Our Week In Chicago

This is a post written by Greg which originally appeared on MommyDaddyBlog.com.

We R FaaamiiilySo we’ve been in Chicago since Monday to visit family so that they too can welcome Boogie into the world, and now we’re at the tail end of our mini vacation. Before we made our way to Chicago, we talked about spending every day taking Boogie to millions of places and showing him the exciting city of Chicago. Wanna know what we’ve done so far since we’ve been up here?

Monday – slept
Tuesday – slept
Wednesday – slept
Thursday – slept
Friday – took Boogie downtown to Lake Shore Drive
Today – slept

(somewhere in between all of those “slept”‘s, we ate, used the bathroom a few times, and slept some more)

I’m sorry, but when you factor in a week off of work with tons of family wanting to spend time with Boogie (aka babysit him), you better believe we’re going to catch up on those countless hours of sleep we haven’t been getting! Over the past couple of weeks, Boogie’s sleeping patterns have been backwards. He’ll wake up around 2AM in the morning wanting to play, and won’t go back to sleep until about 7AM. So basically, around the time that Mommy and I are going to sleep, Boogie is waking up. So we’re currently working on turning that around!

In other news, our little one has broken out in what seems to be baby acne. He started getting red bumps on his right cheek during our first couple of days in Chicago, and they spread to his forehead and parts of his left cheek shortly thereafter. We’re thinking the detergent my mother used on the sheets in the bed we’re sleeping in could be the culprit (yes, we co-sleep, and please, no unsolicited baby advice!), or maybe something or someone he has come into contact with since he’s in a new environment. We’re not totally sure, so we’re going to see if they start to clear up once we get back home. Anyone have any experience with baby acne, feel free to chime in! Edit: We wash all of our laundry in Dreft detergent, wipe Boogie’s face with just water, and bathe him in Aveeno baby products! Forgot to mention that!

Thanks to everyone who congratulated us on the engagement! Just to clear up any confusion: I know I’ve commented on some of you guys’ blogs claiming Mommy as my finacee’ way before our engagement on Sunday. We had considered ourselves engaged for about a year prior to Sunday, but never really considered it “official” until a ring was on her finger. The boyfriend/girlfriend title just didn’t fit us anymore, as we felt we were way past that, but I just wasn’t in a financial position to purchase a ring back then. Now I am (sort of), so now it’s “official”!

So tomorrow we plan on heading back downtown and getting more pictures of Boogie in the Windy City. Hopefully it won’t be too cool. Anyone who’s from Chicago knows that Chicago weather is unpredictable. What the weatherman says means nada. We plan on getting the pictures we’ve taken over the past week and the ones we take tomorrow uploaded and posted tomorrow… that is, if we don’t sleep the day away again. So see you guys here tomorrow! Hopefully.

By the way, can anyone recommend any good video editing software/programs? I’ve finally put my new camcorder to use and shot a few videos of Boogie. Now it’s time for the editing and uploading part.


By the way again, this is actually our 100th post. Eh, we planned on making a big deal out of it, but those plans kind of subsided since we just realized that this was our 100th post 10 minutes ago. I was thinking of doing something along the lines of what BusyDad did, but I’m not that creative (plus I couldn’t think of 100 things about me, I got stuck at 12). So, I guess I’ll just say, Happy 100th Post!

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

21 Comments

  • Reply May 21, 2008

    Amanda

    No advice from me on the baby acne…I have no experience with it.

    But happy 100th post!

    And the software that I use to edit Eli’s photos & videos is onetruemedia.com. The best part about it is that it is free to sign up and you can use certain features for free. You only pay extra for the extra things you want for your videos.

    Amanda’s last blog post..RiDdLe 4 u!

  • Reply May 20, 2008

    Sheliza

    Happy 100th post!! I am so glad you all got some sleep! I really love the family photo. I think baby looks like a complete 50/50 of mommy and daddy.

    Sheliza’s last blog post..Are You Text Savvy?

  • Reply May 20, 2008

    Suzie

    My baby had terrible baby acne too. It will go away it just takes awhile

    Suzie’s last blog post..Dreaming of Captain Crunch

  • Reply May 20, 2008

    Keisha

    Hi y’all ! Sheena and Greg you 2 were already a cute couple but now look at what a beautiful family the 3 of you make ! :)
    Glad to ‘hear’ you two have been getting some sleep and some rest and it’s nice to see you made it out into the fresh air.
    That darling Boogie is growing and changing so wonderfully, just lovely. And I see he’s doing what he’s supposed to; waking you up when you least expect it and then switch it up on you. Good work Boogie. Lol. :)

    I don’t get to pop in as much but I am always thinking of you all.
    I told you 2 before, it’s like I know you. :)
    Anyway, yeah, I thought you 2 were already engaged and I never noticed or thought about Sheena not wearing a ring (mine turned into a pinky ring when I was preg ) but I get what you mean about it being “official” with the ring and being beyond bf/gf. I hope I get and invite to the wedding if you 2 decide to to go that route. I will certainly show up, I’m only about 8 hours away. Shameless for asking aren’t I ? :D
    Well, that’s enough of the letter writing.
    Prayers and hugs for you guys and I’m blowing Boogie a kiss to those adorable chubby cheeks :)
    ~Keisha

  • Reply May 19, 2008

    Natalie

    I’d be doing the same thing as you…sleeping! My mom is coming this weekend and is staying for more than a week, I fully intend on using this to my advantage and taking some naps. My nearly 10 month old still doesn’t sleep through the night and my 3 year old gets up way too early.

