In Sickness and In Health

IT HAS BEEN A MONTH. Our boy started feeling lousy and also somehow hurt his wrist. A few days later, his fever was spiking and at the urging of our neighbor and trusted confidant for all things kids, we went to urgent care. We had them both swabbed and sure enough, TWIN STREP THROAT. Twins... Read more »

Guns and the Definition of Insanity

I was texting with a mom recently about a play-date we are arranging and it never ever escapes me that I have this conversation now pretty regularly with other parents if we are visiting or they are visiting our home. This is not our parents playdate. Hell, our parents didn’t even know what a playdate was,... Read more »

I LOVE A SNOW DAY

We got the call that Chicago Public Schools was cancelling school pretty early on. It was my first time as a CPS parent to get one of these calls (I still can’t believe I am a parent of children going to school) and I was pretty thrilled with that in itself. Plus a tweet! Due... Read more »
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Sesame Street Forever

There are few things as timeless as Sesame Street. Few things we can say, “We grew up watching this and now we get to watch it with you too” some 44 years later with our 5 year olds. The Old School Sesame Street shows are a trip. You think you have forgotten certain things about... Read more »

Reflections on a Retirement

There are tiny grilled cheese sandwiches perched upon shot glasses of tomato soup. There are charcuterie and cheese boards and wine and servers looking cross-eyed at me when I say may I just have a club soda please? The lights are dimmed on a crisp winter evening in Chicago as people filter in after their conference... Read more »

A Pep Talk for the Fear-Filled

I am all up in my feelings today about something I’m doing tonight. It’s the first time I’m doing this thing that has been in the works for months and I’m nervous, fear-filled, insecure, excited, honored, hopeful, inspired, and well, a little nauseous. I want to back out. I want to cancel. My default is... Read more »
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The Magic of Five Year Old Twins on Their Birthday

I’ve written one of these birthday posts every year now for five years. For some reason, this one feels like the closing of a chapter. Five feels like we are entering kid territory. We are past babies, we are past toddlers, we have kids now. I’ll save you the trouble and say THEY ARE SO BIG... Read more »

There is so much I cannot control but an apple a day is a thing I can do

Each morning as long as I can remember, I’ve had an apple with breakfast. Each morning since these babies could wrap their gums around them, I’ve given them applesauce or an apple. There is so much I cannot control but an apple a day is a thing I can do. I feel better when I have... Read more »

Nearsightedness and sweet dance moves save me every day

Walking past a dance studio this evening, my 4 year old boy says, “well we don’t have to take any more dance classes because we already have the sweet moves.” Oh to have the confidence of a four year old. BUT WAIT…. I won’t tell you how when the kids are at school I often... Read more »
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The Mental Load of Motherhood is Heavier than Laundry

This one goes out to the moms.  Yes, just the moms.  I know the dads are out there too, doing their deal and I respect that.  But this? This is for the moms. This is for the full time working moms who leave early in the morning after doing more before 7am than many do... Read more »