She’s Arrived! Meet the Newest Second City Gal 

It’s been a little more than eight weeks since I’ve posted, but I swear I have a good excuse. Nate and I welcomed the sweetest little girl into the world on Friday, June 26. She is healthy, happy, has a head of vibrant red hair with beautiful blue eyes like her daddy and a feisty personality like me. She already smiles, makes funny faces, and loves cuddles. She has stolen our hearts, and I am head over heels for her. She’s the newest Second City Gal: Ellie.

Now, it has been quite a roller coaster, and let me tell you: the highs are high and the lows are very low. No one can really prepare you for how stressful, anxiety-filled, life-altering (should I continue) those first few weeks are. You are mentally and physically exhausted. I cried when I was happy. I cried when I was sad. I cried when I didn’t know if I was happy or sad. I felt guilty for wanting to go to work because that would be easier than the mystery of motherhood (25 hours of labor–yes, 25–would be easier). I felt fragile, like I could break at any moment, and I did…a lot…yet I had to keep it together for this tiny human that I’ve been excited about for the past 10 months. I felt scared that I wasn’t as joyful as I thought I could or should be. 

One thing I did know was that I felt (and still feel) extremely grateful for everyone who texted, called, emailed, visited, sent a card, made food, brought/sent a card or gift, held her, and gave me the support I needed (still need). There’s nothing more special than sharing this experience with others.

People kept telling me it would get better. I stared at them blankly thinking, “When?” But it has. I’m definitely not out of the woods yet. I still feel vulnerable, but my confidence has grown. I’m starting to know Ellie more: what she needs and what she wants. It’s truly like getting to know a stranger who relies on you to survive. She is a good baby, and I feel blessed for that. 

I miss her when I’m not with her…her smile, her smell. I love the way our pup George protects his sis and kisses her toes. (I call us the three musketeers now because we are always together.) I look forward to the many adventures we will have as a family now. A family…it feels unreal to say. 

I daydream about what she’ll be like in five years, 10 years, 20 years. What she’ll look like. I hope she is a smart girl, a sweet girl. I hope she laughs a lot, and knows that she can come to me with anything and everything. I hope that she finds love in her life. I hope she has a good support system of friends. I hope she doesn’t grow up too fast. I hope she doesn’t stress too much. I hope she feels safe. 

I hope she knows I will do anything for her: I just want her to be happy. And know I will love her always. 

Love you, Ellie. You are everything. 

 xo. Mommy


Week #42 – Chicago Theatre

Well, who doesn’t love to check an item off of her to do list? That’s how I’m starting my week after a recent trip to Chicago Theatre to see one of Nate’s favorite comedians: Bill Burr.

We (Nate and I, plus my brother- and sister-in-law and our friends Scott and Katherine) started off the evening at one of our neighborhood favorites, Butterfly Sushi, and then headed straight to the 7:30 p.m. show.

There’s something I love so much about this theater. The iconic sign (which is almost six stories high) and all the lights outside just give it that special touch of excitement. We walked in and the place was packed, but it didn’t take away from the beauty of the lobby. (Did you know the theater is almost 92 years old?!?)

Nate and I had separate seats from the rest of the group because we decided to go last minute, so we navigated through the theater and found our seats right away. The seats were great–on the floor and easy to see. An even funnier surprise was that my friend Amy from grade school sat right next to us (Nate bought the tickets from her friend!). If we weren’t laughing at Bill Burr, the guy in front of us who had a comment after every joke provided constant entertainment as well.

Our time at the theater was brief, but lovely. The show was good, and it’s even better to know that we will be back in December to see JERRY SEINFELD!

Chicago Theatre
175 North State
The Loop

PS-On a side note, I have 10 weeks left in this blog project. The countdown is on! Anywhere you want me to go? Let me know!




Week #30 – Spotlight: Lunch in Lake Geneva

Last weekend I gave my husband a list of things we could do for the afternoon, and he suggested driving to Lake Geneva. Good answer.

It was humid, like sweaty just standing outside humid, but being by the lake made it so much cooler.

We were starving when we got to town, so we grabbed sandwiches at a restaurant I can’t remember the name of, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. Clearly I was so hungry, I didn’t even take any photos of the food!

Then we walked around, browsed the shops, and stopped by the lake for some photo opps. It was a quick trip, but a lovely way to spend a Sunday.