We have been sick this week so spending lots of time laying down and resting and trying to save energy for getting things like ibuprofen and glasses of water. Don't want to use energy unless we absolutely have to because who knows how we will be feeling at that point? Also handling two rambunctious kids while trying to get better and rest is also challenging. We actually turned on the Sound Of Music yesterday and passed out while the kids sat mesmerized for 3 plus hours. That is one long movie. Thank you Julie Andrews.
It was in the midst of this cold induced fog that my husband crept upstairs today and smiled at me with letter in hand and said, "We did it Baby, we passed our boards!". I felt like I was able to let out a long breath that I had been holding for a very long time. I got teared up and we hugged and kissed and then we called our family and let them know that he had passed.
I know that Gabe took the boards by himself but sometimes I feel like I took them too. It was only 8 years ago that we started this adventure that has brought us to where we are today. And while I know that this is the end of something big, I am sure it is also the beginning of something even bigger.
He studied very hard. I have memories of a man holding a baby in a bjorn and holding notes out in front of him at 4am and pacing back and forth across the kitchen while he carved out alone time with his baby girl and study time. I tried to help him by giving him time to study but there were times when he didn't get to study because family and kids and life just got in the way. And those were the times when he just had to hope that he would be ok.
But that is all behind us now, because he passed and to us he is a big deal. Congratulations Dr. Big Deal!