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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We weren't sure how adding a newborn to the mix would change our experience at places like Gilroy Gardens. Before we went as a family of five I was planning to call Gilroy Gardens to figure out if there were any rides we would need to skip or any issues we might run into now that our kids outnumber us.
However, when we had a free Sunday, we decided to just wing it. And luckily the day went quite smoothly.
While I enjoyed the outing, it was definitely my husband and two oldest kids who got the most out of the visit. They were able to go on all of the rides we usually go on. Baby and I tagged along on the carousel and the train, but did little else. It's bittersweet to watch these joyful experiences from afar. But I'm glad my kids enjoyed some quality time together and with their dad.
Our toddler is constantly asking us when her baby sister will be old enough to join in on the fun. I know that day will come sooner than we all expect.
Thank you Gilroy Gardens for a wonderful day.