The Sibling Sleepover or Best. Idea. Ever.

By on Jan 18, 2016 in Expert Advice, General Family, Life With Three, Parenting | 1 comment

First of all…Hey there! Yes we are still alive with the three kids. Everyone is doing great. And it only feels like we are drowning 97% of the time instead of 98% of the time so, improvement! This past weekend was cold in Chicago. I’m not going to complain it’s been a pretty mild winter and we choose to live here (blah blah blah). But three kids and 0 degrees outside? Shoot me in the face. Seriously. At one point I just curled up in a ball on the couch and went into some kind of hibernation. The hibernation of, “I. Can’t. Even.” We somehow got dinner together and on the table an hour early. Which was good because we were all hungry and it was halftime of the football game…hashtag goodtimingforsportsisimportant. Everyone showered and bathed….and it was 6:30 (they usually go to bed at 8 and we are just starting the bedtime routine at this point). Now what? Lucy and I played some Crazy 8s. Then some War (just as annoying as when I was a kid hashtag ifeachpersonhastwoacesitwillneverend). Veronica went to bed. All the teeth were brushed and potty trips happened. And we were just all done. I mean as always at bedtime. But I mean. Done. So I said, “Hey why don’t you guys go have a sleepover in Lucy’s bed?” [Sidenote: all three of our kids share a room, with Lucy getting a top bunk of a custom bunk system and Rocky on the bottom bed and Veronica in the crib.] Kids: “What do you mean?” Me: “I mean go play up in her bed super quietly and maybe Lucy can read books using a book light outloud…but quietly outloud because Veronica is sleeping.” Kids: “WE TOTALLY WANT TO DO THAT!” Us: “Ok. Go. Goodnight.” Up the stairs they went…then there was….silence. We looked at each other and said, “This is just never going to work. It’s only 7pm….but whatever, let’s start a movie.” So start a movie we did. Veronica woke up at one point. Jason put the elders under a blanket with the book light.” At about 8:30 we heard the door open, and little feet come down the stairs. Damnit. Lucy returned the book light. Gave us a kiss, and went back to bed. Rocky gave us a hug and a kiss and put himself back to bed. We looked at each other with a “The Fuck?” look on our faces. How did that work? How did they only wake Veronica up once? But also. THESE KIDS ARE AWESOME! They requested the sleepover again tonight and while I’m all for it, we are keeping it to weekend days (and to keep it special so it doesn’t turn into just pure play and loudness). Rocky also said, “Maybe Veronica can join us when she’s two. I think that’s a good plan.” Given that crazy kid can climb the ladder already and get on the top bunk, I don’t think he’s...

The Highs and Lows of #beingasportsfan

By on Oct 21, 2015 in Chicago, Cubs | 1 comment

The Chicago Cubs. The Fucking Loveable Losers. At the end of last season we were actually a little bit excited. Sure they finished last in the division. Sure they lost 89 games. But. They were fun in the last month. Soler hit the ball far. We had prospects! Bryant would play in 2015! We would do *something*. And we did. We were the third best team in Major League Baseball this year. And still the second wild card because the #NLCentralIsAwesome. And then. We beat the Pirates in the one off. We beat the Cardinals in the 5 game series. And OMG the happiness. The cheering. The toasting. The “Bring It” attitude we had to either the Mets or the Dodgers. Hashtag WeGotThis. Oh the confidence! The Monte Carlo simulations showed the Cubs winning the World Series 35% of the time! How could we lose?! And now. Here we are, down 3 games to none to the goddamn Mets. Currently down 6-0 in the second inning. Jason and I were at the game yesterday and I literally thought he was going to crawl under his chair when Cahill threw that wild pitch. The highs and lows of being a sports fan are ridiculous. We are full of the sadness. Although….I don’t think the sadness is as severe as it could be. Because my god we have a lot to look forward with this team. This team is super young…..they won 97 games this season and made it to the NLCS. After losing 89 games LAST YEAR! But let’s look to next year. We are losing almost no one. Who could we get? The possibility of Heyward? Price? Cute (although with his postseason…maybe not)? Grienke? The rumor mill will be churning starting tomorrow (unless they dig their way out of this game). And we look forward. It was a fun season. Maybe I’m writing this in the hope that I give it up to the Baseball Gods to show me that in baseball you always have to get all the outs and the Mets haven’t yet….it’s not over. Go Cubs!...

One Week and A Year

By on Oct 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

My #timehop app tells me that I wrote this post exactly one year ago. When I was going back through this site to find the link for that post, I realized we wrote almost every day last October. We were on it! We were going to do this! Jason was funny! I was kind of funny! I was going to have so many stories from staying home with kids and I could have my own “mommy blog” (god I loathe that phrase)! And then holy shit it’s hard being home with three kids who are all not in school. I mean I KNEW going into a stay at home gig that it was going to be harder than working a “real” job, but it’s harder in a way that I didn’t understand and I don’t know if I can explain it AND I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone so I won’t even try. I went into stay at home parenting only once the I had the third one.  Like, oh you can’t swim? Well I’m going to throw you in the deep water anyways and see how you do. Good Luck! Oh and there is a Rocky thrown into the mix! But we made it through the summer. Cleverly planned vacations to be every three weeks helped a lot. And now here we are with an almost 6 year old, a 3.5 year old and a 1 year year old. These three stopped for exactly one picture for me to take of them and then continued their running and pretending and playing. School has been a good choice for each kid. I thought Rocky might fail preschool but he’s doing fine. He’s so different from Lucy because Lucy went into preK-3 a little bit older and coming from a full day daycare situation so she knew more letters and numbers. But of course this doesn’t actually matter and when I ask him what he did in school he says, “I played!” and that makes me happy because of course that’s what you should be doing. He’s only in for a half day so Veronica and I go pick him up and then home for lunch. Possibly the best thing about school for Rocky is it knocks him out for a nice afternoon nap again which he had given up. I was worried about full day kindergarten after a summer of no schedules no nothing, but it’s been awesome. It’s a Chicago neighborhood elementary school and while of course they do shit I don’t like, no school is going to be perfect AND they do a lot of things I do like. The best best best part of this is that we live 2.5 blocks away from school. We walk every day. It’s kind of a parade of kids walking to school. The little boy across the street is in her class and they are “best” friends. When I’m out walking around Lincoln Square I frequently run into other parents who’s kids go to Waters. I live in this giant city and I might as well be in a small town. It 100% has that feeling. And I love it. Big city girl with a love for the quaint. We are going to try and get back on writing here more because really, everyone needs more TenLanes in their life. Quote of the house recently, “SHE FLUSHED MY PEE AND I WANTED TO FLUSH MY OWN PEEEEEEEE!!!!!!” Dude? Really?...