Birthdays aren't a huge thing in my family. Typically we go out for a meal (birthday person's choice - for some reason we've developed a bit of a tradition where it's always East Side Mario's) have cake and a few presents at home.
Even though we don't really do birthday parties or anything, something about the first birthday is special for me. It's the point of transition from infant to toddler and it means that this small person has been part of the family for one of every holiday.
M is definitely a toddler now. She walks, she talks, she has an attitude. She plays jokes and likes to help out and climbs on everything. She speaks in sentences occasionally. Right now one of her favourite words is "Guys!" When she's excited and trying to get everyone's attention to show us something, or when she's trying to find us.
She has probably twenty words already, plus a couple signs. Honestly, she's been the easiest baby and I hope will be an easy toddler. She's obviously going to be an energetic one, that's for sure.
It's really nice being on my family med rotation and having so much time with my kids. Given, I'm also in the midst of CaRMS applications so I do have less time than I would otherwise, but still, I'm finding balance.
I've actually really been enjoying that about this rotation. The family docs all seem so focused on lifestyle, wellbeing, and self-care. It's quite different from the "rest is for the weak" attitude of some specialties.
I went out for a walk over my (hour and a half) lunch today. On a glorious autumn day, I had time for a leisurely meal and a nice stroll. I could have had a nap.
This is awesome.
The resident I was working with today had the afternoon off because she's working an evening clinic.
It's just all so humane. I'm wondering if this is specific to the program or if this is a common family med residency thing. If so, sign me the hell up.
I'm home in the evenings to spend time with my family. I'm waking up at 7:30am, well-rested, and going into work during daytime hours, and I am leaving during daytime hours. At the practice where I am, I am getting to do procedures, and seeing a huge variety.
I've seen several examples now of really fantastic family practices, and I do think I will be able to find my own niche.
My husband is right; it's best for our family for me to do family med. But beyond that, I think it will be really good for me too.
|I made an awesome cake. It was really, really good.|
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