Mother’s Day 2014

I’m sitting at the dining room table, munching on french fries, leftovers from friday night’s dinner, trying to chew quietly as I listen for any sounds of little children who might be attempting to boycott their naps.  The husband is at the hospital working on an emergency case. This is how I am spending Mother’s … Continue reading

End of Maternity Leave

My maternity leave is quickly winding to an end.  Where did the time go? As I get closer and closer to returning to work, many friends and family have asked me, “So how do you feel about going back to work? are you ready?” I always have to pause and think about how to answer … Continue reading

Mommy Superpowers

Ever since I have had my own kids, I realized that I’ve acquired a new set of skills that I never thought would be possible.  In fact, I like to secretly refer to these skills as “super-powers” in certain situations involving small children.   Without further ado, here is a list of my Mommy Superpowers, … Continue reading

The Piano Lesson Legacy

Recently I enrolled my daughter in piano classes.  These “lessons” for preschoolers consist of 45 minutes of music theory in the form of small group singing, dancing, and games, along with another 10-15 minutes of one-on-one time with the teacher at the piano. A couple of weeks ago, the children were each given an assignment … Continue reading

Pies, Tarts, and Croissants, oh my!

As I have mentioned before, I’m married to a wonderful husband who loves to cook and enjoys preparing delicious fancy meals for me.  This past Thanksgiving, as usual my husband did all of the cooking while I played with the kiddos and hung out with the family.  There was one change this year though, my husband … Continue reading

Redefining sleep-training

I have a confession to make. Last night when my husband was asleep, I put my crying newborn within millimeters of his face, just to see how he would respond. The response?  Nothing.  Not even a flutter of an eyelid. Isn’t that amazing? I don’t consider myself a light sleeper.  I used to think I … Continue reading

The Big Sister Syndrome

I’ve gradually been noticing my little 4-year-old daughter C develop symptoms of  “The Big Sister Syndrome”. It probably started when we announced to C that she would be getting another younger sibling.  She began to point out things that she could do independently, such as pick out her own outfits in the morning, go to … Continue reading

Chief Complaint: Fatigue

During one of my last days at work before maternity leave, an older male patient came to see me complaining of fatigue.  During the appointment, he looked at me and said, “Well, I guess it [the feeling of tiredness] could be all related to being a parent.  You see, I have a 1.5-year-old at home. … Continue reading

Pain Control

“On a scale of 1-10, where would you rate your pain?” the nurse asked me. “Ummm. a 7.”  I answered, somewhat sheepishly. “So you need something for pain right now?” She quipped with one eyebrow raised dubiously. “Well, not exactly.  I’m not in pain…at this moment, in between contractions.  But when the contractions come, it … Continue reading