I missed my one year blog birthday last week. Happy Birthday, Science of Mom!
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AND this little post here is my 100th post! I get nervous every time I press the “Publish” button, so I’m proud that I found the courage to do it 100 times in the last year.
One of the greatest things about writing regularly – whether in a journal, a baby book, or for a wider audience – is that it offers the chance to marvel at how much has changed over time. In the last year, BabyC has grown in ways that simply blow my mind. But that’s true of all children, and there are tangible milestones for evidence – physical size, motor skills, language, etc. Compare a couple of photos, and her growth is obvious:
BabyC at 9 months
- At 21 months
My growth as a mother and as a writer has come more slowly and in more nuanced ways. Read more
I’ve been working on responding to reviews of the last paper submitted from my postdoc work. This process is never fun, and this one is especially tough because I haven’t thought much about this project since I submitted the paper a couple of months ago. I’d much rather be working on this blog, and I have a long list of cool sciency parenting topics that I can’t wait to tackle, but I’m trying to find the discipline to spend a few hours a day revising this paper. And a few hours a day is all I have at the moment. It is a pain, but I need to get it done and get it done well.
On the other hand, I’m trying to appreciate that this peer review process serves a vital purpose, and my paper will be better for it by the time it is published. It isn’t a perfect system, but it certainly goes a long way towards ensuring that scientific data are published with integrity. If you aren’t familiar with this process, here it is in a nutshell: Read more
I thought I should take a moment to update the blogosphere on who I am and what I am doing here. I started this blog last June when I was a pregnant postdoc, working in a lab at a major research university, where I was studying the effects of gestational diabetes on the fetus. After a couple of posts, the blog fell by the wayside for about a year. I got busy with trying to get as much work done as possible before the baby was born and with trying to get enough sleep, which has been a losing battle ever since. Once BabyC arrived, my world of course forever changed. I muddled through the first few months of being a mama, alternating (minute-to-minute) from being overwhelmingly happy to overwhelmingly tired to being generally overwhelmed.
Things that get in the way of writing when you are a stay-at-home, trying to be a work-from-home, mom
I’ve been trying to work on an honest-to-goodness sciency parenting piece of writing. When (not IF, note the confidence here!) I finish it, I’ll post it on this blog. This particular piece is about iron nutrition for babies transitioning from a milk diet to solid foods. My baby hates cereal, in fact hates eating anything with a spoon, and I’ve been fretting that she isn’t getting enough iron since I can’t feed her that disgusting fortified baby cereal (Preview: I did enough research today to ease my fears a bit, but you’ll have to stay tuned for the fun sciency details.) My goal is to write pieces like this on a free-lance basis for parenting magazines. You can laugh if you want. Or if you have any advice about this dream of mine, please let me know. I’ll write more about my plans soon, but first let me tell about why I’ve made so little progress today. If you are a parent and/or a writer, I’m sure you can relate.