Monday, March 13, 2017

hi there!

So, things are batty and messy and exhausting and and dizzyingly wonderful. Like, my schedule is different all the time and every week is a terrific balancing act of childcare, sleep, work and whatever else we are doing. But it's great. I think I've said this before (the refrain of the working parent?). 

Major things we are enjoying these days....

This little Tank: Franklin is little, growth chart wise, but growth charts don't measure cheeks or chins. Franklin just started rolling over like a stubborn little fella! He gets stuck pretty often as he rolls, like with his arm underneath him or running into the edge of his crib. Toddler problems, right?

Astronaut Daily in the space helmet we made together. This one got tossed outside and then got rained on (oopsie-dada) so we made another that's (I daresay) even better! 

Gah! This little guy. We really rock out our Cat Bird Baby carrier and get around town comfy-cozy. It's nice to be close to Franklin as we run errands, pick up his sister or make dinner. 

We made a terrific mid-week visit to Rockford for a Kristen Chenoweth concert with B at the Coronado Theater (and drinks/dinner beforehand!!!) and then some Grandma-Grandpa time for Daily, including going to Wiggle Giggle Grow at the Loves Park Library. It's a fantastic library program with lots of fun, excellent songs and a rice table! 

Cheers to time away from these amazing, adorable, awesome little kids.


Saturday, February 11, 2017


B is in Champaign-Urbana for a fun you-just-got-married dude weekend (not a bachelor party, but close) with basketball, booze and puzzles (?). The small people and I are enjoying a few days of just-us time. So far so good! Here's what's up these days:

  • Today we walked east to Andersonville for brunchy-lunch at a Swedish joint. Daily ordered her own Swedish pancakes "Swedish pancakes pwease" and we shared that and my eggs with awesome breakfast potatoes with friends. Then our whole crew (three adults, three kids) went to Drag Queen Storytime! Drag Queen Storytime was crowded (it's moving to a more spacious location) and amazing. Muffy, Alexa, Coco and Ashley read fantastic stories in their amazing voices looking gorgeous. I'm not sure Daily even noticed that there were drag queens because of crowds, a Franklin outburst moving me to the back of the bookstore where Daily followed. But it was wonderful nonetheless.
  • Daily is really into knowing what street she is on. She asks "what street we on?" or "what this street called?" ALL the time. Like six times as we walked 8 blocks down Berwyn Avenue today. She really seems to (maybe) get that there are many streets that meet each other and mean different things. For Valentines Day D wants to "give Valentines to our friends and neighbors on Berwyn Avenue."
  • I just got word that I'm officially an Advance Nurse at work! It is just part of our clinical ladder where you can demonstrate your progress without changing your job. It was a lot of work to put together my file, but it feels good!
  • Franklin is a happy, lovey baby. He is a little mama-attached, but in a totally acceptable way. He's rolling over, laughing, babbling and totally interested in the world. He's still new and tiny. He looks up at me while he is nursing with a sweet little smile, like "Oh, I love you!" and then I melt into a puddle.
So, that's life. At least the good stuff -- I'm purposefully ignoring the scheduling insanity, the piles of laundry, the potty training, the library books, the box-of-wine in the fridge, the yay-you-ate-two-bites-of-carrot, the peaceful grocery store trips at 8 p.m. (did you know our grocery serves beer? Life changing.). 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Back to work!

Yup, tomorrow I'm back to work. 

I'm completely terrified to leave Franklin in his dad's very, very capable hands. I'm nervous to be away from Franklin for so long -- we've been really attached for the last 11 weeks. I don't want to miss Daily's bedtime routine that we've perfected and enjoyed over the last few months. 

But I'm also psyched to get back to being a nurse. Like a little excited to walk into work and see the friends I haven't seen in months. And excited to take care of patients and do something really removed from my family and myself. 

I got my backpack packed, my outfit picked out (an awesome habit from my childhood that always makes me rest easier) and my breastpump parts ready to go. I have thousands of pictures of Franklin and Daily on my phone to show off to everyone. I get to wear my work shirts that haven't fit since last spring. I'm pretty sure my work sneakers are still in the locker room where I left them in September. 

So, here goes nothing! 

Who IS the most unusual primate? Daily is. 




Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fall fun

Fall is fun. Even if Election Day is the worst. Here are some pics from us lately. 

Snuggles on the couch! Sometimes D asks, "Mama, can you hold me like a baby with the pillow in your lap and read stories?" Then I melt and then we do just that.

Out in the sling! Franklin and I hit the streets with this contraption. It's a blast -- he's snuggled in and I can do a lot while still keeping him close.

We attended the Fall Fest at the high school a few blocks away -- B & Kittycat D painted a pumpkin. We also met some animals at the wild petting zoo.

A turkey and a goat! Friends? Enemies? Daily is not certain.


