Posts by Maureen

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Racist Waitress

Now that the twins are here, it seems like we attract attention everywhere we go. I’m not sure if it is the twin-thing, or the six-kids-in-the-city thing, but I can’t get through the grocery store or down the sidewalk without comments and questions from strangers. I know people (usually) have good intentions, so I’m (usually) [...]

Roasted Delicata Squash and Arugula Salad


Stepping outside – with temperatures steadily in the 70s and 80s – it is hard to believe fall is upon us here in Chicago. But, one step in the grocery store and I know it is true. Summer fruits like plums and peaches are no longer available, and the last hanger-oners like strawberries taste dull [...]

Sleepless in Chicago

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The old saying “sleep when the baby sleeps!” sounds so reasonable and hopeful and optimistic. Why of course! I should sleep when the baby sleeps. But the problem with that old saying is that it conveniently forgets about the pesky little truth called life. Life keeps happening even though there is a newborn in the [...]

Life Language

One of the best things about my pregnancy with the twins was sharing it with our big kids. Evie was with me at my 20 week ultrasound when we found out it was twins! Vivian and Ben came with me to a fetal non-stress test. Mack attended a routine check up with my OB. It [...]

Botched: An Epidural Story

8-13-16 mama and the twins

When I delivered Elinor and Juliet three weeks ago I opted to have an epidural. To many people it seems like an obvious choice, but because I’ve delivered single kids without the pain blocker I actually would have preferred to go drug free for babies #5 & 6… …but, everyone – and I mean everyone! [...]

Elinor Rose and Juliet Johanna

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Twelve days ago, two little new miracles joined our world. I’d like you to meet Elinor Rose and Juliet Johanna. After what felt like the longest pregnancy in the history of the world, we welcomed our girls at 36 weeks. And after eight hours of Pitocin and a botched epidural (a story for another day), [...]

The Last Supper

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The babies are coming. Soon. Like, today. Despite the flurry of the past few weeks, with nesting in full gear and a to-do list that never ended, Chris and I took the kids out for one last dinner as a family of six last night. We went to Club Lago, our favorite neighborhood family restaurant, [...]

Swimming Lesson

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Ugh. Of all the aches and pains associated with this pregnancy, perhaps the most persistent and annoying has been the feet/ankle/calf swelling. It is worse while sitting, moderately better while walking, and minimally improved while laying with my feet propped up. Walking is uncomfortable. Sleeping is uncomfortable. Moving is uncomfortable. I’m uncomfortable. All the time. [...]

NST = Not So Terrible

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For the past few weeks I’ve been going to the hospital twice a week for fetal non-stress tests. The nurses and doctors monitor the babies’ heartbeats, my blood pressure and contractions, and they occasionally draw blood and perform a quick ultrasound. It really is no big deal, and I’m in-and-out in about an hour. But, [...]

My Mom’s Cucumber & Fennel Salad

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I seriously don’t know what I would do without my mom. While I realize that might be a largely universal statement from most women at some point in their lives, I really, really, REALLY mean it. Especially these past few months while this twin pregnancy has completely taken over my body and life. I am [...]

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