Originally Posted by The Milk Bag
I haven't done medical school with a newborn yet and also haven't started clinical stuff yet so I can't really give too many tips - but so far the main thing I've done is be home with my kids as often as I can. I study at home instead of at school and frequently have two kids snuggled up with me while I'm reading.
BF'ing will be a challenge for me this time - I was a SAHM until DD2 was two years old so I never had to pump or be away for more than a couple hours at a time. Hopefully when I start rotations, the residents/attendings won't mind too much when I need to take breaks to pump. I'm also worried about DS being willing to take bottles and breastfeed since both of my girls refused bottles.
I'm on bedrest for the duration of my pregnancy which is going to make the beginning of this semester very interesting. My dean has given me the option of spending a year doing research if it gets impossible to keep up with classes at home. I am really debating just deciding to switch to this now. On one hand, I'd love to be home more often during DS's first year and have him be over a year old by the time I start clinical rotations. Plus research would certainly help when I apply for residency. On the other hand, it's an extra year accumulating debt and part of me just wants to get it over with! Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Thanks for all the info. I totally think the first couple of years in med school are conducive to being a mom and spending a decent amount of time with your kids. I've said several times to DH that it is too bad we didn't start our family sooner because I pretty much always study at home, and I don't usually go to lecture
, so I spend a lot of time at home already (not always studying like I should be!)
Sorry to hear you're on bedrest now. I think the research option is really good one, but like you said, it puts another year between you and graduation, not to mention the extra monetary cost. But, at the same time, research won't do anything but give you a leg up when it comes to the match, and you won't have a newborn and dealing with your 3rd year of medical school, which we all know is notorious for being the most time-consuming year. If you can finish up your second year and take Step 1 and then do research for a year and then start your 3rd year, that sounds like a pretty decent option.
Can't wait to hear what you decide to do!