summer happenings

Well, hello. It’s been nearly two months since my last post: life has been hectic, crazy, and really fun. Here are some photos from the past few months:


^^^weekends with little dude while papa sleeps. we frequent church, playgrounds, and target.^^^

IMG_6112^^^little dude got a major haircut from aunt carri and immediately looked more like his papa. i miss his baby hair!^^^

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset^^^we walk past this church all the time. i think it’s really beautiful.^^^

IMG_6013^^^we love spending time with grandpapa {he and Levi are basically the same person, it’s hilarious}. he’s in england for 6 weeks, so we miss him lots.^^^

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset^^^cupcakes to celebrate my birthday. hello, 31!^^^

IMG_6241 IMG_6250 IMG_6211^^^family time at the playground & the beach.^^^

A few other notable happenings:

Levi weaned from his bottle at the beginning of June. He’s a big kid now with his sippy cups. He’s also now fully weaned from nursing before bed {this was more dramatic for me, I think}, and before naps. We nurse in the wee hours of the morning, again when we’re up for the day, and then sometime in the afternoon/after work. I still really enjoy our nursing time. In addition to signing “more” and “milk” to indicate he wants milk, he’s now started saying ‘nana’. We can’t quite figure out if it’s his word for nursing, or if it just means that he wants something.

Levi said “mama” the other day and I nearly cried. He says “papa”, but he doesn’t do it consistently. He is able to verbally say “Lennon” which is really cute; he also says “hi”, “night, night”, and “all done”. He’s still signing “please”, “thank you” and I think the most adorable thing he does at this stage is turn his hands up when you ask him where something is. At this age, it’s crazy to see how much he picks up on  and how he’s trying to verbalize {and it’s heartbreaking when he gets so frustrated}.

I re-joined a gym, and have been making an effort to work out again. It’s really hard to get to the gym after working and juggling schedules, but it’s worth it. The group fitness classes are a blast, and my body feels good.

We’re feeling a little stir crazy in our tiny apartment, and are considering a move to a different neighborhood/area of the city.












mamas day 2014

Since Chris had to work on Sunday, we celebrated Mama’s Day in a few different ways over the past week. We celebrated with a family lunch at Little Goat Diner on Tuesday afternoon. The food was outstanding. I recently read an article about Stephanie Izard is beloved by Chicagoans, and in most opinions, can do no wrong when it comes to food. It is true. Perhaps it’s because we loved her on Top Chef? We ordered way too much, and took home a substantial amount of leftovers. We will be back, Little Goat, to further explore this menu. So good.  Bonus: they have a photo booth, and we took our first family photo booth photo!

The best time to take L with us to restaurants is during that time of day when it’s too late for lunch and too early for dinner where there are few people in the restaurant, so our meals don’t take long to prepare and where we can let L run around a bit after we order and before we eat. This makes it possible for us to still enjoy a meal out as a family, and it prevents an epic meltdown. After lunch, we explored the West Loop neighborhood and found a park with lots of room for running around. It was a great afternoon with my boys.

IMG_5400 IMG_5409{Chris had the ‘goat almighty’}

IMG_5412{I had the blueberry pancakes}

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On Saturday, my cousin got married in southern Wisconsin. It was a fun day celebrating with family & friends. Also, it was at a camp & conference center, so L had tons of space to run around outside during the ceremony with Chris. Lots of dancing, running around, and outdoor time.

DSC_0323{My sweet sister & I at my cousin’s wedding}

DSC_0328{new favorite family photo ^^^}

On Sunday, we went to church with my parents and sister and brother-in-law in town from Michigan. It was a great service. Our church’s emphasis on families and motherhood is a blessing. After the service, we went back to my parents’ house where L took a THREE hour nap, which allowed me to eat in peace & take a nap. We were back home in time to see Chris before he jetted off to work. Play time, bath time, bed time. It was a good day. With enough time to spare for me to have a little SATC marathon before bed. #happymothersdaytome

photo-2{a realistic photo of motherhood. a toddler with attitude; a toilet paper roll & a bag of random items hanging out over my shoulder.}

I hope that all the mamas — hope-to-be, soon-to-be, and non-traditional mamas were loved and celebrated. Happy Mother’s Day to you.


…and just for fun, Mother’s Day last year. My, how the little dude has changed.


easter 2014

we spent easter sunday with my parents at their church {we = L and me since hubby had to work…boo}. L hunted easter eggs for the first time and found two {TWO!} eggs all by himself. he was so proud. he carried them around for the rest of the day, it was the sweetest thing.

although we missed papa, we started the day with opening the gifts we got him for his easter basket. he really liked the green toys airplane and tractor, hence his huge cheesy grin below.

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and just for fun, an easter photo from last year…crazy to see how much the little guy has grown!

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When we moved into our new apartment, I thought we would be seeking a nanny for in-home care. Due to the irregularity of Hubby’s schedule, we soon figured out that it would be nearly impossible to find someone who’s able to switch days each week.  We found a daycare about a mile from our apartment that offered us the flexibility of changing our days as needed. The daycare also happens to be on my route from home to the office. This meant that I would be responsible for getting Levi to daycare 2-3 days per week. Since Hubby uses our car to get to/from work, it also meant that my “vehicle” would be our stroller.

The first day when I had to bring all of the “extra” things to leave at daycare, we basically bottomed out the stroller. I somehow managed to carry Levi {both of us in winter coats} down two flights of stairs, carrying four bags, and get him situated into the stroller. We’ve come a long way since just a few weeks ago. I now find myself looking forward to our little daily adventures. Picking him up at the end of the day just melts my heart {cheesy, but true}.

Here are a few photos of our daily schlep: 

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Levi is a champ at being in the stroller {as are most city kids}. However, right after I snapped this final photo, he had a meltdown. Naturally.