64 days until graduation!!! (Yes, I am counting down.) I have so much going on right now, but I just keep telling myself I'm almost there. So school wise, I am working on my thesis project and am in the process of writing my literature review right now. I have to defend my thesis in order to graduate with honors and I am planning on doing that in the second week of April. Once that is complete my only worries will be to continue to support the person within the research project that is implementing my nutrition curriculum, continuing to work on my internship research and taking my last nutrition class. My internship is going well but I am definitely struggling with motivating myself to do the work on a day to day basis. I have to complete a certain number of hours over the semester and I am not nearly close enough to completion yet so I have work to do. I completed my half semester online class last week which is a relief, one less thing to worry about. I have work to put in the next few weeks but I GOT THIS!!
I am now 25, almost 26 weeks, along in my pregnancy now and our daughter is getting big. (Yes, we're having a girl!!) My last ultrasound at 18 weeks showed that she measured 12 days larger than gestational age. It does not sound like a whole lot, but anything over 10 days is considered significant. Following my next appointment I will be getting another ultrasound to see if she still measures that large and if she does, my doctor may actually change my due date. It is not something that OBGYN's like to do but she does not want to risk me going into labor since I have already had 2 c-sections and hard labor could put me at risk for uterine rupture. I can't lie, I'm kind of ok with having her early for 2 reasons. 1) I am already rather large and I will only be getting larger at a much more rapid pace than I already have been so I will want the baby out ASAP by then. 2) My husband has 3 straight weeks of basketball camps in June beginning on the week I am due. I'm ok with the basketball camps because I know how important they are for the future because the allow him to network with other coaches but that means I need our little girl to come early enough so that he is home for a little while before being gone. I'm crossing my fingers for the last week of May or the 1st week of June.
So the past 2 days I attended a pre-med conference held by two local medical schools (both of which I'm going to apply to) and I am so glad that I made the decision to attend. I was able to meet representatives from both schools and from an additional school I am considering as well as getting more information abut the application cycle for this year and the whole process. I was able to talk to some current students and I will hopefully be connected to other Mommy Doctors who are currently in school. I am really wanting to find out how they juggle everything and still find time for their little people. Being able to ask questions, being in the environment of those 2 schools and seeing people who are doing it has really lit a fire in me and made me excited about the next step of becoming a doctor. Am I still nervous? Yes! Is it going to be super hard? Yes! Am I still scared? Hell yes!! But I know I can do it and it is still what my heart wants and where my path is leading me to.