Monday, March 28, 2016

A Note to My Baby Girl: You're 8 Months Old!

Girl you're my angel, your my darling, angel. Closer than my peeps you are to me, baby.
Ok, not the most conventional mother-daughter song...for example, I've never been incarcerated. But, you're totally my shorty and you are a queen and that's how you should be treated. 
Nora, I have so much guilt not being up to date with these monthly posts, and not doing a little photo shoot each time. So. Much. Guilt.
Everyone tells me you wont care, and that I'm being neurotic (Ok, I'm adding that myself)...Just know it's just because I'm doing a trillion things at this point in our lives, and I'd rather hang with you than sit on the computer. I binge write when I get 5 minutes. 
 You are zero to sixty my friend. 
Happy and giggly to sobbing in minutes. 
You just have a lot of feels, I get it.
 You look so much like your brother. 
But you definitely have your own look.
 You are beautiful beyond words.
You take my breath away daily.
 You love being carried.
If I set you down you freak out.
Sometimes it's troublesome because there's like, a mountain of laundry sitting there, but when I'm away from you I crave that closeness. 
I don't know what I'll do with myself when you're too big to carry.
My girl, I could not be prouder.
You're a dream.

Love, Mama.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Happy Play Cafe

If you're a Mom in Chicago, you've probably heard of the play-space with birds and bunnies. And if you haven't?.....Oh man. It's so good. Here's what we thought of Happy Play Cafe:

Oscar (3 years): Quickly warmed up, loved the train table area and the birds the most. He LOVED the birds. I was shocked. He can be easily overwhelmed in certain situations, and I thought a room with 50 birds chirping and flying around would do it....nope. Surprisingly, the bunnies were not as big of a hit with Oscar and his friend. Weird.

Nora (7mos): Girlfriend will have fun anywhere. At 7 months old, there wasn't a ton for her to actually do, but she did enjoy sitting in the little toddler area and watching all of the bigger kids play. The small toddler area had some cushioned obstacle type things (I cant think of what they're called), which I'm sure she'll be really into once she can crawl.

Mama: I really liked it! We had met friends there and they liked it as well. There's an area with bar-stools and a counter where you could work (if your kids will let you) and a ton of comfy chairs throughout the place. The room is big enough for kids to play, but small enough where you don't have to worry about your babe running off. I loved the bunnies, I did not love the bird room......but it's not them, it's me. Irrational fears aside, the room was kept very clean and the birds seem happy and well taken care of. My only only issue with this place, was that the name was a little misleading- there's no cafe. There is one next door which is convenient before or after play but not mid. I was able to leave Oscar with our friends and run next door with Nora, but I would've been stuck sans coffee if our friends weren't there. Which would have made me pretty unhappy. My wish would be that they would offer some sort of connecting door, but if not, now I know to just stop in before the bunny party.

Parking: Easy! I was surprised, I was worried because of the location but there was a ton of metered parking right in front.

Price: Reasonable. I like that one adult is included in the kid price.

Overall: We'll definitely be going back! This place has made it to our top 3, and our friend's agreed. The staff is super sweet, the animals are happy and healthy, and kids love the activity areas. All good stuff.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Wishlist Part 1: Pants!

I love sharing my weekly small business obsessions here. Have anything you'd like to share? Leave it in the comments, I'd love to see!