An Open Letter to My Babies On My First Day Back to Work

By
Shannon M. Clark, MD
|
June 25, 2020
An Open Letter to My Babies On My First Day Back to Work

Dear Sydney and Remy:

Today is a big day!

Today you turn 14 weeks old, and mommy is going back to work.

When I got up this morning, it was raining and dreary. It seemed appropriate, though. I told myself Heaven was crying so I didn’t have to. The truth is that I cried on my drive to work. In fact, I have been holding back tears all day long.

I have been with you every day of your precious lives. I know every inch of your tiny little bodies. I know every cry, every whimper and every coo. I know when you are hungry, mad, happy or sad. I know when you have a dirty diaper. I know your poo faces and sleepy faces. I can tell when you want to be held, and I know by the sound of your breathing when you finally fall asleep listening to the beat of my heart. I know when you are going to wake up, and I know when you are fighting sleep. I know when you want me to talk to you, and I know how to calm you down.

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Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.

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