27 and a PhD

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.


December 2018
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Wow, it’s been nearly 4 months since I last wrote.

So much has changed, for the most part, for good. I hope to share the birth story in a later post, but the gist of it is this: not too long after my last post I was done with being pregnant. I was considered full term and the midwife had said earlier that she’d only let me go one week over the 40wk mark. But before that I was SO ready to be done with pregnancy. I was tired, cranky, I wanted to sleep on my belly … and of course, I wanted to meet our precious baby.

I got checked somewhere near week 40 and was dilated to 5cm! I looked at the midwife, she said I was also 100% effaced, so I asked if I could go to the hospital and she said yes. Up we went. I had my mom with me, and of course, the Mr.

It took the rest of the day to complete the dilation, and I had some health issues which only surfaced then and there, but after pushing for about 5hrs, I met a healthy, hairy, cuddly boy. I didn’t gain weight in my pregnancy (weird, but does happen, especially to plus sized ladies like me), and my belly was gone super fast. The baby was over 8lbs and his cry was music to my ears.

It’s been a couple of months now, and things have gotten much sweeter. He’s a great baby, sleeps mostly through the night, but is not very patient when he’s hungry or when his diaper is wet/soiled. He makes us laugh like crazy, and I adore seeing the world through his eyes. Some of my worries were unfounded (I’ve never forgotten to change a diaper), while I’ve worried about tons of things I didn’t even think of (he’s rolling and loves sleeping on his belly, so I’m constantly checking to see if he’s breathing, also, trimming nails is quite a maneuver).

I’m enjoying motherhood more than I thought possible. We’ve been very lucky with the baby, and our parent’s ability to lend more than a hand. I’ve slept considerably more than I was told to expect (though I’m sure I’ll be going crazy soon when sleep regression rears its ugly head), lost a bit of weight (not a ton, so I’m still way over the weight I should be according to the BMI chart).

Our bug is adorable, funny, curious, and we call him our teenager, since he’s desperate to talk and walk/run even though he’s only a handful of months old.

I’m still not back on Twitter, but I am considering going back. I miss you all so much.

1 Comment

  1. Congrats!!! Glad to hear you and baby are doing well!

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