Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Part-Time Pediatrician

I am a pediatrician working part-time and mother to a 4 month-old and a 6 year-old.  I work 3 days a week.  My husband is a physician working full time.  Below is a typical work day.
 
5:15 AM Wake up, try to sneak out of bed without waking co-sleeping baby, shower, get dressed
5:45 AM Eat breakfast, take a pill of lecithin to prevent plugged ducts (I must hold some sort of record for having the most number of plugged ducts by 4 months post-partum)
6:00AM Call hospital to find out how many newborns to round on then call other docs to come in if reinforcement is needed
6:30 AM Get to hospital and round
7:50 AM Pump in NICU pump room while reading Us Magazine
8:20 AM Drive to clinic and start seeing clinic patients
12:30 PM Done with AM clinic, answer Mommy calls, Pump, drive home to kiss baby a million times and have lunch
1:30 PM  Start seeing clinic patients
4:00 PM Pump
5:30 PM Done with seeing patients, answer Mommy calls
5:45 PM Pick up 5 year-old at After-School program
6:00 PM Make dinner (I have help with making dinner on work days), play with baby, help 6 year-old with homework, wonder why first-grade homework is so demanding, try to keep baby awake until hubby comes home
7:30 PM Baby is now irritable and wants to sleep NOW, hubby comes home and spends a bit of time with baby, I put baby to bed
7:45 PM Eat dinner
8:45 PM Hubby and I help 6 year-old floss, brush, pick out clothes for next day
9:00 PM Pump then time to relax!!!  TV, internet, read for fun
11:00 PM    Bedtime
1 or 2 AM     Baby up to nurse, change diaper
3 and maybe even 4 AM     Baby up, sometimes I nurse, sometimes I don't and just let him settle down on his own, depending on how tired I am
 
Yes, I am exhausted but feel so privileged to be able to work part-time.  On my non-work days, I get to play with my kids all day long.  It is truly having the best of both worlds.     
 
 

5 comments:

  1. Just curious - what the heck is the 6 year old still doing up at 8:45pm??

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  2. That's wonderful you feel that you have the best of both worlds. Sounds like exactly the right balance for you and your family. Good for you.

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  3. I also cosleep with my baby - and am just so glad to hear that a fellow MiM is doing it too (a pediatrician no less!)

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  4. I too admire your balance!

    I can empathize with the plugged ducts - I usually waited too late and agonized with steaming hot showers, vigorous massage (if that's not too much info), crazy nursing positions, and cabbage leaves. Sometimes I thought my breasts would be permanently misshapen for life. Relief was so sweet.

    I co-slept for 3-4 months with each of my kids - had to with nursing. It was so wonderful.

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  5. Amazed that you are still nursing. So many women give up when they go back to work. Of course, as you know, it's the best for your wee one!

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