Rockabye Bucktown

Navigating motherhood beyond The Windy City

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Boo at the Zoo

After a not so fun week of fevers, runny noses and sleepless nights, we made the most of a beautiful (healthy!) Sunday and ventured to Boo at the Zoo.

Sporting costumes one of three (yes, we have multiple for each child because Burke has changed his mind on what he and Blaine should be on several occasions), our racecar driver and ballerina saw safari animals, pumpkin smashing and tons of other little friends in some hilarious get ups (uh, and some adults in questionable costumes as well…)!

Fortunately, there was only a small trick or treat opportunity. Burke wanted to consume everything he got in his bag on the car ride home. This does not bode well for the actual day…

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Today’s beauty tip: for baby soft skin, slather generous amounts of oatmeal on face each morning. 

(And good luck rinsing that shit off…)

Today’s beauty tip: for baby soft skin, slather generous amounts of oatmeal on face each morning.

(And good luck rinsing that shit off…)

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When I first had Blaine and was struggling to manage two small children, everyone told me not to worry. “It gets easier!” They would reassuringly offer. I would exhale and remind myself of this during every weary 3 am feeding, disappointing missed event with friends or frustrating afternoon upon staring at my messy house/unbrushed hair/hungry newborn.

This just in: it does not get easier. It actually gets more difficult! One very headstrong three year old + one extremely mobile (and particular) baby = one exhausted mom. What I didn’t realize was that having a two year old that didn’t care which shirt he wore (not that one! The blue one!) and a newborn that mostly ate and slept with a few hours of attempting to roll over mixed in was as easy as it gets. While it certainly was no picnic, it was definitely more convenient.

But you know what? Convenient does not always = fun. And I will most definitely take fun (yet slightly challenging) over boring (and uncomplicated).

Sometimes I get caught up in what I haven’t accomplished in one day and forget all of the things that I have. This weekend was a solid opportunity to reverse that method of thinking. While we crammed in a lot of fun activity (hello birthday parties, soccer practice, fire station open house, etc), it required scheduling. And effort. And cooperation. And we got it…from both kids! When I tucked into bed on Sunday night, I was spent, but knew that my kids sleeping a few doors down the hall had a great few days. If I did nothing else this past weekend, seeing the wide smiles on their faces was certainly enough.