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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When our son was younger, birthday parties usually felt like one large play date. Many took place at the park filled mainly with people we had just seen earlier that week.
Now that our son and many of his friends are turning three, birthday parties are sometimes not only a chance to celebrate but also an opportunity to reunite with friends whom we haven't seen for awhile.
This year was filled with new siblings, preschool, classes, and busier schedules... all making it more challenging to meet up during the week. A baby sleeps through a park or play date. A toddler gets sick. A baby doesn't sleep well at night. Or our kids are just on different daily routines.
Luckily many of our friends make attending birthday parties a high priority - one mom even brought her 10 day old baby to a birthday party over the weekend. That takes motivation!
I'm looking forward to a summer filled with many celebrations and reunions. What better way to welcome the preschooler years.