Child Care

In Praise of Labor and Delivery Nurses

I have delivered three babies.  It just doesn’t seem possible. Sometimes I feel like I could still be a cool college student with a carefree lifestyle…and then a glob of peanut butter or bubble of snot lands on my shoulder and I’m quickly snapped back to reality.  Even though some days are hard (and long!) […]


Homemade Flashcards

Evelyn is getting very curious about learning how to read.  She is only 3 1/2, so we’re starting with the basics right now. I was going to buy her some letter flashcards, but they seemed a bit overpriced for what they were.  Plus, I prefer to spend time with my kids making something.  I think […]


Books for Earth Day + GIVEAWAY!!

In just a few weeks, on April 22, the world will celebrate Earth Day.  As a Homemade Mother I strive to teach my kids about taking care of our planet every day, a somewhat daunting mission with a 2 and 3 1/2 year old.  They are careful to turn off lights, put trash in a […]


A Long Five Days

Its been a long five days. At Vivian’s 1-week check up last Friday the pediatrician noticed a small patch of what looked like burst blood vessels at the base of her spine. He somewhat matter-of-factly suggested that we take her in for an ultrasound as such a mark can mean a baby has Spina Bifida. […]


Reason #87 Why I Love My Husband

When we returned home from the hospital with Vivian on Saturday night, Chris continued a tradition he started with the arrival of Evelyn nearly four years ago: he put together a fun dinner with many of the foods I’m forced to go without for 40 weeks, including oysters, raw milk cheese, prosciutto and beer.  The […]


What a Difference 12 Hours Makes!

Last Thursday morning Evie, Mack and I went for a walk to the nearby Jamba Juice. It was a warm, summery day and we were all so happy to get some fresh air. It wasn’t an exceptional morning – just a normal way to start the day in the heart of the big city. Flash-forward […]


The Co-Sleeping Conundrum

With less than two weeks to go before Baby #3 is due to arrive, we are busy getting everything ready.  I can’t believe a little baby will be sleeping in our home so soon!  When we brought Evie and Mack home from the hospital, they both slept next to me in the bassinet attachment of […]


Getting Ready for Baby

Today has been a very emotional day for me.  I woke up at 3:45 am, and for three hours I thought I was in labor.  The false contractions subsided shortly after sunrise, leaving me feeling extremely tired and totally overwhelmed for the rest of the day.  During those dark restless hours I went through my […]


“Winter” in Chicago

Today was another beautiful summer-like day in Chicago.  With temperatures in the 80’s (!!) and no clouds in the sky, it was hard to believe that the official season is still winter.  Like most Chicagoans, we took full advantage of the perfect weather and spent a good part of the day outdoors.  I packed a […]


Ladies Who Brunch

Some of the ladies in my family gathered this morning for an informal brunch at my Aunt Margie’s house.  It was a celebration for many reasons: the end of winter, St. Patrick’s Day, the return of my mom and grandma who had been out of town for a few months, the two new babies my […]


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