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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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Almost two months ago I posted about creating an "older kids only
" section in our living room. Although it did help keep the peace, I've been frequently revising our setup as our daughter becomes more agile and more aware of her surroundings. While I was impressed by her determination to push, climb, and cruise along the barriers, she was clearly frustrated. Understandably, she wanted to play with her brother and the toys on the other side.
Our most recent modification has been surprisingly successful...for now. But like all of the other ones, I don't expect it to last forever.
We took the barriers down and instead made a fort for our son. We still have an "older kids only" section but now it is inside the fort and out of our daughter's view. With her brother and the choking hazards more hidden, she is spending more time playing and less time attempting break through the barriers. Let's see just how long this modification lasts...maybe a week?