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1 Dec

We just got home from a festive Thanksgiving weekend just outside Mankato, Minnesota, where Ari got a chance to see grandparents, meet a HUGE amount of family (including another set of great-grandparents), and basically get spoiled non-stop (so many new faces, toys, and foods!).  It was special, though we are certainly happy to be home and thrilled to not have airline travel plans with our daughter anytime soon (our patience and bank account could use the break!).  (I mentioned many times this weekend: poor second child is going to get shafted in terms of travel.)

Some of the highlights were 21 people breaking bread and giving thanks together around a massively long table, Ari reading book after book with her great-grandfather (rather, him reading them to her, at least for now), and the antics of a dog named Buddy.  The low point was definitely the food poisoning.  I didn’t know my body could produced so much bile so quickly.  In all seriousness, though, it happens to all of us at some point or another, and I am ridiculously thankful that it happened while I was in a comfortable home with grandparents who were more than happy to take care of my child while I lay curled around the toilet.  It could have been so much worse.

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Unfortunately, due to illness and studying, I got close to no pictures over the weekend, so below are snapshots of our few glimpses of peace on the travel home.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time before the age of two years, but I kind of feel like on an airplane, when it’s nap time and your toddler is practically pulling her hair out being constrained on your lap, most anything goes.  Is 15 minutes of “Ten Little Numbers” on repeat to get her to sleep really going to do any lasting damage?  (If so, please let me know!)

photo 2 (8) photo 1 (10)photo 2 (9) photo (80)Aurelia’s brief slumber gave me a chance to skim the Obstetrics chapter in USMLE Step 2 Secrets, which I sorely needed.  How pathetic is it that I’m doing the worst on the OB questions in my step 2 q-bank?  I missed a question on prenatal testing yesterday…I mean, aren’t I in the middle of all that, for the second time?!  Maybe I’m exercising some defense mechanism by not learning too much about what I’m experiencing on the patient side of things…the opposite of intellectualization; maybe thought suppression?  (You’d never know I was scoring better on the psych questions…)