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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 a toddler drops a nap, it can take awhile for everyone to adjust.
When our son started dropping his nap, I was pregnant with his sister and unsure how I would manage a newborn and a toddler who doesn't nap. While I tried holding onto his nap, he was clearly happier when we just let it go.
Our daughter recently started dropping her nap and I'm letting her nap when she needs to and skip it when she doesn't. Luckily, she is slowly dropping her nap and giving all of us, especially me, a chance to adjust.
The biggest adjustment for me has been switching my focus from spending long periods of quality one-on-one time with each child during the week to spending longer stretches of time with all three of us together or letting our kids spend more quality time together as siblings while I cook, clean, check emails, etc.
A toddler dropping her nap is definitely another reminder for me to take advantage of opportunities while I can. I never know when our toddler will take her last nap while I read, play and chat with her older brother - a part of my day I will truly miss.