Daily & I met up with friends Emi & George at the Skokie Exploratorium on a rainy day. The Exploratorium has a huge water table, a magnet table, a giant Light Brite, a big climbing structure, dress up clothes and giant blocks. It's terrific. 

Under the water table's waterfall. 

Water table!

Giant Light Brite!

Franklin at a Huskie tailgate serving as Grandpa John's chip plate. 

Monday, October 31, 2016


Time and Place: Halloween afternoon - Daily is relaxing/watching a show, Franklin is napping, B is at work. 

Wearing: Lots of yoga pants, t-shirts, nursing tank tops. Usually topped off with a jean jacket and cozy scarf. 

Devoted to: breastfeeding! Like Daily, Franklin wasn't a great nurser at first so I pumped a lot (like, too much) and we worked together on it. He's a champ now! I will say that breastfeeding the second time is way easier -- I was confident and patient with Franklin and myself. And, I already have at least some tricks for when I'm breastfeeding on the go.

Snacking: ALL THE TIME. Breastfeeding makes me hungry. But it's a great thing to do. 

Working on: Being hydrated. Completing some organizing/cleaning projects. 

Listening to: NPR Politics Podcast

Watching: Cubs baseball! And election coverage. #Imwithher GO CUBS!

Cooking: On a schedule! We made a meal plan for this week and we're actually sticking to it. Last night we had chicken soup with dumplings and tonight is some Halloween mish-mash hopefully containing fruit and vegetables.

Experiencing: New baby / toddler life. As expected this is challenging and strange. Daily is frustrated that Franklin is getting lots of attention, but she's dealing. She was a pretty crabby beast for a few weeks, but recently returned to being a happy, silly, adaptable toddler. Welcome back, D! 

Reading: For myself, Karin Slaughter's creepy-creepster books! They're phenomenally scary with strong female leads. The books all take place in Atlanta so if I ever go there I'll be completely terrified of probably-normal things like Peachtree Street. Yikes!

Toddler reading: Little Witch books -- these early-reader books were favorites of mine when I was 6-8 years old (?). My heroic parents dug them out of their basement for Daily and she is LOVING them. She loves Little Witch's bat Scrubby and pretending to fly on her own broomstick. 

Excited for: Halloween tonight! Daily is excited for trick-or-treating -- she's also a little shy when she first sees people so I'm not sure she's going to actually SAY "trick or treat" this year. Fingers crossed. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

And... 27 weeks! With plenty to do.


Daily's baby-brother-to-be is more than halfway through his adventures on the inside. We're due in mid-October and very excited, though completely unsure what life will be like.
  • Will D cope with not being the center of the universe? (Yes, she's pretty adaptable! Right?)
  • Will we remember all the tricks with babies now that our first is a busy, chatty, opinionated 2-year-old person?
  • Will we ever sort through all of D's baby stuff that was perfect for a girl born in May to find that stuff that will work for a boy born in October? (I realize boys can totally wear pink and love cupcakes. But, I also want this kiddo to not be all hand-me-downs all the time! Thankfully Grandma Karen is on the case! She hit enough garage sales that we have pajamas lined up for the first few months. At least. Possibly much longer.)
  • How do you manage a toddler who needs to keep busy and a new baby who shouldn't really go public much during flu season?
For now we are enjoying every second of just-one-kiddo life. We go swimming whenever we can, we take walks, we snuggle with D on the couch reading story after story and seriously enjoy the post-bedtime time we get together. 

D met a baby the other day and seems to be slowly processing facts about babies. Her current base of knowledge:
  1. Babies are tiny.
  2. Babies eat milk from "boobs" or "bottles."
  3. Babies poop everywhere.
Pretty smart, right?

I'm simultaneously exhausted and raring to do ALL THE THINGS. I painted a bathroom and bought a mirror for it. I took down a cabinet. It seems like every time we figure one house thing out another, new and ridiculous home thing rears its ugly head, but that's homeownership.

D loves swimming! After neglecting to sign her up for baby-swim-lessons, despite my promises to do so, I am so tickled to see her comfortable, adventurous and happy in the water. She loves lakes and shallow/zero-depth type pools where she can run in and play on her own without being held by me. She's not too upset about getting her face wet (this happens a lot when you do a really, really happy dance and are not super steady). Hooray!

D on a walk through Winnemac Park -- summer looks good on Chicago, on D and on our little gang. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Go Cubs Go!

Summer's been exciting and beautiful and busy! Here's Daily, age 2, at her first Cubs game on June 2! 

Grandma & Grandpa came to town for a wonderful visit. We got to Wrigleyville early for beverages and ballpark exploring. Daily got a First Timer's certificate. This is her fourth baseball game, second Major League game.

Gotta see the sights at Wrigley! We went on the Jack Daniel's deck, climbed all the way up from street level to the upper deck, ate snacks, cheered and climbed all over the seats around us. We sat next to very nice people. Obviously.

The game was wonderful -- we saw four homeruns and got on the jumbo screen! A friend from work and a friend from high school spotted us!