By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Uploaded: Oct 7, 2013
We've all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, in the Silicon Valley it takes an entire peninsula. Anyone would be impressed by the overwhelming number of activities and resources available to parents in Palo Alto. But the best resources are our fellow mothers, fathers and nannies - aka "mommy friends."
Although there are world-class activities just around the corner, I find myself driving to San Francisco, Mountain View, Half Moon Bay and everywhere in between to hang out with the mommy friends I've grown nearest and dearest to.
These are the mommy friends who forgive you when you don't notice a new haircut or glasses.
The mommy friends who listen to you rant weekly about your kid's sleeping, eating, and teething habits.
These are the mommy friends who understand why you need a babysitter, nanny or morning off even though you are "just a stay-at-home mom."
These are the mommy friends who "ooh" and "aah" at your little one's milestones. Be it as minuscule as trying a new food or as monumental as walking.
These are the mommy friends who remind us that we aren't terrible mothers when our babies only eat cheerios for a week, don't sleep through the night, or scream their faces off in Whole Foods. We've all been there.
These are the mommy friends who've heard birth stories countless times, but will listen to each other retell them over and over again whenever the topic arises (and during the first year, it always arises).
These are the mommy friends who are our better judgment when we are sleep deprived. There are days when all we can do is drag ourselves out of bed. There is no possibility of intellectual conversation coming out of our mouths, but these mommy friends enjoy our company anyway.
These are the mommy friends who will raise your child with you. So although challenging at times, what better way to spend our days than driving all over the peninsula to be surrounded by support, love, tears, and, of course, laughter.
What is it worth to you?
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