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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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Nesting with a Toddler
Uploaded: Aug 9, 2014
Right now my energy level is higher than I expected it to be. Some people would call this "nesting." While I do have the desire to clean, organize, and otherwise prepare for baby's arrival, I am spending most of my extra energy playing with my son.
I've started to count down the weeks until he is no longer an only child. Every outing is becoming a little bit more meaningful - this may be our last trip to the museum/water spray park/zoo with just the two of us.
Since I expect that this energy spurt will be short-lived, I am also directing some of this extra energy toward putting new life into my son's "forgotten" toys (why not make our home as interesting for a toddler as possible before baby arrives).
I've loved seeing my son's creativity in action. We've transformed stacking blocks in parking garages. Foam mats into tunnels. And cones into animal cages.
How did you use your "nesting energy" the 2nd+ time around? Have you ever successfully revamped any old forgotten toys?
What is it worth to you?
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