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!