o_O). He had a blast! Speaking of which, I still need to send out "Thank You" cards. #MomFail.

We tried to make the most of my weekends off on Onc with some family-centered activity planning. Besides lounging around with mommy, some cool things we did were going to see Lego Batman (so funny), Build-a-Bear making, Saturday morning breakfast biscuit runs in our PJs, and our traditional weekend trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant.


With March, came the flu for our Natey. He was out of school for two weeks, and the flu also triggered his asthma, so my normally-unstoppable kid was wiped out. It was so hard to see him like that and my doctor-mom hat had me really anxious about how long it was taking him to recover. Let me tell you, working a ton and not being able to be at home with him was thee WORST. My heart breaks for any parent with a child who is seriously ill, or in and out of the hospital. Thankfully, Natey went back to school last week and is back to his self :-D

The Job...

Last weekend I finished my seven-week GYN Oncology rotation. It was an all-consuming rotation that was hard on all parties in my household, but we made it! I feel like my surgical skills got a serious upgrade, and I learned a ton taking care of some wonderful patients.

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In January, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Annual Meeting for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine in Las Vegas. It was amazing. So many brilliant people from all over the world coming together to share their ideas for women's health advocacy and improving pregnancy care. I also got to experience my first Cirque du Soleil show "O", and we saw Celine Dion in concert - it was a blast!

SMFM Photobooth fun with my co-residents 

My rotation now is in the outpatient clinics. It's a refreshing change of pace, including more sunlight and more family time. JOY!

This weekend, I headed to Orlando to present my first research poster at the annual meeting for the Society for Reproductive Investigation. The hubs was able to come along too, which makes it the first child-free trip we have had in maybe 6 years...Terrible I know. Hopefully, this is the first step to doing better... I had so much fun presenting my poster and walked away inspired to keep figuring out my role as a physician researcher. This girl has got some plans ;-)
 

Daytona Beach!


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The next top priority on my agenda is finishing my Resident Research Day Project that will be presented in May and preparing for fellowship interviews! AHHH!!

The 30x30 Mission...

I finished 12 weeks of BBG last week! I started working out around October 31st. I am 10lbs and a dress size down, lost 3 inches on my waist, and I must admit, my muscle gains are kind of the bomb! #Flexin

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Most recent pics below...

  

I'm planning on starting BBG1 again, and working on eating better with this next go-round. Currently shoving pizza in my mouth as I type. Prayers please...Summer body, I'm coming for you!

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Hope you all are well! Now that we are almost through the first quarter of 2017, join me in taking inventory on where you are with your goals for the year. It's the perfect time to re-focus and re-strategize...

Talk to you soon!

xoxo
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