Prom

Kids don’t realize prom is most parents’ worse nightmare.

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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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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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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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The Chaos

Life sometimes means you have to balance competing priorities (work, play, etc.), which is often a juggling act. That may translate to chaos, which can be a whirlwind of unorganized activity… Below is a snapshot of the chaos and lessons learned that was our two boys and me as we spontaneously went to the park on Earth Day. Our big take away is a few quiet hours reading at home with the babes can be even better than forcing a park trip – especially when they’ve already had fresh air and class at the Park District. It helps to slow down to enjoy and savor the baby’s first smiles and sweet sounds as well as our two year old’s new discoveries.

When he's good...

When he’s good…

What's wrong?

What’s wrong?

Shh!

Shh!

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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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