An Unfiltered Review of My Parenting So Far

And it’s been good.

Amy Ma
Human Parts
Published in
5 min readFeb 29, 2024

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As my 4-month-old daughter’s cries fill the room from her play mat, I find myself compelled to write about her. Consider this a personal review of my journey through parenthood, a mosaic of thoughts gathered along the way.

Where to begin? Perhaps with a portrait of her. Picture a charming little Asian infant, her eyes twinkling like beans, set in a perfectly round face, complemented by the slightest, most delicate curve of her lips. In need of a visual? Imagine her as the pineapple toy from Jellycat — the likeness is uncanny, from the bean-shaped eyes to the odd hairstyle. During her tummy time, her “pineapple” tuft waves in the air playfully, reminiscent of a flag or perhaps a cockatoo sporting a cyberpunk haircut. Her fine hair, so tender to the touch, bears a hint of brown at the tips — a souvenir from her time in the womb. Presently, she’s the epitome of cuteness, but rewind two months, and you’d find her looks like Paul Frank, the tiny, big-mouthed monkey. While her sparse, curly hairs mirroring the classic hairstyle of an elderly Asian grandmother (apologies, grandma!).

Ellie, that’s her name. The origin? Well, it stems from my fascination with the post-apocalyptic, particularly zombies, influenced heavily by the countless hours immersed in video games. My belief in an impending cataclysm has led me to adopt some rather unconventional hobbies, like archery and axe-throwing. Friends often chuckle at my earnest preparations for the zombie apocalypse, half-joking that I’ve missed my calling as a stand-up comedian. Yet, when curiosity gets the better of them, they’re eager to hear about my survival strategy.

And here it is, my survival strategy (I lay it out here and feel free to chuckle): my go-to haven would be a shopping plaza, ideally one housing a pet store and a wholesale warehouse like Costco. However, Costco is off-limits because of its popularity, hence likely swarming with zombies and other survivors. My choice? The pet store. I reckon some animals might still be uninfected, and frankly, I love animals more than human beings. Plus, as a cat owner, I’ve discovered that certain feline foods, like Tiki Cat, which boasts delicacies such as half a quail egg in their mix. It’s a strategy that promises companionship, minimal competition…

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Amy Ma
Human Parts

👩‍💻 Data Scientist & Machine Learning Enthusiast 🚀 | 🐾 Cat Lover & New Mom 🍼 | Video Game Adventurer 🎮 | Here to make ML fun and accessible! 🌟