Archive for May 2015

4,166 Miles, the Baby, the Dog, and Us

4,166 Miles, the Baby, the Dog, and Us
We drove from Chicago, Illinois to Chandler, Arizona and back. It was a whirlwind of an adventure and some crazy and wonderful things happened along the way. I could describe everything in a five-part blog post, or I could offer the highlights. For the sake of brevity, I’ll choose the latter, but I’ll fill in... Read more »

The Trek Home

We’ve been on an adventure and tomorrow is the last chapter. My husband and I loaded up our SUV on May 15th. We brought snacks, clothes, even Polish kielbasa from Ryan’s Mom’s favorite place in Chicago, Harczek’s. We brought things for our 10-month-old baby and our 70-pound dog to eat, play with, and snuggle. We... Read more »

Just Wait

Just Wait
The best heads up I received after we announced to the world that we were pregnant was from my friend, Jane. We were on the El, the green line, riding to our annual New Year’s Day brunch at Weber Grill. She said something to the effect of, “Lots of people are going to have advice... Read more »
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Our Lightsaber Gender Reveal

Our Lightsaber Gender Reveal
This is where our geekiness and becoming parents really collided in the best way.   Ryan and I come up with good ideas all the time, if you ask us. One of the few things we argue about, and have for the past 11 years, is who came up with a certain idea. Sometimes we... Read more »

We're Going on an Adventure!

We're Going on an Adventure!
Our little family is hitting the road this weekend! We’ll be driving from Chicago to Arizona, stopping off to see family (and to find out what’s in Roswell) along the way! Did I mention it’ll be me, Ryan, the baby, AND our 70-pound dog all traveling together in our SUV?!? Sounds like a recipe for... Read more »

Mother's Day: The Advice Special

Mother's Day: The Advice Special
This is my first Mother’s Day with a baby on the outside. Last year we celebrated “Almost a Mother’s Day,” which was adorable and I was beaming all day despite my swollen ankles and enormous belly. To be honest, I’m still in shock that this day has finally come. Mother’s Day growing up meant several... Read more »
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Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" The Cat's Meow

Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" The Cat's Meow
It’s Mother’s Day weekend! Woohoo! To kick off the festivities, I scheduled myself the first manicure-pedicure I’ve had since last May before the baby was born! I had a gift card from my sweet friend, Melanie, that I’ve been aching to use, so here was a great opportunity! My friend, Lisa, agreed to come along... Read more »

Pregnancy: The Big Announcement: Part Three

Pregnancy: The Big Announcement: Part Three
So, you’ve come this far. You read Part One: Telling Ryan. You read Part Two: Telling Our Families. Now you’re here, Part Three: Telling Our Friends.   If given the opportunity to “go big or go home,” we go big. Every time. Telling our friends about our pregnancy was just such an opportunity. We had... Read more »

Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" Avengers: Age of Ultron (No Spoilers)

Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" Avengers: Age of Ultron (No Spoilers)
Last night, Ryan and I left the baby with a non-relative for the second time in Harrison’s little life. I mean, she might as well be family, but you know what I mean. We decided after interviewing a few (only one in person) potential nannies and babysitters that what we really wanted was someone like... Read more »
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