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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Last month I had the privilege of spending time with our daughters and their great grandparents. My parents took our oldest to a museum while the girls and I had a more relaxing day.
Seeing my grandmother interact with her great granddaughters was truly magical. She was just soaking it all in. She repeatedly counted to 60 as our youngest threw 60 marbles into a box over and over again. She counted as our middle child jumped up and down over and over again in the swimming pool. She clapped as our girls ran down the hallway and performed dances in her living room. She patiently sat and watched us play with Barbies, she read stories to our youngest, and she marveled at scribble drawings. I wish I had her patience day in and day out.
Parenting brings us together. And sometimes seeing someone else nurture your kids helps you appreciate both your kids and that person that much more. Seeing my grandmother adore her great grandchildren and really love all of the simple daily activities that I take for granted reminded me how quickly childhood and life go by. As the new school year begins I hope I can still find moments to just pause, soak it all in, and enjoy.