Monday, June 30, 2014


      Remember when I told you that I was supposed to work the day after I had Charlotte? Well, in the delivery room I called the head of the residency program (after I had seen her, of course), and told her that "sorry, baby came early so I won't be at work tomorrow," and I was told that I needed to find myself coverage for the next day? Now THREE, yes THREE of the categorical surgery residents (people who are actually going into surgery, unlike me who was doing a required year of preliminary surgery before anesthesia) are pregnant.
      I am really happy for all of them because Charlotte is the best thing that has ever happened to me, but I can't help but feel a little satisfied as well. Everyone made a very big deal when I told them I was pregnant. They were nice about it, but many people were sure to point out that nobody (nobody!) in the surgery residency at this hospital had ever had a baby. I think I started a trend. Ha ha ha. I wonder if they will make each of them find themselves coverage if their babies come early, and/or make them come back to work a week later.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Intern Year..........Check

      I am done. Done with surgery. Done with intern year. It is honestly a little anti-climatic. I left work on Friday as if it were a normal day and I was going back to that hospital ( I will be doing the anesthesia portion of my residency at a different one) and going back to surgery as if I were off for the weekend or something.
      I honestly can't believe I made it through the year. I was not expecting to do surgery instead of medicine, and I was terrified when I started. It was honestly just as hard as I thought it would be. This has been without a doubt the hardest year of my life (but the BEST because of little baby girl Charlotte). Throughout the year when I saw a "Help Wanted" sign at a place like Starbucks, I honestly gave quitting medicine and working there some serious thought. Having Charlotte at home made going to work every day 100x harder.
      I am so grateful to the people who have supported me throughout the year. I never ever could have finished without the help from Matt (aka the best husband on the planet), my amazing parents, my brothers, and my friends, especially my best friend Ellyn. I love you all. Thank you. I know you will all support me and be just as understanding as I start anesthesia (which will be better for EVERYONE.....I promise).

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Charlotte is a TV Star!!!

       My little girl is already a star. She was chosen to be on fox news to help demonstrate baby equipment. I randomly sent her pictures into a casting call, knowing that I was not off from work and could not take her on the day of the segment. I thought she had a very small chance of being chosen (not due to any lack of cuteness), primarily because  I was sure that there were hundreds of applicants. I was extremely (and pleasantly) surprised when I received the news that she was chosen!
      At first I thought that we would have to turn the opportunity down, or I would have to have my mother take her by herself, because Matt had to work and so did I. However, the other resident on my service was nice enough to let me take his overnight shift on Sunday, so I could leave after rounds to take her to be on the segment on Monday morning.
      The experience was so much fun! Charlotte was the youngest baby there, and she was chosen to sit in the Rock a Roo, a special baby chair. She has the Mamaroo, another similar chair by the same company, so she was used to sitting in that type of chair. I was a little bit nervous that she would cry, which she only does when she is tired or hungry (sorry, she really is an angel, likely because my mom takes such amazing care of her). When you put her to sleep or feed her, she stops right away, but I was unsure how to coordinate the timing with her naps/bottles without throwing her completely off schedule. I tried to feed her a bottle right before we went into the green room, but she kept refusing.
     When we arrived in the green room and I was setting her up in the chair, Elizabeth Hasselback came over and introduced herself and shook my hand. I didn't even realize who she was until after the fact because a) I never have time to watch the news in the am so I did not know she was on fox and not the View anymore, and b) I was so busy paying attention to Charlotte in the chair. She was super friendly and nice during our limited interaction. She is so so beautiful in person!
      Thankfully, Charlotte did great and did not cry at all. Only one of the babies did, so they had to pull his mother on the set with him during the segment. He refused to sit in the high chair he was supposed to be demonstrating. Charlotte was very busy and interested in looking at the other babies, which I think means she needs a little socializing with other children her own age. I can't wait to sign her up for some classes (music, little gym, etc) as soon as July hits and I have more time. All in all, it was such a fun experience (my mom came too), and we will forever be able to tell Charlotte that she was a little tv star at 5 months old.

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