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 I was pregnant with our first, I read a lot of books and articles about pregnancy and labor. But, looking back, I wish I had been more informed about the benefits of hiring a doula, having a birth plan, and normal newborn eating and sleeping behaviors.
When I was pregnant with our second child I read a lot about how to help our son adjust to becoming a big brother. I was thankful to have a doula, birth plan, and postpartum doula to help us during the transition from a family of three to a family of four.
This time around I'm focusing on taking care of myself before baby arrives. I went to the dentist, got my hair cut, enjoyed a massage, bought a new phone, bought new non-maternity clothes and invited friends over for dinner.
The last few weeks of pregnancy can, depending on the day, feel like months or mere seconds. I feel very lucky to be able to take some time for myself before baby arrives. Before scheduling these appointments and making these purchases becomes a bit more of a challenge.