Today is a particularly rough day juggling 2 toddlers, potty training, house chores, writing and researching new materials. After a long dinner, I’ve given in to my inner voice and resolved to turning on the TV to DisneyJr. to keep my kids engaged while I take some much needed me time to write and blog my thoughts. Days like these are long, says Gretchen Rubin, but the years are short. Revisiting Mama Phd’s blog, I am comforted by the journey of these courageous women who shared their mothering, academic and writing voices. As a young research scholar, I remain ambitious about the possibilities in pursuing a career in academia. But as a mother, I am equally fulfilled by being home with my children, witnessing their little personalities develop, learning and exploring with them, and teaching them how to read, write and count. These past four years, I have learned so much more about what it means to really love, show compassion and empathy, sacrifice and deny ourselves. I have grown in ways that I never thought possible, and as I continue to grapple with the mystery of raising toddlers (and eventually teenagers…and young adults), I continue to seek wisdom from women who have gone through this path. Doc Moms or otherwise, we are all women trying to make the best of our life decisions and choices. Together, let’s continue to support each other, share our voices so that even if the days are long, we see the light at the end of the tunnel.
p.s. As I was about to publish this post, I noticed a trail of potty accident from the living room to the dinning room. Arghhh! This is turning out to be a really really loooong day.