Monday, July 21, 2008

Mothership

Before I had a baby, I didn't really believe all that stuff people told me about how the baby constantly cries and wakes you up all night. I thought that was just something they added in movies and TV shows for comic relief. And even if the baby woke up a lot, so what? I had survived med school and internship! This was going to be like a walk in the park.

But then I had a baby and OH MY GOD. I didn't understand how any woman ever had a second one of those things. (It did get better though.)

I was recently discussing this topic with a fellow female resident/mama and we decided that between internship and the first month of your baby's life, that first month is much more exhausting. In fact, that first month is not that unlike internship...

10 ways that intern year is similar to the first month of your baby's life:

1. You are constantly bothered by family members who think they know how to be a better mother/doctor than you.

2. As a new mom, you spend 90% of your time in pajamas. As an intern, you spend 90% of your time in scrubs, the pajamas of doctors.

3. In the beginning of internship, you're woken up pretty much every hour. Then as you get more competent at remembering to do things like, oh, sign your orders, you get woken up less. In the beginning of motherhood, you're woken up pretty much every hour. Then as your baby gets fatter, you get woken up less.

4. Even when you finally get to sleep, you remain in a state of catlike readiness.

5. Weekends, as you've previously known them, cease to exist.

6. You deal with poop a lot.

7. Hygiene falls sadly by the wayside.

8. You're constantly worried that something bad will happen to your patients/baby.

9. 99% of your meals come out of a container that says Kraft or Cup of Noodles on it.

10. For once, you sort of feel like you have a purpose.

3 comments:

  1. First month of baby's life is worse than internship, hands down--internship is only every 3rd or 4th night (unless you're in a really draconian residency, and I think it's against the law now anyway). BUT: baby is much cuter than most of your patients, and mostly, even though there's lots of miscellaneous bodily fluids involved, generally much less disgusting....

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  2. For me the sleep issue was that patients and babies don't let you get sleep. After Youngest was born, I was sure that he and Eldest were trying to kill me with sleep deprivation by way of tag-team crying ("She's down - it's your turn - GO!")...much like when the ER pages non-stop during internship. But I absolutely agree with the rest, especially number 10!

    A

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  3. So true! I love the catlike state of readiness. Now that I don't need it any more, I sort of miss it. Made me feel safer at night when Hubs was away.

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