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>Career Moms: Preparing for My Return to Work

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Being a mom of multiples can be quite stressful at times, especially when mom has blogs to run, jobs to interview for, classes to pass, a weight loss plan to maintain, and a full sized family to look after. My days would be at the least overwhelming for the average person, and if it were a job most people probably wouldn’t come back the next day. I knew my life was going to change dramatically with the addition of twin boys. Every aspect of my life is different now, and this blog is one of the many ways that I maintain my sanity. 

Finding a balance can be quite difficult at times, and I’ve learned that everything will not always go as planned. Soon I will be incorporating a return to work into my crazy schedule, and I will need to balance my papers for school around the children and the job. I am determined to get an Executive M.B.A. degree within the next few years. I returned to school six months after I had my two year old, and I attended part time during my pregnancy with the twins. I am now 8 classes away from graduation with an A.A., in Communications. Early next year, I’ll begin my three year accelerated B.S. and M.B.A. program in eMarketing.

This Tuesday, will be my first day back to work in over a year, and I’m both excited and anxious about returning to work. I can’t wait to have adult conversations again, but I know that I’m going to miss my babies. As much as I may complain, I enjoy singing songs with Marli and the boys everyday. I also enjoy teaching them new things because their little minds are like sponges. Not a day goes by in my house without practicing numbers, the alphabet, colors, shapes, and vocabulary words. Once I return to work, I’ll have to maintain our daily fun and learning practices to keep a sense of normalcy for the children. I don’t want them to ever feel like I’m too busy to spend quality time with them. Jason and I are very hands on with our children, because we don’t have a lot of family close by to offer a helping hand. I would never want to weaken the bond that we built between our little family. 

I’m optimistic about my new career path, and the future that lies ahead, We have a lot of exciting things happening in the next few months. The next few weeks are going to be insane, but I’m sure that we’ll be able to adjust. I’ll let you all know how my first week went, next Sunday. Boy, I have to get used to having a full time work schedule again. I’m Super Mom! I can do this, and I got this. Bring it on!


>Makeshift Nail Salon in Hospital NICU

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According to the L.A. Times, “officials have placed two Olive-View-UCLA Medical Center staffers on paid leave after “allegations that they had participated in a makeshift beauty salon atop medical equipment in the ward for high-risk newborns.” And it gets weirder:
Perhaps not shockingly, this isn’t the only instance of “substandard care” alleged against the neonatal ICU via anonymous tipsters. There are more general charges, apparently, of understaffing and incompetence. But the salon allegations are, somehow, especially damning.
Said the complaint, “nurses and doctors through the shift get their manicures, eye brows waxed and nails filed…The smell of acetone permeates the back area of the NICU.” One doctor allegedly “had a French manicure right on the high frequency ventilator.” So, yes, that does imply not merely presumed neglect of the baby patients, but also the presence of harsh chemicals – to say nothing of hot wax and files. Acetone is highly toxic to anyone; I wouldn’t think you’d need to be a doctor to guess that it doesn’t do the compromised immune systems of high-risk newborns any favors – but apparently scores of medical professionals were okay with it! Indeed, according to the LA Times, even members of the the hospital’s’ infectious disease staff were clients. Why not add a smoking lounge while they were at it? Wouldn’t those babies have enjoyed a little gin with their formula?
In a statement, the hospital’s CEO said,

“Olive View-UCLA Medical Center takes this situation very seriously and we are aggressively investigating the allegations…The first concern of the hospital is always patient safety and quality of care. We comply with all state and federal requirements. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides safe, high quality care to our youngest patients.”

That said, Carol Meyer, the chief network officer for the county’s Department of Health Services, says no babies were harmed as a result of the salon (which, we might add, despite probably being unusually clean, did not technically meet any state health-inspection requirements) and said that
“there’s nothing to notify parents of unless we verify something.” However, we see settlements in someone‘s future. And some seriously ragged cuticles around UCLA.


>Patience and Potty Training

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Big Girls Use the Potty!

I finally have my 2 year old on a regular potty training schedule, after a few months of her playing with the potty. Marli sits on the potty after each meal she has during the day, and once right before bedtime. At first, I was getting a little frustrated because she wouldn’t sit on the potty long enough to actually do anything. Then once I got her to sit long enough, it seems like she would just hold it until I put a pamper back on her. This potty training thing was really starting to frustrate me, and having newborn twins to look after was not making the situation any easier.

I knew that I needed something to help me get her potty trained a little easier. Since my baby girl loves to look at pictures in books, I figured that finding a potty training book would be my best option. I ended up finding a cool girlie potty training book called, “Big Girls Use the Potty.” The book has a cute potty story to follow for girls, with great pictures for her to relate to, as well as a cool potty training chart with reward stickers. Before I read the story to Marli, I let her spend some time looking at the book as she sat on the potty. The book distracted her, from the fact that she was actually sitting on the potty. She seemed to like the book, and she took interest in the fact that the little girls in the book were using the potty too.

I decided that reading to Marli and allowing her to hold the book herself, was the technique that I would be using to encourage potty time. After I included the book along with a few others to her potty routine, Marli has become pretty good at peeing in the potty. She gets a sticker on her chart, everyday that she does well on the potty. The book came with a 40 day chart, to mark her progress as we go along. For the days that she does extremely well, she gets the bigger stickers with the teddy on the potty as a reward. A little over a month into potty training, and my only concern now is getting her to be comfortable enough to relieve her bowels in the potty. I need to try and place her on the potty, right when I think that she’s about go number 2 in her pamper. I’m not frustrated with that fact that she is not comfortable with passing her bowels in the potty just yet. Her 2nd birthday isn’t until the 20th of this month, and I think that she will do it when I least expect it. As of right now, I am happy with Marli’s progress on the potty. I’m just not looking forward to doing it all over again with twin boys next year.