Sweetness to the suffering

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 […]


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Gramme’s daycare

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 […]

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Extra baggage

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 […]

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Getting my body back

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 […]

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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 […]

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Mommy and me

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 […]

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Too busy to sleep

Just a couple weeks ago I posted about how my newborn caused life to slow down. Who was I kidding? That was then and this is now. Since my husband’s paternity leave ended and I’ve been home with the baby by myself, things have stayed slow (I can only move so fast with a baby […]

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One month old

Our baby is one-month-old today! He was four weeks old on Tuesday, but we’ve decided that we’re going to count his monthly milestones on the 22nd of every month. I asked around and everyone said it was up to our discretion to count however we want. Leigh must weigh at least 10 pounds now. We […]

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