How has becoming a mom changed
I think it has made me slow down, which is strange because
I have never been busier. But I think you are so aware of how
quickly this stage, especially when they are so tiny, goes by. I've
been touring for almost 13 years nonstop, always in a car, always
in a plane, heading somewhere. Everything was kind of all about me,
what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it. ... But now obviously
everything has shifted. It's been such a joy to just hang out for a
little while and Luca has been such a great reminder of
What has been the biggest surprise so
I was a little bit worried that I would feel bored, not
with being with him, but with the lifestyle of not going somewhere
new every single day. The opposite has been true. It's been really
wonderful to have a routine. I'm thrilled to say I don't find it
boring at all. There are moments that are hard and tedious, of
course. I didn't know how much I would enjoy just the mundane
details of being a mom. I really like it, way more than I thought I
Has Luca made it into many songs
I kind of feel like I am so steeped in the experience of
being a new mom and trying to figure everything out. I need to get
out of that initial part of the experience before I can look back
on it with any kind of understanding or perspective. I feel like
every day I am a complete newbie at this.
What is your ideal day or night in
We love to get up in the morning, go to the Coffee Studio,
which is my favorite coffee place, at Clark and Olive, get a good
cup of coffee and walk over to the dog beach, have breakfast at
m.henry (5707 N. Clark) and then just sort of be in the backyard
with friends. Making a big dinner and going to bed
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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