@secondcitymom - Leyla

Chicago through my eyes. Paris on my mind. Wanderer, explorer, and part-time blogger.
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Dreaming of coffee dates but really thinking about lots of baby spam on the way.  Everyday seems like a Monday lately. Happy Monday? #chicago
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Dreaming of coffee dates but really thinking about lots of baby spam on the way. Everyday seems like a Monday lately. Happy Monday? #chicago

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Luke and I went on a date this afternoon. I think we both needed the one on one time. Although I’m sure he would’ve rather been at a playground, I picked the @poetryfoundation so that we can sit and read and explore together. This place is open to the public...and they have children’s books here!  #chicago #chicagolife
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Luke and I went on a date this afternoon. I think we both needed the one on one time. Although I’m sure he would’ve rather been at a playground, I picked the @poetryfoundation so that we can sit and read and explore together. This place is open t

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Charlie’s been home on leave and has decided to set up the house with fun Google smart home stuff line the @googlehomemini and @nest cam using the voice-control features. We tried it in our living room but now we think we will use the camera for the boys’ room. Up next, week we will try the @googlehomemini with the TP-link lights! #googlehomefamily #giftfromgoogle
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Charlie’s been home on leave and has decided to set up the house with fun Google smart home stuff line the @googlehomemini and @nest cam using the voice-control features. We tried it in our living room but now we think we will use the camera for th

The best birthday gift  is having all my babies home. It’s been a stressful two weeks with Cruz being in the NICU for jaundice issues, breathing issues and low body temperature while Levi had weight gain issues so we had to visit the pediatrician every other day to monitor his progress. The baby blues set in last week and I had a few ugly cries bc It all seemed too much. Thankfully, Cruz was discharged last week and both of them passed their 2 week appointment! Luke has been a great big brother by helping us out around the house and giving his brothers kisses whenever possible (and cheesy smiles for pics). Thanks to our friends, family and neighbors for helping us out and checking in on us. #preemies #newborntwins #twinmon #boymom #thisis43
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The best birthday gift is having all my babies home. It’s been a stressful two weeks with Cruz being in the NICU for jaundice issues, breathing issues and low body temperature while Levi had weight gain issues so we had to visit the pediatrician e

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They made their arrival on Friday morning...about 48 hours new! Cruz (4 lbs 9 oz) and Levi (4 lbs 15 oz). Our hands are full and so are our hearts. // For several years, I used to cry myself to sleep in deep sadness asking God for a miracle and to heal my broken heart. For the past few days, I’ve been crying tears of joy thanking God for these miracles and for making my heart whole again. #godisgood #miraclesdohappen #twins #identicaltwins #boymom #twinmom
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They made their arrival on Friday morning...about 48 hours new! Cruz (4 lbs 9 oz) and Levi (4 lbs 15 oz). Our hands are full and so are our hearts. // For several years, I used to cry myself to sleep in deep sadness asking God for a miracle and to he

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A little sitting room inspiration or maybe happy hour planning. Or both. Happy hump day! #chicago
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A little sitting room inspiration or maybe happy hour planning. Or both. Happy hump day! #chicago

Chicago, Illinois
I’m an over-thinker/over-analyzer. After I posted the last picture, I was thinking of changing the caption to say that this pregnancy hasn’t been the easiest for me. It’s come with a lot of stress bc of the high risk nature of it and mostly with self-induced stress. There’s been so many ups and downs, freak out moments followed by some relief. I hold my breath at every ultrasound visit and say a little prayer before opening my eyes to see the babies’ hearts beating. A few weeks ago, the doctor told me there was a slight issue in the growth of one baby. I froze up and my whole body went numb. It consumed my thoughts for a whole week (or until the next visit). But everything was okay. And everything is okay now. This weekend, I decided to take lots of deep breaths whenever those dark thoughts ran past my mind. I’m taking in all the well wishes from friends and strangers. And I’m trying to enjoy the last few weeks of this pregnancy with lighter thoughts and telling myself it’s okay to be happy with how far we have come along. Okay...overthinking over. Thanks for reading all this.  #chicago
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I’m an over-thinker/over-analyzer. After I posted the last picture, I was thinking of changing the caption to say that this pregnancy hasn’t been the easiest for me. It’s come with a lot of stress bc of the high risk nature of it and mostly wit

