4.02.2013

Mom with a white coat

Thanks to wiws link ups etc i found quite a few moms who are also wohm like me.
Colleen is hosting this link up.... Thought I'd join the fun!

What do you do for work and why do you work?
I'm a pediatric neurologist in training. I'm 1/3 done with my last year of residency.
I work because I've always wanted to be a mom and a doctor. School was number 1 in my life until I met my husband and we got married. Now I know who has my number 1 attention and love!
I always joke that if I started dating Derrick before med school, I'd probably not go to med school anymore and just start having babies!



Did your mother work?
Yes, she did (and she's still working). She commuted to the city which is 2 hours away to teach engineering at the University of Santo Tomas when I was a baby. She was gone Monday to Friday. She didn't change diapers till her grand kids were born! Fact!
My grandma did all the work when my sis and I were babes.


Lola smothering her grand kids with kisses

my typical work day...
It has changed since my first year of residency almost 5 years ago. For the better!
I used to work 70-80 hours a week, sleeping at the hospital every 4th night.... From 7a-5p on regular days and 7a-1p next day {or 2:30p some post call days}
Now i start at 7:15a when there's morning report
8a is the start of a clinic day or day in the wards depending on the month
Noon we have lectures
See more patients in the afternoon
Then hopefully done dictating or writing notes by 5-5:30p
When I'm on call now, I'm at home! Yippee!



What's the best part about having a job?
Helping other kids



What's your least favorite part?
Leaving my little ones



What would make your life easier?
Once I'm working part time! I hope it will be a good balance of working and being at home with the kids.
Honestly, working full time is manageable. I have a great support system. My hubs most of all is the best!
My in-laws and mom also lend a helping hand babysitting kids so Derrick and I can go on dates or leave for a weekend (or a week!)



How do your children handle their mom's career?
They are handling it pretty well. I haven't missed soccer games or dance recitals or anything. They're still little...
Daniel is soooo used to having just daddy cause I worked so much in his first years that he is genuinely surprised when I'm there and daddy is still at work. Although I'm a bit hurt that I'm absent mom....



Do you feel supported in what you do?
Absolutely. My mom, husband, friends and family support my crazy chosen path. Derrick knew I could not just be a stay at home mama. Even when I was adamant to not finish residency after having Daniel. I just wanted to spend all waking and sleeping moments with my little boy.... Then Isabel came. Gosh, she's a different battle. It was actually a break to be outside the home... Derrick was right. I found out pretty fast I'm not made for household chores --- because I don't like them!



What are your future goals when it comes to work/motherhood?
As long as I can pay my med school loans and send my kids to school, I'd like to work part-time. I also want to be involved in my kids' school. Maybe even volunteer my time. I've always enjoyed teaching. I can be a school teacher helper. Or a chaperone when the kids go on field trips!


kids visiting mummy at work when I had in-hospital calls

What are some tips that help you balance it all?
Prayer
Taking time for self
Quality time with my husband... Who's número UNO above the kids.
Like what we learned from our pre wedding retreat: he and I are the poles holding up the laundry clothesline. Our kids depend and hang on the clothesline of our love and marriage. He's my partner and I should always place him as most important!





3 comments:

  1. You seem to be doing a wonderful job as a mother and doctor. Congrats.

    ReplyDelete
  2. thank you LupeYVida :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you so much for linking up! I am amazed by anyone who goes through medical school and residency - but to do it while having babies is even more AMAZING!! My brother and sister are doctors, and you all work so hard and don't get enough respect. That is so great to think you will be able to work part-time at some point soon, your life will seem so much easier! And I love what you said about your hubby being number 1, we feel the same way and I know that's what makes a happy family. Thanks again for joining in!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comments!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...