Rockabye Bucktown

Navigating motherhood beyond The Windy City

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This week…

Really into:

  • Trying out some new eateries in the hood.  Chef Paul Virant (Vie, Perennial Virant) attempted a more family-friendly suburban spot.  That’s a difficult concept to execute, but I think he succeeded.  While I would like to see a slightly healthier menu (lots of fried things and not a ton for the kids to eat ironically), the restaurant itself is a cool spot for a casual dinner or pre-dinner cocktail (thanks to a yummy wine/cocktail list).  Also stopped into a new juice bar, Juicy Lucy, post-run and pre-park this past week.  If you want it, they have it!  Amazing green smoothies, juices and salads.  I got the healthy boost - pineapple, spinach, sunflower seeds and almond milk.  I never thought to add sunflower seeds to my smoothies, but it’s delicious and different. I’m not really into “cleanses”, but I think it’s a good idea that I start visiting this spot as much as possible since the time between Halloween and Christmas will be a shit show (candy, booze, repeat).  
  • Speaking of Halloween, I’ve gone overboard on decor…already.  Of course, Burke begged to bring these festive table top items home from the store, but once home, decided that they were “too scary.”  Uh huh…
  • Stripes on babies…but when am I not? On a side note, I still prefer shopping for Burke.  Little boys’ clothes are just so much cuter!
  • Binge-watching “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards.” As usual, I’m late to these small screen gems, but I had to start.  Bravo was really dropping the ball with “Jersey Belle” and “Below Deck” (again)
  • Alexander McQueen skull statement rings - to add a little shine/life to my “all gray, all the time” Fall wardrobe. 
  • Argentinian Cabernets.  I know, I didn’t think it would work either, but just trust me…

Not so into:

  • Our less than stellar dental situation with Burke.  Brushing his teeth is what I imagine wrestling a live alligator is like.  As a result of all of the gummies and Swedish fish he received as rewards for potty training (and because brushing his teeth is not exactly a spa treatment), he had a few cavities found at his dentist appointment. Not my best parenting moment, but we are looking into the best possible method to fill the cavities without having to use anesthesia.  Anyone have experience/advice they want to share?  Don’t worry, he has no less than six toothbrushes in each room of the house now to take advantage of any and all brushing situations…

Filed under weekly opinion vistro juicy lucy

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With the temperature hovering in the mid-50s for the past few days, I think it’s safe to say that Fall has arrived. I usually love Fall; it’s by far my favorite time of year. However, for some reason I was really fighting it’s arrival this year. I’m not sure if it’s because I am completely exhausted (thanks to a 9.5 month old child that hasn’t figured out how to sleep through the night yet) and don’t care what season it is or because I know that it’s pesky cousin, winter, is close behind and that means no outside time and children bursting at the seams with bottled up energy.

At any rate, after a fantastic weekend of family, cooler weather and festive activities, I’m now ready. The mums and heirloom pumpkins are out, new jackets procured and Halloween decor in full effect. I went all “Pinterest mom” and made candy corn cookies (um, given the white powder dusted across the top, I will not be dropping them off at Burke’s school anytime soon…may want to rethink that on the next batch). Burke and Mr. B even traded in their “manly” tools for a kitchen set and put together a gingerbread haunted house (Burke was so proud of his candy decorations…and Mr. B of his fondant ghost…).

While I hear that this chilly spell is a tease and that we actually may have an Indian summer after all, I am perfectly content in a cozy sweater, making a big pot of turkey chili with the lingering pumpkin chai candle throughout the house. If only those cookies weren’t staring me in the face…

Filed under Fall

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I’m just not that into toddlers, including my own - The Washington Post

I came across this article on one of my “mom boards” and found it compelling. While the opposite is true for me (I absolutely love the toddler stage and am less of a baby person), I find myself feeling slightly guilty. It’s not that I don’t love babies and find them completely adorable (I obviously do based on the thousands of baby pics of my kids on my phone), it’s more that I would rather spend hours doing an activity or going on a fun field trip with a toddler than nurse/give a bottle, watch a baby roll over or shake a rattle. Yes, toddlers can be extremely difficult creatures, but the hilarious commentary, gigantic smiles and slim chance of them falling asleep half-way through the activity like their younger counterparts make it well worth it.

Thoughts on the author’s POV?

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While we were sad to bid adieu to summer this past weekend, we made the most of it. Parks, pools, Pinot, pigskin and polar bears (at the zoo, of course). 

When we recollected our weekend with Burke at bedtime last night, we asked him his favorite part. 

"Going to Target!" 

Um, right…

While we were sad to bid adieu to summer this past weekend, we made the most of it. Parks, pools, Pinot, pigskin and polar bears (at the zoo, of course).

When we recollected our weekend with Burke at bedtime last night, we asked him his favorite part.

"Going to Target!"

Um, right…