Chicago, Illinois
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We were going to try to balance a cup of coffee on my belly but that would’ve been a bad idea. Charlie suggested a cold cup of coffee . But we decided it would be safe with a bouquet of hydrangeas from our garden instead. The second pic was me trying to be artistic. I will keep my day job as an accountant. #chicago #hydrangeaallsummerlong #35weekspregnant #pregnantwithtwins
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We were going to try to balance a cup of coffee on my belly but that would’ve been a bad idea. Charlie suggested a cold cup of coffee . But we decided it would be safe with a bouquet of hydrangeas from our garden instead. The second pic was me tryi

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The cutest coffee walk up window and yummiest croissants at @cafebonhomme (with a side of #friendsinmyfeed). And I’m sucker for striped awnings too. Happy Monday! #chicago
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The cutest coffee walk up window and yummiest croissants at @cafebonhomme (with a side of #friendsinmyfeed ). And I’m sucker for striped awnings too. Happy Monday! #chicago

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July 14...a day to give me another excuse to share a picture from Paris. Happy Bastille Day! #paris #parisisalwaysagoodidea #seemyparis #thefrancophiles
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July 14...a day to give me another excuse to share a picture from Paris. Happy Bastille Day! #paris #parisisalwaysagoodidea #seemyparis #thefrancophiles

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Bonjour and happy French Friday! In anticipation of Bastille Day tomorrow, I’m sharing where to find #ParisInChicago on the blog. Hopefully next year I’ll be celebrating the holiday in Paris. Bon weekend! #chicago #thefrancophiles
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Bonjour and happy French Friday! In anticipation of Bastille Day tomorrow, I’m sharing where to find #parisinchicago on the blog. Hopefully next year I’ll be celebrating the holiday in Paris. Bon weekend! #chicago #thefrancophiles

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In just 3 weeks (or sooner), his world will turn upside down. He says he’s ready. I really hope so! By “he” I’m talking about Luke not Charlie 🤣 #chicago #wearehappyplace #rocketsofawesome
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In just 3 weeks (or sooner), his world will turn upside down. He says he’s ready. I really hope so! By “he” I’m talking about Luke not Charlie 🤣 #chicago #wearehappyplace #rocketsofawesome

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Currently craving seafood and lots of city exploration. But I think we can only get the eating part done today.  Happy Sunday! #chicago
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Currently craving seafood and lots of city exploration. But I think we can only get the eating part done today. Happy Sunday! #chicago

Two Lights Seafood & Oyster
You can’t tell but we both of bed head 🤪. It’s been hard to want to do so much but not having the normal energy. This lovely weather is not helping either. But mama needs lots of ️ and . Lastly, scheming a way to take the pendant home. #chicago
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You can’t tell but we both of bed head 🤪. It’s been hard to want to do so much but not having the normal energy. This lovely weather is not helping either. But mama needs lots of ️ and . Lastly, scheming a way to take the pendant home. #chic

Chicago, Illinois
The kicks don’t feel like butterflies anymore but I’m happy they are active, especially after I drink really cold water. We had a fun family night previewing @wearehappyplace. Luke didn’t want to leave! Thank goodness this place will be around for another month. More in my stories. #chicago #wearehappyplace #32weekspregnant #pregnantwithtwins
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The kicks don’t feel like butterflies anymore but I’m happy they are active, especially after I drink really cold water. We had a fun family night previewing @wearehappyplace. Luke didn’t want to leave! Thank goodness this place will be around

HAPPY PLACE
I don’t mind that it rained all yesterday and this morning (except for the extra long commute yesterday morning). I didn’t have to water all my plants and flowers in my patio. Mother Nature took care of it.  Now, if only I can get Mother Nature to schlep him to and from summer camp during work hours without stress...that would be divine!  #chicago #kamikstepoutside
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I don’t mind that it rained all yesterday and this morning (except for the extra long commute yesterday morning). I didn’t have to water all my plants and flowers in my patio. Mother Nature took care of it. Now, if only I can get Mother Nature t

Chicago, Illinois
We took Charlie on a quick trip to London for Father’s Day. Okay, we pretended we were in London 🤪 with these doors. Happy Father’s Day to Luke’s best friend and our biggest supporter. The most patient guy behind the iPhone camera most of the time. We love you! #chicago #lukeanddoors
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We took Charlie on a quick trip to London for Father’s Day. Okay, we pretended we were in London 🤪 with these doors. Happy Father’s Day to Luke’s best friend and our biggest supporter. The most patient guy behind the iPhone camera most of th

Chicago, Illinois