This morning officially began somewhere around 3am, with me getting repeatedly and violently kicked in the back by my two year-old daughter, Ivy. She joined us at some point during the night, after my wife had had enough of the long coughing/crying bouts. With the changing season, comes a fresh batch of upper respiratory maladies, typically brought home from school— so now all of us have some degree of sneezing, sniffling and wheezing. I'm not complaining. I love my kids. I know I will look back fondly on these toddler days and think how simple life was.
Rather than grumble and complain all day from lack of sleep, I decided to embrace the day off and enjoy these little suckers. The rain kept us in the basement until noon. We made cinnamon rolls, played card games, did some puzzles, had a dance party and built robots at my workbench with scrap materials (one of their favorite pastimes).
When Ivy went down for her nap, Leo and I went to the grocery store. My wife warned me that if I decided to try the new Mariano's on Western and Roscoe today, I should prepare myself for crowds and traffic. Again embracing the 'roll-with-the-punches' attitude of the day, we dove in headlong – come what may. Fortune smiled on us, and we were rewarded with a racecar grocery cart, samples at every turn (including wine, thank you), and…a magician! My son has been fascinated by magic ever since visiting Mr Ash's Magic Shop on Western a few weeks ago and now asks to be referred to as 'The Amazing Leo.’ We took our time and lost track of it. When we got home Ivy was awake and the sun was shining so we decided to carve the pumpkins we picked up yesterday.
It can be stressful for working parents to try to raise two kids in the city, and days like today are not as frequent as I'd like them to be. Reminding myself to take a step back from the to do list and just focus on those things that matter most is critical.
Now it's 5:30, and I suspect bath time may include extra splashing tonight.
About the author: Tim Hogan, @hoganserif, is a Partner/Creative Director at The Royal Order of Experience Design. He lives in Albany Park with his wife and 2 kids.