    Anyway…the acne will probably go away on it’s own in the next few weeks or months. Baby acne is pretty common and not indicative of what their future skin will be like.

    Now…go get some sleep! ;)

    Natalie’s last blog post..JazO Shades

  • Reply May 19, 2008

    Kim

    The acne could just be baby acne .. as another commentor mentioned, it could just be mama’s hormones leaving Boogies’ little system. It will clear up on its own (both my boys had it).

    And I am all for the co-sleeping.. and sleeping in general. :)

    Kim’s last blog post..Sunday Snapshots

  • Reply May 19, 2008

    monika

    the baby acne could be eczema. if anyone in the family has a history of asthma, eczema or psoriasis. i would talk to your doctor. my son use to break out like a fresh strawberry, turned out he has eczema. good thing is that if that is what it is, you’re already doing good using aveeno since that what they will recommend. that and keeping him moisturized.

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Cheri

    I have just recently begun reading your blogs. I started about 2-3 weeks before Boogie came. This is my first post.
    Congratulations on the baby and engagement! How exciting for both.
    Just wanted to add that I have a 3 year old son and we have been co-sleeping since the begining – well he was first in a co-sleeper then we moved him into the big bed. I think co-sleeping is the greatest thing we can do as families and I wish more families did it! We love it!
    I wish your beautiful family all the best!
    Cheri

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Sky

    Happy 100th post!! That’s great!

    As for the baby acne…I always used Clinque’s lotion for my kids. You know that one in the square bottle? It worked like a charm! Hope that helps!!

    Sky’s last blog post..MommyFest Potluck

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Ana

    What a beautiful picture of the fam! Awwww :)
    Congrats on the official “fiancee” title!
    Both my boys had baby acne. We switched to a nontoxic, environmentally safe laundry detergent long ago and that helped with everyone in the fam as well as the baby acne. (allergies included). If you have a local whole food store you can check out the brands they have or perhaps try http://www.charliesoap.com. Some parents switch to Dreft laundry soap. You can get it at just about any store (ie Walmart, Kmart, Tarjay).

    For washing the baby try hypoallergenic, scent free baby washes and shampoos. I heard that apricot oil can help. I’ve never tried it so I can vouch for it. HTH

    BTW-My bro and his wife are in chicago. Live off Michigan Ave. I used to live in Schaumberg in the 90′s.

    I think I’ve rambled long enough. ;) Enjoy the remainder of your trip!

    Ana’s last blog post..Today Lil Man Has His Tonsils Removed

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    1stopmom

    Good for you two enjoying your visit with family and catching up on some sleep. Your picture looks adorable. Boogie just gets cuter by the day. All my kids had baby acne and a lot of thngs were the cause of it. The main causes were the kisses, everyone was kissing his fat little cheeks constantly. His skin was just too sensitive , especially to the different things people have on their lip (gloss, lipstick, or chapstick). One of the big things was people touching his face a lot. It was really hard to get people to not do that because when you are holding a baby in your arms and you are looking at him you feel like you just have to rub their cute little face! Also when other people were holding him I had them hold him in one of his blankets because I wasn’t sure if he was allergic to what they washed their clothes in. Hope I wasn’t rambling too much. Btw, I co-slept with all my kids and they are just fine.

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  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Raquita

    oh yeah and both girls got baby acne – and we just kept their skin clean and moisturized – and stuck with the dreft for the first six months and washing our clothes in grown up free type detergents like the tyde free – it went away quickly

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  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Raquita

    Funny thing – Jerry and I got formally engaged when cam was about six months old and married when Cam was a year – literally the week after her first birthday, and we co slept with both girls until they were about eight or nine months – they both kick like the dickens and Bri made the switch to her bed rather is making hte switch to her bed now.

    Its not going as well as I would have liked.

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Gina

    Hey, take advantage of friends and family who are willing to ‘babysit’ for you. REST REST REST!! Hope you guys have fun today, hopefully its not to cool or windy. We just got back from Chicago we have family there as well (my inlaws) so we’re there quite often.

    Lyric had some baby acne, not to bad but she did have it when she was a newborn, wash with no soap that’s what we found worked, just a washcloth and some warm water.

    Gina’s last blog post..Oops……..

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Kate

    I just found your blog and am loving it – so glad I made it here! Anyway, everything I’ve heard about baby acne (after both of my kids having it) just says that lots of babies get it and it’s usually not caused by anything, just a stage of infancy. So maybe you don’t have to blame your mother for it :-) Good luck, it’s fun reading about your journes here!

    Kate’s last blog post..Lycra + Rain = Great Eqaualizer

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    tanyetta

    Get your SLEEP in by any means necessary. You know I love looking at your family photos.

    p.s. I am JACKING this photo from your blog right now. Yup, so don’t even trip. ;)

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  • Reply May 18, 2008

    BusyDad

    Wow – like a 10 or so congrats are in order here!! I don’t blame you for taking advantage of all the sleep opportunities!

    And hey, you’ve got 12 facts down right? Might as well throw them out there. No sense wasting random facts. There are starving bloggers in silicon valley who would love to have something to post.

    BusyDad’s last blog post..I Can

  • Reply May 18, 2008

    Ambrosia

    I read that it could just be the extra hormones he has from mommy that are leaving his system, or it could be something he came in contact with. I used a dryer sheet once with my daughter and haven’t since. They made her break out when she was a few months old, and I haven’t tried them since (sometimes they irritate me, too).

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