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When our twin girls were first born, we didn't expect to sleep. We knew we'd be up most of the time feeding, changing diapers, etc. Once someone asked me how much sleep I had gotten the night before. I hesitated... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
I'l "like" your Facebook group as soon as you start it. I think you're right on track.
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Our girls stayed up late. I figured it was worth the next day "not enough sleep" crankiness to spend the time with their grandparents and cousins. They loved the drive between Gramma's and home. There were people just standing on street corners waving Blackhawks flags. Of course we honked and cheered. I hope it will be a great memory for them.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2010 on Bedtimes and Blackhawks at Chicago Moms Blog
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My friends tend to think I'm pretty plugged in because I blog, and I'm currently working for one of the world's leading consulting firms. I can use social media and consulting lingo like a pro, as long as none of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
It's really, really hard to maintain all my friendships. We try to make contact with everyone at least twice a year via Christmas cards and a big gethering for a concert in Millenium Park. I keep telling my husband that some day we'll have a lot of free time and will be able to rekindle these friendships on a deeper level. We haven't been able to keep all our friends in the circle, and we've added new ones, but at least we're trying.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2010 on Reflecting on Friendships at Chicago Moms Blog
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I feel this way every time I see a child younger than our girls. They are only six and I already mourn the lost time.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2010 on Time passes at Chicago Moms Blog
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It's always about the bottom line. Shareholders like concepts like healthier food in schools, but only if it doesn't interfere with their stock dividends.
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Too funny Emily! I hope you will be gentle with your husband while the games are on. Unlike my husband, who during the last series wanted to talk about our renovation project -- just to mess with me. Like I could concentrate on anything during the game.
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It's official. The Chicago Blackhawks are going to the Stanley Cup finals. This means, of course, that the whole town will be hockey crazy for a little while longer. As a life long hockey fan (We could ice skate before... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
My husband always says we'll change our dental insurance plan just before the girls need braces. One plan pays a lot more of the cost than the other. At least the braces are better than they were when I was a kid. All the nieces and nephews had braces with different color wires. They looked at them as a fashion accessory.
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Your post should be required reading for all SAHMs. I work from home, so in some ways I have the best of both worlds. I can take some time here and there to take the girls to activities. I just have to work later in the night to make sure the work all gets done. Still, I am always aware that it's not as carefree as it was when I wasn't working. We had a lot more flexibility then to just decide what to do on any specific day. Good luck with the job hunt!
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It's amazing that you used to be an adult isn't it? Once you have children, people think it's okay to give you all kinds of unsolicited advice. Most people are better off keeping their thoughts to themselves, but they don't realize it. They think they are doing you a great service, even though they are just making fools on themselves.
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Oh yeah, you live in the suburbs. A girlfriend just bought a house in Geneva. She swore she wouldn't use any chemicals on her grass. I just laughed. I tried to explain to her that sending your weeds to the neighbors was the suburban version of a social disease. She lasted one season. She finally gave in when two different neighbors offered to loan her a spreader.
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It's not like they are asking me for a recipe. I think as a society we'd be a lot better off if we didn't know what went on in other people's bedrooms or doctor's offices, especially when those people are strangers or casual acquaintances. Since those are the only two ways I know of to create a baby, I think we should keep those topics a bit more private. Plus, I have never heard anyone comment about strangers asking how their singleton was created. Yet, I'd bet most mothers of multiples have been asked if they used fertility drugs. I know it's a common conversation among the twins moms I know. Sometimes we try to figure out the most inappropriate place we've been asked. A girlfriend was asked in the bathroom of her synagogue. I think that wins!
Toggle Commented May 21, 2010 on Just stop asking at Chicago Moms Blog
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You'd be surprised how many people asked if they were natural or we used drugs. It's shocking, really.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2010 on Just stop asking at Chicago Moms Blog
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Here's one thing I just don't understand. Given all the news stories about how women are waiting to have children, and how the increase in fertility treatments has lead to an increase in multiples, how is it that people still... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
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I would call the police to make sure someone followed up. You cannot stop because you have to think about your children. They are your first priority. You can teach them compassion and safety by explaining that although you don't know if it's safe to check in him, you want to make sure those with the proper training do.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2010 on The Compassion Debate at Chicago Moms Blog
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Idon't know how or when, but we've become a society that believes that nothing is our fault. Everything is someone's else's fault. This is the "sue you if something goes wrong" mentality all around us. This is why we have warnings on our coffee that say, "Hot Liquids Inside." No one tries to do the right thing because it is someone else's responsibility to do it. Next time we see the family it will be after a large settlement is announced. The family will say, "Nothing can bring our baby back, but we made them pay for their mistake." Even then they will not accept that they had a part in the boy's death.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2010 on Imagining a Better Way at Chicago Moms Blog
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We're adopting an older dog from an animal shelter. I get to skip the highly-overrated puppy chewing on everything and potty training phases. Of course, we're doing it before we replace the carpeting...just in case to adjustment isn't as easy as we hope.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2010 on The Myth of the Family Dog at Chicago Moms Blog
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We have a mix of one-week camps and nothing going on days. There are a few things like Brookfield Zoo camp that I want our girls to do. Otherwise, I'll open the back door and let them play.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2010 on Summer Camp Opt-Out at Chicago Moms Blog
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I had the same thought. I used to work for a medical society. The female surgeons rarely had more than one child -- if they had any children. Most were unmarried or married to another surgeon. The reality is it is almost impossible to have it all. Either you can focus on having a life and family or you can be at the top of your profession. It is rare to find a woman who is at the top of her profession and has a stable family life. I find this even at my current job. The women in the C-suite are either divorced, married with no children or have stay-at-home husbands. I have one girlfriend who is at the top of her profession and has a stable family life. I asked her how she does it and she replied, "I have a wonderful wife." She meant their nanny took care of things at home so she could work. Without the resources to have a full-time nanny, she would have had to choose between work and family.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2010 on An Either/Or Proposition? at Chicago Moms Blog
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I have the same disease. It's like so much that I knew just got shoved into a corner when I became a mom. Sometimes it's as if the train just won't bring the information back into the station quickly enough. I stand there searching for a word or detail that I know I know. The good part is we all laugh about it.
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I totally agree that a profit-driven system is not in the best interests of patients. When I recently took my husband to the emergency room, the admissions clerk refused to let him see the doctor until we produced an insurance card. Of course, this is illegal. Hospitals have to provide emergency care. The clerk didn't seem to care about anything but our insurance card. The nurse finally wheeled him into the emergency room despite the clerk's demands. We have amazing insurance, but that shouldn't be the deciding factor when it comes to treatment. We were treated so poorly by this woman. I kept wondering how people without insurance were treated.
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I couldn't go on the Galena trip with you, but you can let your client know we booked a trip for October because of your invitation. I started doing some research after receiving your invitation. We've been wanting to get out there for a while, so we finally made the reservation.
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I always tell our daughters to love the age their are. Even though they are only 6, they want to be 7 or 8 or 16. I always say, "You have to have fun being six because once your are seven you can never be six again." In their own way they do understand it. I think every age it that way. You have to enjoy whatever age you are because you cannot get that time back. Life is good, so focus on that and it will all be fine.
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