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Life Changes and Being a Mom (again)

I cannot believe it has been over 1.5 years since my last blog post. So much has changed (for the better!) and it has taken a while for us to get adjusted. So here's a rundown of what's happened since Feb 2021:

We found out we were pregnant in April 2021.

I interviewed for a new job in May 2021.

We went to celebrate our friend's birthday in Tulum in July 2021.

We got the job offer in July 2021 (while in Mexico!)

We got our house ready to be listed for sale in August 2021

Moved to Denver, CO from our hometown of Houston TX in Sept 2021

Our teenager started 7th grade in Colorado in October 2021

I started my new non clinical (!!!) job in October 2021

Our baby Stevie James was born on 12/9/2021!!!

That's when life just slowed down (intentionally)

Although even taking FMLA and leave was a process for me, it worked out how it was supposed to. I took leave until Feb 2022.

In the meantime, our house still has boxes packed up from the move (everything is bigger in TX and we couldn't part with everything but also do not have space for everything). As such, much of my podcasting equipment is still packed up with nowhere to put it for the time being. We did unpack our workout equipment which I've been able to use thankfully.

I have so much to share in terms of my transition to non clinical work, finding my health/fitness postpartum, being a mom (again) over a decade later and how that feels/is different, and so much more.

But what I wanted to just briefly share today is that our baby just turned 9 months old a few days ago, and my baby goal was to make it to 6 months breastfeeding. We surpassed that. Then my reasonable goal was 9 months. We just surpassed that. And my final goal is 1 year of breastfeeding! As we get closer to the finish line, I am so so amazed that we have made it this far. I can't even describe how it feels as a working mom physician to be able to get to this point with my little babe. I was so overwhelmed as a resident with my first baby that all I could do was make it to 6.5 months. I still celebrated that of course! But I want time to slow down now and I deeply cherish this time with my (perhaps last) baby. There is nothing like it. I'm grateful for all the mamas who have donated to me their milk to help me supplement my babe to get him to that year mark. This time is irreplaceable.

More to come soon on my transition to non clinical work and I have ideas on rebranding/revamping my podcast!!

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