Who is PharmaMama?

10 Dec

Being a pharmacist is a pretty interesting job. You get to see the very best and the very worst of society. You meet people who astound you with their courage and zest for life, and others who astound you for all the wrong reasons…

I’ve been a pharmacist since 2007, but have been working in pharmacy for about 16 years now. I often wonder how I’ve stayed in the industry this long, when so many others become jaded and disillusioned. For me, it all comes down to location – working in Melbourne’s colourful and crazy bayside suburb St Kilda. Over the years I have had the pleasure of helping people from all walks of life, ranging from locals who have lived in the area for 70 plus years to young families, sex workers and drug addicts. I’ve certainly mixed with some fantastic characters and faced many challenges. However, no challenge has been so great as that of entering the wonderful world of motherhood…

19 weeks ago, Mr Wonderful and I welcomed Boy Wonder into the world. While everyone tells you that your life will never be the same again once you’ve had a child, you can’t truly understand just how life changing it is until you’re in the thick of it. I come from a pretty big family – 3 older siblings with 7 children between them. Mr Wonderful has 2 siblings and 4 nieces and nephews. So to say I’ve got experience with babies and children is somewhat of an understatement. Add to this all my years of experience in pharmacy, the textbooks I memorised through my uni days, and the countless pieces I have written on infant health issues for various clients. With all this experience and theory behind me I thought having a baby would be a breeze. What could possibly go wrong?

The main lesson I have learnt over the past 19 weeks of having Boy Wonder, and the 9 months of pregnancy beforehand, and the 6 months of trying to conceive following a miscarriage at 10 weeks is that this whole baby thing is hard work! You can have all the experience and theoretical knowledge in the world behind you, but it’s a whole new ball game when you’re in the thick of it yourself. And that’s why I decided to start this blog. To be perfectly honest I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, but as blogger and journalist Sarah Wilson wrote in her blog earlier this year, “Enter the fray. Step in, get messy, work it out from there. Just enter.”

And so, here I am. I have entered the fray and am ready to get messy. I am going to attempt to share my journey through motherhood with you out there, and mix in a little of my expertise as a pharmacist as well. I hope you enjoy…

5 Responses to “Who is PharmaMama?”

  1. @_Mr_Wonderful December 11, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    Well Done Ren, it’s great you’ve started this. I believe in you as a mum and enjoy your writings, so I look forward to stumbling on this path with you, parenting Boy Wonder, and then reading about your insights. I’m so glad you’re a pharmacist, I’ve already learnt so much from your knowledge and instincts, and you’ve got so much to share with other new parents, so between that and Boy Wonder’s party tricks, this should make for a really interesting and enlightening blog. Blog on!


  2. @Pharma_Mama December 11, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Thanks for your support Mr W, this is going to be fun!!!


  3. Ev December 12, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    Wow what an awesome blog – and such a great title too!!! I will be reading along keenly, ready to soak up your knowledge and laugh at your ventures…. I’m very excited about it all xxx


  4. An Honest Mom January 25, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    Nice. Happy to know you’re out here. This parenthood business IS a trip, isn’t it? Here’s to getting messy!


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