I am officially on a leave of absence from medical school. With a new baby coming soon and not having moved yet to our new location, I just cannot survive school right now. Regular school, yes. Medical school, no. I was spending six hours daily driving which is just not doable. I was passing on the short term, but I know once this baby comes, I would sink. I do miss school a lot, but it wasn’t good for my health. The school was great and very understanding about taking a leave. Next year, I will be a little ahead of the game since I know how labs and testing go. I can also do all the pre-labs for anatomy before school starts, and I have all the lecture notes to study from to get me really prepared.
Currently we are almost 36 weeks pregnant. Our baby boy is approximately 5 lbs and 7 ounces according to ultrasound, has some hair, and his big lips. I have some pre-eclampsia going on, so I have non-stress tests twice a week now. My 24-hour protein is >500 which is more than I would like. My blood pressure has been slowly creeping up, but hopefully, I can keep it under control. I bought a few things for the baby, and I consider myself mostly set for him to arrive. I hope he stays in there at least for another couple of weeks, though. I want him nice and plump.
D1 (8.5) has officially become a teenager. He stays up all night playing Clash of Clans with kids from his school and sleeps until after noon. D2 (6) is such a great help at home. He does everything that I ask without complaining. He is doing well reading, but I need to practice with him more. D3 (5) is very excited to start kindergarten soon. D4 (2) is not so keen on the entire potting training thing, but she is a talker! All the kids have been spending a lot of time at the beach swimming.