Well hello there! Some of you (ok, my grandparents) have noticed that I haven't been writing much on here recently. There's certainly a reason for that. My daughter, Ariel, was born on June 15, and I've had my hands a bit full ever since.
Interestingly enough, she was born on the last day of my OB/GYN rotation! What's more, the delivery was so quick that my wife's OB herself didn't make it to the delivery, and I got to help catch her. I was absolutely shocked and humbled at how blessed we were, with how smoothly everything went. We were actually able to leave the hospital 24 hours after Ariel was born (contrasted with my son's birth, where we weren't done with the hospital for 5 days). Ariel was in perfect health, and my wife's recovery was incredibly swift. What a blessing!
Thankfully, we had planned her birth to coincide with the start of my 4th year of medical school. Fourth year includes 3 "flex months"...months that I can take as vacation whenever I want. I took July as a flex month, and I've been pretty busy on my vacation. Changing diapers, singing and rocking, multiple outings to the pool, the park, the zoo and COSI, among other things. I had to make sure to study for my OB/GYN exam, since Ariel was born during when I was originally supposed to take it. I completed that exam on Friday.
Where to now? Well, tomorrow morning I start my first rotation as a fourth year medical student: I'm doing outpatient internal medicine. It should be a pretty similar taste to my specialty of choice (Family Medicine), so I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully balancing my life as a medical student with my life as a husband and father of now 2 children won't be too difficult. Thankfully, my wife is able to stay home with the rascals!
Well, that's all for now. I hope to have many new stories and observations to write about in the near future!