Child Care

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 [...]


Finding Our Christmas Spirit

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Christmas time. The time of the year when homes are cozy and warm, nights are quiet and peaceful, well-behaved children are wide-eyed and wonderful. Right. Right? Wrong. Earlier this month, as I have every year since Evie was born, I was stressing out with the expectations of what Christmas should be. Why did it seem [...]


The Portable Months

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Ahhhhh…the first few months with a newborn (or, in our latest case, newbornS). Sleepless nights, showerless days. The neverending cycle of diapers and feedings and laundry. Feelings of awesomeness and loneliness. Pride and exhaustion. This time is incredible for so many reasons. And so short. When we had Evie more than eight years ago, we [...]


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) [...]


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