I don’t think you could approach parenthood without being told it’s hard to have a baby. From the sleepless nights to cluster feeding, most aspects of being a parent in the first few months are difficult. My little one is a relatively happy baby. His weakness is gas. He gets really fussy when he has to […]Read more "Sweetness to the suffering"
The week before our baby was due, I was at home cleaning the house, stocking paper towels and toothpaste, washing sheets and taking inventory of the freezer. Apparently this behavior is called “nesting.” I did a lot of it the last few days of my pregnancy. While at home with our two dogs, the doorbell […]Read more "Don’t you dare ring my doorbell"
Our poor dogs have been neglected since we brought home the baby two months ago. We spend so much time with little Leigh and not enough attention on our pups. But they’ve taken it like champs. Cloe, our older dog, is super curious and comes up to sniff the baby every once in a while. […]Read more "Treat for fur babies"
When we started looking for a house, we pictured our lives at least ten years into the future. We wanted to find a place where we could start a family and when my mom offered to watch our baby while I worked, we looked for a place near her house up in Antioch, Illinois. It’s a […]Read more "Gramme’s daycare"
I’ve only carried around my diaper bag for a few weeks but I know that it needs some serious downsizing. It’s really hard to handle a 12-pound baby in a car seat AND a loaded pound packed diaper bag. Before I had the baby, I was eager to pack my diaper bag because I knew […]Read more "Extra baggage"
A lot of new moms worry about losing their baby weight. I know I do. There’s a lot of stress on a new mother to get back to her pre-pregnancy state as soon as possible. I received a couple of unsolicited comments from visitors (ahem, mom!) wanting to see the baby saying things like, “Don’t […]Read more "Getting my body back"
Portillo’s restaurant holds a special place in my heart. Yes, I truly enjoy visiting the iconic Chicago restaurant for the best Italian beef sandwich dripping with tasty gravy, topped with the savory sweet peppers. They recently opened a new location in Gurnee and our lives haven’t been the same since. But that’s not the (whole) reason why […]Read more "Portillos"
Mommy and me time is the classic ladies outing, except with more bottles of milk than glasses of wine. I felt a social pressure building inside myself to at least try to experience mommy time with other mothers. I still have a hard time picturing myself as a mom. Thinking about hanging out with complete […]Read more "Mommy and me"
I didn’t know about growth spurts until my baby went through one. I guess I skipped that chapter in What To Expect in the First Year. It was a rude awakening when my perfect baby turned into a nightmare overnight. He went from sleeping five hours at a time to being up every 30 minutes. […]Read more "Surprise growth spurts"