career perspective

19 Nov

Okay, so I’ve decided to use this new mom-time for my educational benefit (not that I wouldn’t be forced to anyway…this thing has a steep learning curve, yo!).  Whenever I get frustrated that I’m not getting any work done, I’m going to remind myself of all the ways the day-t0-day will help make me a better pediatrician.  (Yeah…I think I want to be a pediatrician, but I haven’t ruled out ED or Ob/Gyn…so if you can make a case for either one, hit me up!)

John says that the last month has been hugely informative for him regarding labor and delivery and normal, well child health.  Recently, his ED got all geared up for a woman who was presenting in labor, thinking that she was close to delivery.  When she arrived, John took one look at her and relaxed, thinking, Dude, I’ve seen imminent delivery, and that ain’t it!

Right now Aurelia is going through a growth spurt, apparently.  Did you know newborns/infants had growth spurts?  (In peds talk, newborn = birth to one month, infant = one month to one year…so as of Saturday, Aurelia is officially an infant!)  We did not.  But she is slamming milk like none other, and my breasts feel like they might rip off my body.  She is also tracking to midline, maintaining eye contact, AND lifting her head to 45 degrees while lying on her stomach (the last one is a two-month skill!).  And to think, all those developmental milestones I struggled to memorize for the peds shelf exam…  The rest of the medical knowledge I amassed this year…questionable at best.

Struggling to stay awake during Doctoring:


10 Responses to “career perspective”

  1. Jill November 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    It’s going to be so much fun to babysit an infant, as compared to the newborn we saw a couple of weeks ago. Though we liked that stage also.

  2. phantomdiver November 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    SUCH a cute baby! But then you already knew that. 🙂

    • annaojesus December 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      but she loves to compliment–thank you!

  3. Mary Ann November 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I found those growth spurts went on the threes for some reason..three weeks, six weeks, nine weeks, three months, six months, nine months and a year. Same kind of thing happens (though I could never see a pattern) with “developmental” growth spurts. Just about the time you are thinking this kid will never turn over he/she rolls across the room. Aurelia is just letting you know she has lots of surprises in store (and that she sets the pace). Can’t wait to meet her.

    • annaojesus December 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      This makes so much sense! Today I babysat a three-month-old, and his parents were saying the same thing! Two babes chowing down together–don’t know how mothers of twins (or triplets!) do it!

      I am so excited for all of her surprises…I’m trying so hard not to look ahead and appreciate the now, but it’s tough. She just outgrew a bunch of her clothes; John and I are getting nostalgic already.

      She cannot wait to meet you! Love you!

  4. Rosie November 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    This website ( helped me a lot when I was nursing my first – lots of moms have no idea what a growth spurt is, and many mistakenly take the extra nursing to mean they don’t have enough milk. A lot of doctors don’t even know about growth spurts and end up recommending formula supplementation, which tanks mom’s supply even more… So I vote you be a pediatrician, because you’ve got firsthand experience! I have a friend who’s a pediatrician and works part-time in her practice so she can stay home more with her 18-month-old – not a lot of specialities are so family-friendly, but obviously there are other factors that drive the decision 🙂

    You are doing awesome! I can’t imagine keeping up with med school with an infant in the picture! Hopefully Aurelia lets you wear her so you can get more done around the house & get out of the house more easily. We are doing a LOT of babywearing these days 😛

    • annaojesus December 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

      Yes, you are the third mother I truly trust who has recommended this website–must visit! And great advice, thank you!!

      I spent 5.5 hours babysitting my friend’s infant child…for the 2-3 hours I had both infants by myself, I was a little terrified. I don’t know how you do it, Rosie–you are a rockstar! I tried so many maneuvers, and I just could not hold them both at the same time :/ I was briefly able to breastfeed while giving the other a bottle, but my technique needs tweaking, for sure! Keep on with your super-mama self! Thank you again!

      • Rosie December 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

        I don’t know how I’m going to hold them simultaneously when they get bigger… It’s not too bad when they’re small enough to pick up with one hand, but eventually they’re going to get chunky and squirmy and I’m going to be in trouble!

      • annaojesus December 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

        Not to mention the fact you have two other small ones who probably want lots of hugs and snuggles (as they should :)). You’re awe-inspiring.

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