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If you’ve read my post about what I did on my previous maternity leave, you’ll know I’ve already exhausted all of the coffee shops within walking distance from my home. So what do I do with my time now that baby #2 has arrived?

Bake. A lot. So much for losing that baby weight...

I enjoy cooking. It’s a great way for me to relax and just zone out, focusing on the recipe. Plus there’s (usually) a delicious reward at the end. Between nursing and being pinned down by a sleeping six week old, I had lots of time to…

Or, what I did on my maternity leave.

Starting week three of my maternity leave, my new daughter, Aiza, and I would take a walk each morning. Partly to get her out of the house to learn and see the world, but mostly to inject me with caffeine and sustenance to get me through the day.

Donned with her stroller, we would discover new places in San Francisco for us to indulge and people watch. …

“Do you want to know the gender?”

“Sure…” I say uncertainly on the phone.

“You’re going to have a baby …”

The nurse pauses. How cruel.

I’m holding my breath and chanting “boy boy boy” in my head. How funny.
I just told my friend, Grant, how it doesn’t matter as long as the baby is healthy and happy. What crap.

I envision her saying “boy” and I feel lighter inside. I didn’t realize how much I wanted a boy until that moment. I have two nephews; I’m more comfortable with boys; they’re easier in the long run; they usually don’t play with dolls.

I hate dolls…

“… girl!”

A knowing smirk appears on my face. A wave of calmness flows through me. When I smile fully seconds later, it’s genuine.

I knew it would be a girl. And I couldn’t be happier.

I recently spent 24 hours wandering around my home town. I flew into LAX, rented a speedy Hyundai Sonata, and drove/limped east during rush hour to arrive at a little hotel in Rancho Cucamonga. It’d been years since I’ve gone home; most of my family and friends have moved away and there hadn’t been a reason to make the trek to Rancho until the day I received an invite for my best friend’s baby shower. I accepted immediately. I couldn’t resist the excuse to visit.

That evening, I met up with some old friends where we caught up on the…

What do our numbers look like?

In case you didn’t know, diversity in the workplace is a good idea. It builds better, stronger teams by expanding the collective knowledge of the company, improves profitability, and can boost morale.

Diversity is especially important to us at Medium. Our audience is everyone in the world. If we have a homogenous group making the decisions on how to build our product, we’re going to have a pretty narrow perspective and a one-sided experience.

Unfortunately, no tech companies are doing a great job of diversifying their teams (the number of women in leadership roles and minorities in general are pretty…

I walk down the hallway, laughing boys and girls scattered along both sides. There is a repetitive thud coming from the room I’m walking towards. I nervously twirl the glittery bracelets on my wrist, trying to ignore the pinching of my gold high heels. The lights are low as twilight approaches and my stomach flips silently as I arrive in front of the entrance. My friends stream through the doorway all around me, but I hesitate. The music is louder. My hands are clammy as I take a deep breath and enter.

From across the room…

Well, eventually.

Being the baby of the family is awesome. The first child usually receives the brunt of the discipline as new moms and dads learn how to handle this new human thing in their lives. The second one tends to coast through childhood, whining and giving puppy dog eyes to the weakened parents, rewarded with treats and later, victories of freedom as a teenager. I had it pretty easy growing up, which is funny because I was definitely the naughty one.

Circa 1986. Like my afro?

My older sister followed all the rules (or got away with things much more gracefully than me…

A team that works and plays well together.

Startups are known for their flexible work hours, free food, and jeans-and-sneakers dress code. But what really makes up the culture of a company?

Medium is working hard to develop an organization where our employees’ experiences reinforce some of our core values, such as initiative, collaboration, transparency, and mindfulness.

Building Better Things Together

Medium is an organization that runs on open communication and feedback. The team makes the implicit explicit on a daily basis. Collaboration among cross-functional teams is important to build an excellent product, but you can’t achieve these values unless you feel comfortable with the people you work…

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to design mid-tier online services for Medium.

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will work on an application layer of the publishing platform; design and develop databases to support mid-tier online services; work between the infrastructure layer and the front-end layer, using other application frameworks to write performant, reusable, and well-documented code; implement mid-tier online services using JavaScript, Node.js and/or other languages, such as Java; analyze and optimize mid-tier online systems performance; and research, design, test, implement, and maintain software systems to meet client or employer needs. …

We are looking for a Software Engineer to design mid-tier online services for Medium.

As a Software Engineer, you will design and develop databases to support mid-tier online services; implement mid-tier online services using JavaScript, Node.js and/or other languages, such as Java; analyze and optimize mid-tier online systems performance; modify existing databases and software to fix any errors of the mid-tier online system, and allow it to adapt to new hardware; perform software system installation and monitor equipment functioning to ensure specifications are met; and obtain and evaluate information such as reporting formats required, costs, and security needs to determine configuration. …


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