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 my friend’s daughter turned one, she posted an adorable video online. She took short video clips throughout the day to show what a typical day in her daughter’s life looked like. What was their breakfast routine like? What was playtime like? What was their bedtime routine like? I loved this idea so much that I decided to make one for my son.
Almost 9 years later, I love watching these videos with our kids. It is now a birthday tradition for us to watch these yearly videos around each of our kids’ birthdays. What was a typical day like when they were one, two, or three? What songs did we sing? What parks did we play at? What activities did we go to?
I stopped making these videos for our older kids, but I’m planning to make a couple more for our youngest. Her birthday is coming up and this year her video is going to be quite unique. Over the past year she clearly had many of her normal routines disrupted and she had lots of extra time to bond with her siblings. I hope her video this year helps remind us how close our kids have grown through the ups and downs of the past year together.
It’s hard to know exactly what our kids will remember from this period in their lives. But I hope all of the pictures and videos we’ve taken so far remind them that this unsettling year still had many moments of happiness, laughter and love.