Reading… The Dinner – psychological thriller – yes please! I was reading The Emperor of All Maladies – but needed a break with something lighthearted and fun. I’ll go back to Maladies eventually; it’s an interesting look at the history of cancer. But sometimes you just need some mindless fiction. Also starting to peruse Bringing Up Bebe and trying to understand if the French really do know how to do it. I want this kiddo to be a little adult – eating what we eat, behaving in public. Apparently, French kids do this already… Can’t say I knew that before, because let’s face it, you (I) don’t really pay attention to how people raise their kids before you have them yourself. I was never super interested in others parenting styles. At the least, Bebe seems to be an easy, funny, entertaining read so far. Much better than the dry “what to expect” and “your baby’s first year” type of books that are still sitting on our counter. Do we really need to read these?! I feel like we will figure it out… Probably famous last words.
Feeling… This baby kick! What a crazy, surreal feeling. And seriously, how does something the size of an eggplant have that much strength?! To imagine it only getting bigger and stronger inside my belly is exciting and ominous at the same time. It always seems to want to move around when I want to close my eyes. Also feeling slightly more energetic. While I’ve managed to avoid the nausea, vomiting, and other GI ailments of pregnancy, the fatigue has intermittently hit me hard. It was mostly in the first trimester, but this past week was tough as well. How do pregnant women with children already at home do it?! I could not get off my couch and out of my bed last week…
Eating… Everything. Except alcohol and sushi and deli meat. Yes, still drinking (limited) caffeine and eating soft (pasteurized) cheese, and poached eggs. Did a bit of research with the help of some obgyn friends – turns out, there’s not a ton of data/medical literature backing all of these things up that you aren’t supposed to eat. So I’m doing everything in moderation. Otherwise, I haven’t had any weird cravings, and I seem to just eat the same way I was eating pre-preggers. I was really hoping I’d have a strange food fetish. Nope. I still want cheese, milk, pizza and chocolate gelato. Yeah, I’m super healthy… Although I have been forcing myself to eat more fruit – almost 1 serving daily! Massive improvement for me.
Celebrating…And Studying… 1 full year of being post-residency work. Can’t believe I’ve been an attending physician for over 365 days. I’m a little less terrified driving to work everyday, and feel a ton more secure in my practice. But there are still difficult days. And hopefully in a little more than a month, I’ll be fully board certified. One. More. Test. (It never ends)! Oral boards late September, then (as long as I pass) I’m done test-taking for 10 years!
Reminiscing… About our fun trip to Nashville a few months ago. I was going through old photos on my camera and came across these. I can’t believe I haven’t posted photos since before April! We explored the little shops of Leipers Fork. Went to the eclectic hangout that is Pinewood Social ~ a bar, restaurant and bowling alley – with amazing non-alcoholic drinks!!! Went for a hike – Nashville is beautiful! And of course, played with our doggies – they became best buds. We also ate like royalty, had the best ramen of my life, and went on a brewery tour (obviously). Missing our Nashville friends terribly.