Almost the weekend…

May you have a restful and fun weekend. It’s starting to feel like summer as we’re almost there… That means outdoor festivities for singles and families alike. For example, this weekend is Chicago Kids Day (details below). Its mission is to create a fun and entertaining way to educate and teach kids about health and safety. Speaking of entertainment, take a look at the viral Men Experience Simulated Child Birth if you haven’t already seen it for a laugh… Please reply with comments to share what you’re up to this weekend and other family or any other type of festivals. Read the rest of this entry »


Bittersweet

Our sweet boys

Our sweet boys

Boys before I went back to work

Boys before I went back to work

Miss these boys

Miss these boys

New Moms usually dread returning to work. Their transitions may be charged with sadness or even guilt, which can be intensified with sleep deprivation. In fact, more than one of my girl friends “lost” her car when she parked it for work in the morning. They called the police hysterically crying since they were convinced someone stole it, but in reality they forgot where they parked it. The police found my friends’ lost cars in every instance on a different street than where they swore they parked it. As today is my first day back to work, I thank God my husband is dropping our boys off in the morning at my Mom’s and parking our car in their garage! And, THANK YOU, Mom!

Returning to work after my second maternity leave is bittersweet. I’ll miss my boys dearly, especially the sweet sound of our oldest, Andrew, regularly calling, “Mama, MAMA, MOMMY!” Ok, I’m getting a little teary thinking about how sweet his everything is – cuddles and cries alike. One of my favorites is how when I’m breast-feeding our sweet baby, Patrick, Andrew will also curl up with us. AND, I’ll miss the sweet smiles of our precious Patrick who is constantly more and more aware at three months. I hope I don’t miss hearing too many of his new sounds for the first time…

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Top seven perks to postpartum

As my maternity leave quickly comes to an end, I will miss my sweet boys dearly when I go back to work. I am forcing myself to look on the positive, 🙂 so below are the top seven perks most of us enjoy right after we have a baby. If your due date or loved one’s due date is approaching, keep these in mind. And, please add anything I missed!

Almost time to go back to work...

Almost time to go back to work…

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Explore Science and Industry

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Learn balanc

How does this work?

FAMILY FUN

Travel through time on every mode of transport as you learn all about the world around us at one of Chicago’s best jewels, the Museum of Science and Industry. In fact, Life magazine voted it one of the top 15 museums in the world. My Mom and childhood friend Liz and I took our boys and her nephew, Elian (now our oldest’s good friend), there last week. We first wondered at the museum’s extraordinary architecture against the rugged beauty of the lake and open panorama of the city’s skyline. It is nestled in the South Side’s Hyde Park neighborhood, home of President Obama. It was a special treat for me as a child and now as an adult to visit. My two-year old son now gets lost in their planes, trains and automobiles and awesome kids’ room – Idea Factory. Below are highlights geared toward everyone from our boys under three to adults from every walk of life.

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Baptismal Joy

Baby's Christening

Our son’s Christening

Made of my deceased mother-in-law's wedding gown

Made of my deceased mother-in-law’s wedding gown

God Parents

God Parents

Our angels

Our angels

The wise

The wise

What happened?

What happened?

I had remorse over not framing and hanging family photos or steam cleaning the rugs before our son Patrick Paul’s baptism yesterday for our family luncheon. Then, I stepped back and focused on the big picture. A special and intimate religious ceremony has nothing to do with superficial details in our home. Our son’s baptism was a wonderful celebration of our faith and our son. He is officially a Catholic now that he made his first sacrament, his baptism, which will be later followed by others such as his confirmation, when he becomes an adult in the church similar to a bar mitzvah, or wedding.

Just as he was reborn into the church, the sun kissed and blessed us in Chicago as the flowers finally started to bloom to welcome our baby boy into the church. What does our son’s baptism have to do with the future pope?

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Postpartum Uniform

Prego Parents

We learn from an early age to take care in how we dress and have pride in our appearance – clean face and clothes, brushed hair… We want our little ones to look their best when they greet the world. And so society reinforces the idea of dressing for success. I remember my sixth grade teacher lecturing our class about personal grooming and dressing neatly. I am in favor of all of the above, but it does not often translate well for Moms with little ones.

Love my boys and this hoody - thx Meg

Love my boys and this hoody!

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Change

The change agent

The change agent

Change is scary. Ours happened a week ago today. And, it was the worse kind. We did not see it coming. It totally blind sighted us. In hindsight, the signs were there.

We ignored our two year old Andrew’s cries for help from his change agent: the crib. It turns out he wanted his very own big boy room before his baby brother was even born eight weeks ago. He knocked down his “ANDREW” letters that we carefully hung over his crib. Letters or anything that can be reached or fall should never be hung over the crib.

Andrew destroyed his Curious George decals from his crib that my husband beautifully arranged. It did not seem malicious. He tugged at them as if a game and then put them back together even after they were in pieces.

Our big family change crescendoed when Andrew climbed out of his crib repeatedly for me during nap time. That deprived me of those two hours of “free time” during his nap with our contained newborn in toe. My to-do list keeps growing and my naps are also a thing of the past…

Our oldest now only sleeps in his crib for Daddy. My husband, the athlete between us, is impressed with our son’s strength and caution while demonstrating how he climbs out… Bragging rights aside, we will have less parental freedom with our oldest out of his crib. That will be a huge change. My husband is converting his crib to a toddler bed this weekend. Hopefully, we can get him back on a nap schedule and he will be safe with any and all climbing!