Not so fast…
As Mrs ERJ and I are approaching our 5th wedding anniversary, we are rapidly finding that pretty much all of our married friends have kids, are about to have kids or are in the process of making kids (generally, in the privacy of their own homes). However, being a resident as a less than ideal time to have a child. Take this conversation from conference this week.
Attending: ” I’m a first year attending, and my wife just gave birth to our fourth child. It’s been hard to try to have a family while a resident with all the hours we spend at the hospital. It’s better now as an attending, but at one point my four year old asked my wife “Is daddy dead?” (laughter from the residents, thinking he’s kinda joking, but he continues…) The other day I was at baseball practice and was trying to get him to do something and he turns and yells at me “I don’t have to do what you tell me! You’re a stranger”