Andrew Alexander Gomez is due Dec 2. Yes, it's a boy. He's started to kick, and I'm definately showing, so it's becoming a lot more real. The nausea is improved, but not completely gone. I've started to get swollen ankles if I don't wear compression stockings. Also find I need to go to the bathroom a lot more lately . . .
I intend to do the nursery in green, with turtles (which is harder than I thought it would be, given I'm avoiding frogs at the same time). Anyone seen the paint commercial, where the parents are painting the room "Spring Meadow," and it's supposed to be calming, and the wild kids sit right down and start reading when they run into the room? That's the green that I'm going for. Melissa is just about moved out of her room, which will be the nursery, and Victor is moved in all over the place at the moment. Honestly, I'm having stress dreams about organizing and baby-proofing the place.
Also, I was named Intern of the Year, out of our class of sixteen. Comes with a plaque and everything. Now I'm shooting for Chief Resident . . .
Tomorrow I'm headed to Kansas City for the National Family Medicine Conference, which is attended by all the residency programs and tons of medical students. I'm going as the FAFP rep for the program and as a member of the recruitment committee. Recruitment at a booth, sure, why not. Socializing is not my strong point, so I'll have to work on that. Also working on an 80's themed outfit for the one of the social events. Really? The 80's? Fortunately Melissa happens to own a pair of leg warmers and some jelly bracelets. I went out and bought a bottle of hair spray, and I intend to use the whole thing. I tried putting my hair into a side ponytail without any, and it was really pathetic looking.
Victor has officially moved to Orlando, and is jobless for the time-being. He took off for a week in Chicago almost as soon as he got here, so we haven't actually had to deal with each other on a daily basis yet. Honestly, I can't wait. He's planning on working for Habitat for Humanity to build some contacts and some local experience, and maybe get into real estate investing (urgh). He's also planning on staying home with the baby (his idea, I swear!). Given he hates getting dirty and finds body fluids repulsive, I'm very interested in seeing how this works out.
Jane is walking all over, and is starting to climb. She claps and dances some to music. She also can do this adorable thing where she puts her fists to her chubby cheeks in a "aren't I cute?" gesture. She isn't really talking yet, but we are counting "whoa" as her first word. She uses it in context! She can also sing "row, row, row," but she sings that for almost any song these days. So, still utterly adorable. Don't know how Andrew will manage to outdo her, but I firmly expect that he will. I know he'll win in the hair department. Jane isn't bald anymore, but she still doesn't have much to speak of.
I just finished a month of night float, which was actually a lot of fun, at least for the first three weeks. I liked the independence I had, and the lack of rounding definately helped. I liked my week on OB more than I thought I would. The C-sections weren't as bad as I thought it would be, I got three continuity deliveries during that time which was nice, and actually had a bit of fun problem solving and working with the attendings, who were more available than I thought they would be. Medicine was nice because I got to seriously focus on the assessment and plan portion (no dictations! yay for being a senior!) and be very thorough, which was a nice stretch. I also liked making decisions without always having to check with someone. Most of the time I wouldn't chief with the attendings, since I didn't want to wake them up for stupid things. I had three patients start to crash on me, two going septic, and have to be transferred to the ICU. That was a bit more nerve wracking, but a good experience. A bit scary when the decision comes down to you, but rewarding when I figure out that I made the right decisions.
Okay, I think that's about it. My sleep schedule still hasn't recovered, so I'm trying to adjust things so I'm not awake at 3am and dying to go to bed at 4pm. Have a nice weekend!