For The Baby

Moms Who Make It Happen: Seesaw Society

June 17, 2013

Sometimes I think about what I’ve given up since having kids: sleep, working full time, drying my hair, more sleep. And then I meet moms like Kristen and Christine who completely blow me away. These two Chicago moms — who have four kids between the two of them and are each expecting their third — […]

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Elise is the shy one, Tristan is the daredevil.

June 11, 2013

The other night I stood on the street with an acquaintance. About a dozen kids, including mine, were playing on the sidewalk, riding scooters and drawing with chalk. I was telling the woman how Tristan is the daredevil in the family. He’s fearless. (He’s the kid who ran to a moving escalator and hopped on. […]

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Taking kids to the Art Institute of Chicago.

July 7, 2012

A playdate at the Art Institute of Chicago sounds swanky, doesn’t it? That’s why I love this city. Even the renowned museum in Chicago’s Grant Park has something for kids. GETTING THERE Yesterday we met our friend and her boys. She took public transportation, I drove. The museum has a good “directions and parking”  section […]

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What to do on a hot summer day with kids.

July 5, 2012

It’s going to be 104 degrees in Chicago today. Anxiety starts to set in when I think about what I’m going to do ALL DAY with two very young kids. Elise is 2 1/2 and Tristan is 11 months. I refuse to leave the house with them. I’ve bolded below our hot summer “in house” […]

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About breastfeeding.

February 1, 2012

Breastfeeding is hard. Or it was. At least for me. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever started. A physical, mental and emotional game. Your head’s got to be in it. Your heart, too, I suppose. I considered writing about all the details. But I won’t. Let’s just say I think I’ve been […]

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Toddler tantrums and the terrible twos

November 17, 2011

Poor Elise. I hope this blog is defunct by the time she’s starting to date or looking for her first job. Our sweet monkey moo is having temper tantrums. Let’s review. She is 23 months. Her brother arrived when she was 19 months. We moved into a new home when she was 17 months. She […]

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How the head of CPS searches for a school

November 16, 2011

Jean-Claude Brizard and his family moved to Chicago this past Spring. Like so many families relocating to the Windy City, they’re renting in a popular neighborhood to get the lay of the land before they settle on a house — and, more importantly, a school — for their toddler. Brizard and his wife, Brooke Stafford-Brizard, […]

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Bloggers and Brizard

November 10, 2011

Months ago I wrote a post called I believe in Chicago Public Schools. And I still do. In June we bought a home in the city with the plan to send our children to the neighborhood public school. Yesterday I met with Jean-Claude Brizard, the new CEO of Chicago Pubic Schools. It was a great […]

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When the whole family is fighting a cold.

November 7, 2011

We’re not sick and we’re not planning on getting sick. But you know that about-to-get-sick feeling? A little scratch in your throat or an ache in your back? We’ve got a plan to fight it this winter. What I’m doing:  Taking a lot of Emergen-C — 1 to 3 packets a day. Taking probiotics — […]

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Q&A on dairy free diets (part 2)

October 29, 2011

I’ve been heavy on the dairy-free posts lately because it’s such a big part of my life these days. If you’re new here, I’m dairy and soy free to determine if my breastfeeding son has a sensitivity. Jasmine Jafferali is a Chicago-based wellness consultant who is helping me on my dairy-free journey. She agreed to […]

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