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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Our oldest kids are in school for a significant part of the day. I’m enjoying larger chunks of one on one time with our youngest. When the school year started, I expected to use this precious time for lots of outings, books, songs, games, and pretend play.
However, I quickly realized that our youngest truly enjoys playing with her older siblings. She’ll play with me, but she would prefer to play with her brother and/or sister.
So, while we are going on outings, singing, dancing, reading, etc., I’m also using this time to clean, shop and get everything organized for the rest of the day and week. It’s so much easier to do these chores with one toddler rather than 3 kids.
It’s always hard to figure out exactly what chores to do and when to do them. Who will get the short end of the stick? But, thankfully, our youngest is still at an age when a donut makes a trip to the grocery store exciting and a leisurely stroll down the toy aisles makes a Target fun run.
And now both of us are super excited for brother and sister to come home so we can stop running errands and instead focus our time and energy on play.