When I get home from work, I quickly greet my three-year-old twins and tell them mommy has to go upstairs to change out of her scrubs. Truth be told, yes, I really do need to change my yucky, stinky scrubs, but I also need a few minutes to decompress. After a long day of operating and covering labor and delivery, followed by a hectic drive home from Galveston, I can start feeling some kind of way!
I think they have caught on to my scrub-changing smokescreen, though. They now want to follow Mommy upstairs and “hang out” while I change, which has forced me to start locking all 5 doors separating me in my bathroom hideout from my precious littles. Unfortunately, my latest effort to guarantee 5 minutes of solitude did not last long. When my sister called the other day while I was changing and asked what I was doing I replied, “I am hiding from my kids, but I hear them coming!!” Before I knew it, the door swung open and in came little Sydney. “Hey, mama! What you doing?” I immediately felt guilty for keeping her out as soon as I saw that sweet smile and heard that little raspy voice. My heart just melted. I gave her a hug…and gently pushed her back on the other side of the quickly re-locked door to get my 5 minutes.
It’s just 5 minutes, y’all!!
To read the entire article written by Dr. Shannon M. Clark for Houston Moms Blog, click here!
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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