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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As our youngest approaches her first birthday, I'm trying to soak up as much of her last weeks as a baby as I can. And she is trying to become a toddler as quickly as she can. She recently got her first tooth and is now trying to walk. I wouldn't be surprised if she starts toddling before we sing happy birthday to her.
While it's bittersweet to say goodbye to the baby years, I'm very excited to welcome the toddler ones. Yes, they are full of their own challenges - tantrums and potty training. But, it was during the toddler years that my older two kids really strengthened their sibling bond.
I was able to start watching their friendship from the sidelines - overhearing conversations before they went to sleep, watching them run off together to come up with their own silly games. Seeing my daughter ask her older brother for help peeling a cutie. Or my oldest teaching his younger sister how to build train tracks.
Right now baby is trying to join in the fun, but she is limited since she can't walk or talk yet. I'm excited to see what games the three of them come up with once she starts chatting and toddling along with her big brother and sister.