The best thing about turning 30…

I turned 30 over two months ago.  I never dreaded saying bye to my 20’s.  Don’t get me wrong.  They were GREAT.  But mainly because they got me to where I am today, which is every bit awesome and I wouldn’t change any aspect of my immediate life at the moment.  So when my 29th year came to a close, I welcomed my third decade with all the excitement that watching your career take shape brings.

But turning 30 meant so much more than truly welcoming the start of my professional life (goodbye, residency!!!).  Because that night, after celebratory drinks with my friends and dinner with Jeffrey and my parents, I found out that Jeffrey and I were exactly 5 weeks pregnant.  So HELLO to a waaaaaaaaaaaay more important aspect of life than my beautiful amazing fulfilling career ever will be.  Hello to the prospect of parenthood.

That night, I showed Jeffrey the faint pink line on the pregnancy test.  He agreed it was a strong contender for a “positive result.”  Then we had some bizarre discussion about sensitivity and specificity and false positives.  “How likely is it that the sangria I drank earlier is making this positive?”  We handled it in a very nerdy Morning Report “Journal Club” style, if you ask me.   Then we went to bed in a weirdly half-shocked, 95%-skeptical way.

The next day, I made sure not to drink sangria.  But a new pregnancy test showed an unmistakeably dark pink line.  Still, “What are the odds of two false positives in a row?”  I told Jeffrey I wouldn’t believe it until it was diagnosed by a physician… after which he quickly reminded me of his M.D. status and diagnosed me with Pregnancy.

And fear set in.

Three weeks later, an ultrasound on my belly revealed a healthy-looking heartbeat.  The fear turned into laughter!  Being that I’d been formally “diagnosed,” we shared the news with our unsuspecting parents and brothers, and swore them to secrecy (which was really easy for the future grandmas, as you can imagine).

And four weeks after that, another ultrasound revealed a fully-formed tiny human, 6 centimeters long, stretching 2 arms and 2 legs and moving around the black and white screen as if to say:  “What? I’m really busy in here.”

For all the amazing things I get to see every day, nothing was more surreal than that moment.  Our baby already had visible lips, and hands and feet!  And a forehead with an uncanny resemblance to his/her dad’s…

So a journey that 10 weeks ago began with skepticism, followed by fear and shock, quickly turned into reassurance and excitement after telling our families.  And today, after sharing the news with the world, it has turned into complete impatient happiness.  We are not ready for what lies ahead, but we are ready to dive into it head-first.

So now, without further ado…

Baby Rhodes

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High Five!


❶ my amazing new jewelry storage/display solution

Happy weekend to you all!  Today I decided it’s time I bring the High Five series back.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s a great excuse to pull out my camera toys, and it’s the best way to make myself think of the little things that make me happy.  Here are my top five favorite things at the moment.


❷ Davines Sea Salt Spray… helping me bring sexy back one mohawk at a time ❷


❸ my new nifty-fifty; thanks, Jeffrey! ❸


❹ finally in my closet: the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans; Sienna Tomboy by Lucky Brand… TJ Maxx, you have my heart ❹


❺ scoping out new DIY projects for the coming months from the loveliest of lovely DIY books, by Erica Domesek ❺

For more High Five posts on DotS, come right this way.  Have a good one!

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DIY: Rope vases

It rained all weekend, which can only mean one thing: IT’S NOT COLD ENOUGH TO SNOW!!!  IT’S SPRINGTIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!  (Silver lining, everybody… Silver lining.  Even if it did sleet today.)

Because I have been ready to welcome spring for a while now, I DIY’ed a project to help me bring springtime into our home.   Continue reading

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Happy Match Day!!!

It’s been three years since I last wrote about Match Day.  THREE YEARS!!!!!  Today is The Day.  Today, all across the country, 4th year medical students come together AT THE SAME EXACT TIME to open up the envelopes containing their fates for the next several years of their lives.  Today they learn where they will begin their terrifying (but mostly epic) journey as residents and, therefore, as real doctors. Today is the culmination of 24+ years of interminable study, blood, sweat, and tears. Continue reading

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My giant lesson from 2013

We originally meant to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays with my parents and brothers in Boston, but an unexpected family situation led to a drastic last-minute change in plans: My parents cancelled 4 two-way tickets to Boston, and Jeffrey and I flew to my hometown in Mexico.  The flight home was less than ideal.  Continue reading

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Insta-album: Cozy winter grays


Today marks the start of my 5th week in the pedi intensive care unit (and the start of a week of nights, to top it off).  I’m exhausted and ready to see my family for the holidays.  I woke up dreading tonight’s shift.  One of our patients is having open heart surgery today, and let’s be real here: no resident wants to be on at night when that happens. Continue reading

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Bookshelf: The Kite Runner


“I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.  I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the valley near the frozen creek.  That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it.  Because the past claws its way out.  Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”

-Khaled Hosseini, “The Kite Runner”

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that clinches me with the first line, and I can’t put down until the last.  Continue reading

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DotS gets a facelift

Over the past few days, DoctorOnTheSide (DotS) has been getting a much needed facelift (the blog, not the blogger!).  If you logged on and found things to be looking a bit unusual yesterday, that’s because I am in no way code or computer savvy, and more times than I intended, I majorly screwed things up.  At one point, DotS had a giant picture of a camel in the header up top.  I am not joking. Continue reading

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Down the Cape

Perhaps the greatest thing about living in Boston (besides the inherent awesomeness of the city itself) is its proximity to so many amazing places.  So when Jeffrey and I learned the dates for our next vacation break, we were quick to plan a trip “down the Cape”… because apparently that’s how New Englanders say they are going to Cape Cod.  So we loaded our bikes and luggage in the car and a short hour and a half later, we found ourselves in one of the most picturesque places the country has to offer.  And it didn’t hurt that the fall foliage was in full swing! Continue reading

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Insta-album: 350〫ten minutes, or “seeing your BFF 2 and a half years of residency later”


You know how sometimes you meet someone and you just know they are going to be in your life forever?  Well, 15 years ago, that happened to me.  His name is Cullen and I call him Francis. Only I can call him that.

He’s more than a friend. But not like a brother.  Maybe we’re kindred spirits? Continue reading

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