Friday, April 6, 2012

Guest Post: Britt from The Magnolia Pair

Hey y'all ! I am Britt, and I blog over at The Magnolia Pair!  I am so excited to be blogging over here at Valerie's blog while she is enjoying the sunny weather of San Diego, lucky girl! Today, I am going to be talking about my life as a medical student's wife! I am excited to give you a little inside look of our wonderful but not so glamorous life.


On July 16th, 2011 I married my high school sweetheart of 5 years! We went on our honeymoon to San Lucia for a week of pure bliss and returned on July 23rd. We were so sad to leave this place of relaxation and peace. The look on my husband's face explains everything I am about to tell you.


After landing back in New Orleans 12am on Saturday night, we headed back to my parents house to open our wedding gifts, packed them in the car, and headed out to our new home in Alabama at 2pm on Sunday. We arrive at our home around 7pm that night. After a long drive we went to sleep. Bright and early on Monday morning I dropped my husband off for his first day of medical school! What a whirlwind, right? 

Since this moment I have started a new job, adopted a puppy, made new friends, and adapted to our new lives in Alabama. None of this was easy! When we moved here we did not know anyone, I did not have a job, and we did not have any friends. We adapted quickly, and after 8 months of living here, we have begun to really like our new friends and this new place. 


What I will never get used to is the schedule. The life of a medical school wife is not glamorous by any means. It is a rough time and it is hard on your marriage. On average I see my husband about 2-3 hours per night. If it is the week before an exam, then I may see him for an hour per night. The day after the exam, pure bliss and happiness.. oh and unlimited time with each other :) 

I don't understand the perception that people have when they say they want to marry a doctor because it is not what they think it is. I wouldn't trade my life with my husband for anything, but I won't sugar coat it for you, it really is hard. I have more time on my hands than I know what to do with. Blogging, working out, cooking, cleaning, and relaxing consume my life and keep my busy. Another thing that is challenging is getting by financially. It is obvious that my husband does not work and that I am the only one bringing home a paycheck. We have learned a lot from this and really appreciate the little things. If I can figure out how to coupon, I would do it in a heartbeat! 

We are learning a lot right now, and have to take it day by day. This journey doesn't just end after medical school, it continues through the next 5-7 years after during his residency, fellowship, and internship. The great thing is that though this life is hard, I am enjoying every moment of it. I am humbled by how much God has worked through our marriage so far. He has blessed us with so many great things such as friends, a job, and most importantly he has given my husband the patience & strength he needs to do well in school. I think faith and love have made this journey go so smoothly. Staying positive is key, and I try not to ever lose sight of that. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I have been wanting to give an inside look into our life for some time, and I thank Valerie for giving me this opportunity to share it! 

63 comments:

It's A Love Story said...

so true! when people hear the word doctor all they think of is that they make alot of money. Im a nurse and I see just how much the doctors work its a 24/7 job. your always on call and busy. Good luck to you guys!!

XoXo
Elizabeth
http://theelegantlifeofe.blogspot.com

Page Twenty-Two said...

I don't know how you do it, girl! It sounds rough to be apart so much! My hubby to be works for the railroad and is away a lot and works weird hours sometimes. I know what you're saying!

Kerrie said...

great post Britt! I totally understand, my husband having completed med school and now in the field. time is precious. Thanks Valerie for having Britt over here! I love you both!

Lauran {The Real Young Housewife of Southern VA} said...

Love the honesty in this post!!! Keep working hard, loving your husband, and being a fabulous wife!! You already know it will pay off in the long run! Keep your chin up, it wont be for forever and it obviously makes you appreciate every little moment you have with him!! xoxo!

Allison said...

Great post...you are smart to not take anything for granted and enjoy your time together when you can! Are you a crazy couponer? Haha.

Tyah Ferguson said...

Love the post! I can relate to ya! I am also in the medical profession and completely understand the consuming hours and toll it places on a marriage. Yet if you stay strong to your foundation life can be complete bliss :)

Molly said...

I completely empathize with this post. For a while I worked at night. It was so hard to only see my husband when he woke up in the morning to leave for work. It truly does get better though.

Michelle said...

Hi there... My husband is also a doctor and doing cancer research. So, I understand how hard it can be. It sounds like you are an incredibly supportive, thoughtful wife. He is so lucky to have you!!

xoxox
michelle

Emily said...

Hi Britt! Great post...I can totally relate! I graduated from med school in 2009 and started residency the day after we got back from our honeymoon! The long and weird hours of med school and residency are definitely challenging...my advice is to dedicate one night a week for date night (ours is friday) and just be the best support you can be for him!

Trust me when I say that it will get better, but it is a loooong road (totally worth it though!).

natasha {schue love} said...

Britt's wedding dress is gorgeous! Loved getting to know her more!

natasha {schue love} said...

Britt's wedding dress is gorgeous! Loved getting to know her more!

Pamela said...

Wow! Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing!!

Laurie @ Rookiewife520.blogspot.com said...

Great post! I think the statement that people are making when they make the comment about marrying a doctor is just that people assume doctors make a ton of money. What they don't realize is that they have to WORK for that money! My husband isn't a doctor, but he owns a rental property management company and he is ALWAYS working and getting calls all the time. It sucks because I have tons of free time, but I've learned to adapt and to enjoy the time I DO spend with him. This is a great inspirational post!

Tara said...

Love it & your adorable blog :)

Sara Holt said...

aww I completely understand! My husband isn't in medical school but he works night shift and I'm a teacher so by the time I get home from work, he's already at work and I leave before he gets home in the morning. But, like me, I'm glad you have learned that if you keep God first, he'll keep it all together (:

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