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Lives of Doctor Wives: Introducing - Portia!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Introducing - Portia!!

I am married to a wonderful, although largely absent, PGY4 orthopaedic surgeon. Since giving birth to our daughter last June I have postponed a full-time career to be with her. I love being with her, but lately I'm beginning to feel stir-crazy too. It's been tough, and I have recently begun seeking support and friendship to help mitigate frustration and loneliness. Anyway, I say all of this because I want you to know that finding the blog..just reading the postings...made me feel so much better.

Portia- Welcome!!! Have any great advice ladies????

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Blogger TheFamousStacie said...

When I quit my job to stay home with the baby I was a stir crazy mess. I am very achievement oriented. I wasn't going leave my baby and go back to work, but there is a lot of down time with the first one.

I ended up filling the void by going back and getting my Masters Degree. I went to class one night a week and took a couple fast track weekend courses.

I nursed the baby and would even leave class to go nurse the baby and come back. I talked to all my professors about it first and all were very supportive!

Now I have 3 and there is almost no down time! I am so glad a took that opportunity to enhance my education.

March 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome, Portia!
When I had my first child, I found myself getting stir crazy after he started moving around and wailing when he didn't like something. I would say find things you can get out and do that are for you. Last year (I have 2 boys now--5 and 2) I got a membership at a gym with childcare. I used it almost 5 days a week. It got me out of the house, healthier, and the kids had interaction with others besides me. I now work at that same gym so I see my 2 year old all morning in the nursery, but he gets to play with his friends that he has made. He loves it, I love it, and we are all happier that way.

Blogging, facebook, talking with friends who understand what we are going through, and an occasional girl's night out have helped immensely. I would also do playgroups with the medical alliance in our area.

Good luck!

March 7, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I'm also new to this SAHM thing and missing my career/adult interaction very much. I found a few other resident's wives in our town that have small children as well. We get together once or twice a week which is great for the kids and the moms. Unlike my other friends, they know what it is like to be both a mom and a resident's spouse. Welcome, Portia!

March 7, 2010 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Melisa said...

Welcome Portia! This is a great place to get support and a listening ear!

March 7, 2010 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Kathi the wingspouse said...

I'm with you, Portia. That's why so many of us become regular volunteers in schools, community organizations, church, etc. That's also why I became a wingspouse. Just find something you're passionate about and put your whole self into it. You don't need a paycheck to measure your value.

March 11, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Beth Hollenbeck said...

Welcome to this wonderful blog, Portia! I, too, am an ortho surgery resident wife. My hubby is a PGY2 and I have two boys, ages 4 and 2. I chose to work part-time as it gives me a great life/work balance, which in turn makes me a better wife and mom because I feel more balanced. I admire full-time SAHM Soooooo very much, and a part of me wishes I was better at it! This blog is a great outlet and all of us ortho wives where I am have a scheduled playgroup once a week, but usually meet much more often. We live in a fairly temperate location, so we spend a lot of time on mommy/stroller walks and playtime at the parks with picnics.

Congratulations on the arrival of your daughter! I envy your one year remaining in residency and fellowship, if you husband is choosing to do so :) Glad you are here!


March 12, 2010 at 8:10 PM  

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