Happy to Announce…
A little over a week ago, I wanted to give yall an update that I have just been granted my full license to practice medicine in Georgia by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. I was going to talk about how licensure was a lengthy process that requires successful completion of all three United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE), as well as completion of intern year of residency, and how before full licensure, residents had to work under a temporary license. However, I did not get to write that post because that very next day, I encountered an even bigger news to share. I am happy to announce that Irene and I are now parents again, to our new daughter, Aria Serafina Ho, born September 2, 2016 in Macon, Georgia, in the same hospital and same city as her daddy.
It has been quite a week, with our 5-year wedding anniversary on August 31, Irene’s birthday on September 1 (and the news of my licensure), and now Aria’s birth on September 2. I took a week off work to take it all in. Now is the time that Irene and Lyra needs me the most, as Irene recovers from her repeat C-section and as our first daughter Lyra is figuring out what is going on, like why mommy now has a big boo-boo on her belly and who this new baby is. While Irene focuses her attention on nursing Aria, I put more attention to making sure Lyra understands that she is loved. Being two years old, Lyra has not yet fully understood that Aria is here to stay, and has been slow at warming up to her. There are times where she struggles to hold onto that attention, showing us her boo-boos and wanting kisses to make her boo-boos feel better, and even regressing, such as wanting to go back into the crib to sleep, even though we have long transitioned her to a bed. However, we do our best to empower Lyra to be the big sister that she is now responsible to be, encouraging her to behave well and be a role model for her little sister.
When choosing a name, we wanted a name that would complement Lyra’s name. First, let me give you a little bit of background on Lyra’s name. Lyra is Greek for “lyre” or “harp,” and it is also a constellation. In the northern hemisphere where we live, the Lyra constellation appears in the sky starting in April, which is when our first daughter Lyra was born. So on Lyra’s birthday, you can look up at the sky and see a pattern of stars shaped like a harp, the Lyra constellation. For our new daughter, we also wanted a similarly musical or astronomical name. We also wanted a name that was short and simple to say. Aria sounded like a good fit. Aria, which is Italian for “air,” is a solo song in an opera, probably named for the airy and celestial way it was originally intended to be sung. It is our hope that our daughters will grow up to be musical (or at least expressive in some way), and have a love for science, like their parents.
13 thoughts on “Happy to Announce…”
Aw, congrats Dr. Ho! I have followed your blog since your first day at AUC and its awesome to see where you’re at now! As a Med 4 student at a Caribbean school, your blog has been a true inspiration and motivation that one can go, graduate from a Caribbean medical school and become a successful medical doctor.
Thank you for sharing your life & experience!
Thanks for reading Nathalie, and thanks for sharing your blog too! I wish you the best in the rest of med school and best of luck in the Match!
Benji! Congrats on getting your license!!! I also see that the family is getting bigger!
Thanks Kwasi! It’s been a while. Hope you’re doing well man.
I met you with Irene and Lyra at one of AUC’s visit in Atlanta.
You gave me additional insights on the school as I wanted to apply.
Congratulations for the birth of Aria! Beautiful name…
I wish you the best to Irene and yourself with work and family!
Yes I remember! I hope you are doing well Morenike!
Thanks for sharing Benji!
Congrats on your full licensure and Aria’s birth!
Life seems to be happening so fast! I’m sure you and your family are enjoying the ride!
AUC MD Candidate August 2018
Congratulations! I am sending best wishes to you and your family.
Congrats on all your success! I will be starting at AUC this May and am wondering why only some of the buttons for the Notes are click-able and the others not. Not sure if it’s intentional or if my computer is acting up. Thanks.
Hi Tiffany. Congrats on your acceptance to AUC. Your computer is probably working fine. I did not complete the Notes section, hence the unclickable buttons.