Child Care

Living on The Ledge

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This summer has kinda sucked for my kids. All my grand plans to take them all over the city basically fizzled when I broke my ankle. I intended to take them on an urban adventure every Friday, checking off our Chicago bucket list every week. Instead, they’ve been shipped off to camp most days while [...]


Homemade Strawberry Muffins

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A few weeks ago I took the kids strawberry picking. It was on my summer bucket list, and I am so glad we checked it off before I broke my ankle. We stumbled upon the strawberry farm quite unexpectedly. The kids and I were driving home after a weekend at Notre Dame when we (almost) [...]


Notre Dame Our Mother, Pray for Us!

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We baptized our twins yesterday at what we consider to be heaven on earth: Notre Dame. Chris and I met there at the start of our senior year. The moment I met him I thought he was THE HOTTEST GUY ON THE PLANET – fast forward 16 years and I feel like the luckiest wife [...]


Look At Me!

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I never really considered myself a prude. Until I had kids. Now, I often feel sad by how much they are exposed to despite their young ages. Just a few examples: 1. A suburban sex shop constantly has a racy billboard on 290, a major expressway here in the Chicago area. The ads always feature a [...]


Taking Care of Mamas

I could not fall asleep last night. I was haunted by an NPR article I read about maternal mortality rates in the United States. The article shared the heartbreaking story of Lauren Bloomstein, a new mother who died 20 hours after the birth of her daughter because her medical team failed to notice the symptoms of [...]


Pinocchio at the The Chicago Children’s Theatre

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Last weekend I took the two bigs (Evie and Mack) and the two middles (Vivian and Ben) to see “Pinocchio” at The Chicago Children’s Theatre. The company recently opened a beautiful new facility in the West Loop, where parking is plentiful and little shops, bakeries and cafes are all within walking distance. It was a [...]


Nursing and Pumping for Two

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Before the twins arrived, I gently prepared myself for what I thought was inevitable: that I wouldn’t produce enough milk for two hungry babies, and I would have to rely on formula to supplement. Breastfeeding was a choice I made for my first four babies, and it was a delightful, easy and comfortable part of [...]


Hygge Heaven

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A few months ago I read an article about the Danish tradition of hygge (pronounced HOO-gah). The word roughly translates to a feeling of coziness and warmth, of times spent snugly with those we love. Hard to argue with that on a cold Chicago night, right? I immediately wanted this tradition in my house. With [...]


#WhyIMarch

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Yesterday, with temperatures solidly in the 60s and sunshine galore, Evie, Juliet, Elinor and I joined 250,000 other people for the Women’s March here in Chicago. The presidential nominations, election and inauguration last year caused so much strife and turmoil in our good country, and I am exhausted from it. Marching seemed like a good [...]


Faith in Humanity Restored Thanks to NORAD

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Like many (but certainly not all) homes in America today, Christmas fever is raging at our house. We’ve got the fireplace going, Christmas tunes crankin’, and we’re all still in our jammies while we finish up gift wrapping and cookie baking. I love it. My 8 1/2 year old Evie was on the verge of [...]


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