Posts by Maureen

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Homemade Minestrone Soup

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Nothing lasts forever. I think we finally bid adieu to mild, almost summer-like weather. Last week Chicago saw temps in the 70s(!!), but this past weekend the cold settled in. We had a wee dusting of snow that didn’t stick, and we can see our breath while chatting outdoors. Brrrrrr… In recognition of the winter [...]


Taking a FB Break + Orange Tumeric Smoothie

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Ugh. This past week since the presidential election has been such a drag. Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, all the hate and vitriol and negativity from both sides must be bringing you down. Right? It has been a week since I’ve checked Facebook. All the political rants and name calling were [...]


Here Come MY Girls!

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Juliet and Elinor were born back in August, but last week we received a formal letter from the White House celebrating their birth! I’m not on a first name basis with Barack or Michelle, but my girls still got a great note to add to their baby books. Making the request was easy: just go [...]


A 3 am Stroke of Brilliance

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Now that the twins are more than two months old, we are slowly getting into our new normal. But, three months ago I was losing sleep every night as I wondered how we would make it through these perilous first 12 weeks. I am convinced that the hardest part of having a new baby is [...]


Junie B. Jones at the Emerald City Theatre

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Living in the city with six kids comes with its fair share of urban struggles. Top of my complaint list is parking – too-small spaces, expensive street spots, validation required for shopping. It is so annoying. But, despite all the hassles city living with kids is awesome. The pleasantries far, far outweigh the frustrations. For [...]


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

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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

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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! [...]


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