Working Moms (warning: less pictures post!)

Life in 2020 has become so demanding and trying to keep up with that stressful routine is so difficult when your a single person. So how can being a working mother be successful? As I always believed, life is all about priorities and if you set your priorities straight you will succeed in life.

For a working mom who has a career to maintain, it is more challenging because you have a duty to the years you spent on studies and internships but also you are responsible for the tiny creatures that you brought into this world.

Children are very fragile in their first years growing up and moms are key individuals in shaping their personalities and turning them into the persons they ought to be. If your children are your priorities then forget about excelling at work and you definitely should postponed that career breakthrough for the moment. But that’s just me. I had so much hard time thinking I can tackle both jobs and be great at them but somehow found out the ugly truth; I will always give less in something if I wanted to perfect the other. And to be honest, I’ve always been a family person and I cherish the relationship I have with my parents, siblings and now with my husband and precious daughter (also soon my little baby boy), so I took the decision to give more into motherhood and at some point everything else will fall into place. God has a perfect timing for everything in your life!

God has a perfect timing for everything in your life!

As long as I am performing well at work, not neglecting my patients and work mates then I’m perfectly fine. I’m so proud to call myself a good housewife, excellent mom and most of all a kind, giving person.

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Recipe: Maamoul

Maamoul is an Arabic cookie filled with date, walnuts or pistachios and sometimes with almonds and they are usually made on Holidays/Eid season.

It’s mostly a cookie dough that crumbles, shaped into balls or flattened with special wooden molds. I’m sharing a recipe that’s been in my family for ages, Tried and tested so here we go.

For the dough you will need:

  • 3 cups of ghee (butter flavor if possible)
  • 1 Kg of Fine semolina
  • 1/2 Kg of rough semolina
  • 1 and a 1/2 tsp of active yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

That is all you mix and you let rest for 1 hour at least.

I remember my mom would make big batches of maamoul but for some reason my siblings and I we would only eat the walnuts filled cookies and leave behind the rest.

Date filling:

  • Date paste (you can make that by processsing dates)
  • DAsh of cinammon

Walnuts of Pistachio filling:

  • Half a Kg of ground nuts
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup rose and lemon flower water

I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed the taste.

Yours Truly…

The Mother Doc…

Flu Season in Doha

It’s Flu season in Doha, again! and it seems to be the case all year long.

It’s been a very frustrating week for me and my husband with my little baby girl sick still until this day. Kids get sick all the time especially with all sorts of viruses but this time is different for us, high temperature lasting for more than 5 days, night and day, sleepless nights, coughing and nose running. And the worse part? you can’t do much.

We took her couple of times to the emergency room where they confirmed it’s a viral infection and that all we needed to do is dropping the temperature with ibuprofen and paracetamol, saline solution to clear her nose and that’s it.

Today she’s doing better since last week, still has runny nose and coughing but no fever, so far!

Bottom line is that most infections encountered in Doha are viral and what I have learned for the last 7 years here, is that healthcare professionals in general and in Doha specifically, prefer to wait before prescribing antibiotics to rule out a bacterial infection. Which is totally understandable with the high rise of resistance to Antibiotics. Viral infections are treated for their symptoms and bacterial infections with antibiotics, that is why patience is key with the viral infections as they take time to clear.

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The way that children interact means that infectious diseases can quickly spread, they will have close physical contact with other children through play, put objects in their mouths and may not always cover their mouths through sneezes and coughs. And because in early childhood their immune systems are still developing, they are more prone to those diseases than others.
Simple steps can reduce the chance that childhood infections spread to other people in the family and in childhood education and care services, and to vulnerable people in the community.

Steps include:

  • Staying home when they’re sick
  • Getting vaccinated when available
  • washing their hands well and using hand sanitisers
  • avoiding interaction with other kids especially through saliva contamination and breath.

Below is a very explicit chart of those steps and more.

Introduction

Welcome to my home.

My name is Stephanie.

To get started I would like to introduce myself a bit. I’m a working mom who, like many women out there is trying to manage between two amazing jobs. Being a mom and being a working Dentist.

I’m an expat in Qatar. This is my seventh year here and it has been great and challenging at the same time. Having to tackle a house, a kid, a job and an amazing, supporting husband as you expect cannot be easy and believe me there were lots of ups and downs but at the end, believing that with the strength that God gives us, we can do all.

So let’s keep this short, hope you find my blog as interesting as I’ll try to make it be.

Yours truly, Mother Doc…