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, my husband and I alternated sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday. It was a win-win. We both got a break from parenting and a lazy morning at home with our son.
With two kids, it's become a little more complicated. We still try to give each other the morning off from parenting whenever possible. But one-on-one time with either kid takes a little more planning.
During this time, we slow down the pace a bit. Our son usually brings out choking hazards, longer books, or other activities that are difficult to work on with a toddler present.
Our daughter enjoys getting a glimpse at the life of an only child. Whether we go to the grocery store or spend some time playing and reading in her room, at this age she seems to just enjoy our extra attention.
During the weekday these pockets of one-on-one time seem to happen almost organically. One child wakes up earlier, goes to sleep later, naps or just becomes absorbed in an activity on his or her own. But on a busy weekend, these pockets of time are harder to find. We might all wake up early to go to an event, stay up later watching a movie, or our daughter may end up napping on the go.
As our kids grow up and our weekends become more and more filled, I hope we can continue to have these one-on-one times together...even if sometimes these moments have to be squeezed in on a busy weekend.