Tagged with Babies

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

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

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

What the Parenting Books didn’t tell me

I am a total rule-follower and like to read instruction manuals.  So it is not surprising that before my children were born, I did, in fact, read some parenting books, and even reflected on my clinical pediatric rotation experience (mainly stressing out about how I could possibly become a “nicer” parent). Despite all my preparation, … Continue reading

Smitten

My family and close friends know that I am really not a “baby/kid-friendly person”.   Some people, like my best friend V and my middle sister R are just naturally comfortable around small human beings. Their eyes light up with delight at the sight of pudgy thighs and chubby cheeks, where as I, on the … Continue reading

More than just a Mini-me

When my daughter was born, I remember the nurse placing her on my chest.   She looked at up me and gave me one of those fleeting newborn smiles.  I cried tears of joy.  Then I laughed and I couldn’t stop laughing.   It was like having a miniature version of my husband looking up at me. … Continue reading

Above the Curve

My little boy was diagnosed with right-side gaze preference and plagiocephaly (= a flat/lopsided head) at the age of 2 months, and we have been going through bi-weekly physical therapy treatment sessions with him ever since he was about 3 months old to work on his motor skills.  I didn’t realize how much the Asian … Continue reading

Grandma’s wisdom

I had a very lovely Mother’s Day celebration with a leisurely picnic prepared by my husband followed by hanging out at a local playground with the family.  As I watched my little girl giggle and climb the jungle gym while my little boy quietly slept nearby in his stroller, I thought it would be amusing to … Continue reading