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, ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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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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Mother Daughter Travel

As Mother’s Day approaches, we celebrate mothers and inspirational women we know. I especially savor special memories with my Mom. She is one of my favorite travelers. She finds the best location on a budget. And, her fun spirit keep us charging forward.capecod1989

River boat

River boat

Niagara Falls

Niagra Falls

Our first bull-fight

Our first bull-fight

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Connect with Fashion

HAPPINESS

Social networks strongly support happiness. They mean a few people (or several hundred in some cases if you’re very popular on Facebook:) ) know how you’re doing and vise versa. They can help drive purpose and accountability in our lives.

If you recently moved to a new neighborhood or just want to broaden your network, consider volunteering in something that interests you or is just convenient. That’s how I got involved in our local fashion show.

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Postpartum Exercise

#2's 1st TRI Pregnancy

#2’s 1st TRI Pregnancy

PREGO PARENTS

Disclaimer: every person has different diet and exercise needs that only a doctor may best guide.

I have always had a lot of energy, but did not play high school sports – debate team was my speed so I am good in an argument. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started to exercise in college during my party days. Although I still have fun (different kind of fun), my priorities started to shift in my middle twenties toward overall wellness. My exercise intensified with race training, which was never for speed, but rather the goal, which had positive benefits such as to de-stress and clear my head from worry.

Fast forward: we got married almost four years ago when I was 30, which was shortly before I got pregnant. Per my doctor’s ok, I continued to do cardio, pilates and weight training while pregnant during my first pregnancy. I quickly learned every doctor and pregnant woman are different.

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Misinformed Mother for nominating me for this award! For those of you who donโ€™t know what the Liebster Award is โ€“ it is an award bloggers with not more than 200 followers as a form of recognition and support to continue blogging. I am so happy I was chosen! I will try not to let you down. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.ย What does our son’s baptism have to do with the future pope?

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