I ran this post last year for Mother’s Day and the response I got was overwhelming so I’ve decided to share it again this year. Wishing you a Mother’s Day filled with love.  ‘If you knew how great is a mother’s love’, Wendy told them triumphantly, ‘you would have no fear’”. -From Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie   Every mother has a story, and every mother has her own journey. My journey to becoming a Mother starts at my own two mother’s journeys. When I was almost one, I was given up for adoption by my Biological Mother. She realized, at 21 years old, that she wasRead More →

  Happy Thursday y’all! It feels SO good to start posting with some regularity again! Thank you for your feedback on my Instagram- most everyone wanted to hear about Adaline’s birth and my successful VBAC at Duke University Hospital! My second daughter, Everly’s birth was very difficult and it ended in an emergency C-section due to her size and positioning. When we moved here to Durham I found out I was pregnant with Adaline about one minute later (surprise!!) When I called the OB group at Duke I gave them my birthdate and they automatically put me with Maternal Fetal Medicine or “High Risk” OBRead More →

Happy Monday y’all!!! I attempted to do this post last week but I had some major technical difficulties with my site! Everything is up and running now and also…. Baby Adaline is HERE!!! She arrived Thursday 4/19/2018 9am 7lbs 1oz 19 1/4″ long! Stay tuned for more on her delivery! Here are some of my favorite photos from our maternity/family shoot that we did at 38 weeks! I hope you enjoy! Photography by Richelle Bozung My dress: Altar’d State-Similar The girls’ dresses and Flower Crowns: H & M Kids On Tony: Banana RepublicRead More →

Hi y’all! Baby Adaleine is going to be here SO soon! Thank you for your patience on the less frequent blog posts as we nest and prepare for her arrival!  As promised, here is part 2 of Life During Residency! What Makes Residency Challenging The long hours and the scheduling unpredictability There are a few thing that made Intern Year (the first year) and the following years challenging. The first is adjusting to the new schedule. Interns and Residents alike work a LOT of hours. There have recently been regulations put into place to not over-work medical trainees, but it’s still a lot! Tony worked an average ofRead More →

TGIF y’all! Thank you for your patience while I took two weeks off from blogging! It was a much needed time-out and I took time off from social media too! Once in a while I think that’s important! Today’s post is Part One, all about life as a Resident’s wife, and I’m also entitling it “Make it Work” You KNOW I would never lie to you… residency is REALLY hard. Read on.  Match Day: The Big Day Before Residency Begins I really need to start with the match, before residency even begins, because this is a crucial and pivotal time for both your SO’s career as well as forRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! Before I continue our story and share what life was like through Residency, I thought I would share some things that I learned through Tony’s medical school journey that helped our partnership and helped us get through those long 4 years! Live away from campus if you can This was SO helpful for us. As I mentioned earlier, the majority of students in Tony’s class were young and single and they all lived close to each other. We were 27 when Tony started and very much out of the party scene by that point. Living away from the med school bubble created a retreatRead More →

Happy Saturday! Today I’m going to continue what life as a med school spouse was like during years 3 and 4 of school! End of Second Year, the USMLE Step One As I mentioned yesterday, the Step One is the Licensing Exam that all future MD’s take during medical school. You have to pass in order to move forward and complete the program, and if you want the specialty and residency of your choice, you have to really do well on it. Tony took his exam at the end of June 2012. I was about 17 weeks pregnant when he took it. He studied fromRead More →

TGIF! And Happy February! (Winter is almost over! YES!) So, on Monday I shared the back story of how my husband and I met and married and how he decided to take the path to medicine. Today I’m going to share all about medical school and life as the wife of a med student! Before Med School: A Timeline Tony enrolled in his first pre-med pre-req in the Fall of 2005. He took one class per semester that his work very graciously paid for (He was working in Corporate Sales for BOSE Corporation at the time!) Now, getting into medical school definitely goes beyond having aRead More →

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Almost a year ago, I started this blog. I was on maternity leave with my second daughter, and had been sitting on the idea of creating a space in which I can deliver the latest and greatest information about skincare that is evidence based and factual, to take the guesswork out of it for consumers, for almost two years. I decided to go for it, and I can honestly say that it hasn’t been possible without you, my readers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your questions, to all of the wonderful professionals I haveRead More →

“‘If you knew how great is a mother’s love’, Wendy told them triumphantly, ‘you would have no fear’”. -From Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie         Every mother has a story, and every mother has her own journey. My journey to becoming a Mother starts at my own two mother’s journeys. When I was almost one, I was given up for adoption by my Biological Mother. She realized, at 21 years old, that she was not ready to become a Mother and that she felt I deserved better and more than she could provide. She drove me to the Department of Social ServicesRead More →