One Year Later...

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First night home with Jack

First night home with Jack

This time last year I was hobbling down State Street in downtown Chicago trying to get to work for the last few days before Jack was born.  I didn’t know it but I only had one day to go. “Are you carrying twins?” a woman shouted at me as I crossed Washington.  I smiled.  Nope. I shook my head.  (Just one baby.)  “You about ready to be done with this?” said a co-worker eyeing my ever-expanding belly in an ill-fitting shirt.  I smiled.  I knew what he meant.  I was large. And to anyone on the outside it looked like quite the ordeal.  Gaining weight. Uncomfortable. Sweating. “Good Lord girl, do we need to get you to a hospital now?” said a well-meaning CTA worker as I walked into Walgreens.  “Nah. Just headed to work.”  It makes me laugh thinking of all the random conversations I had with Chicagoans just because I was pregnant.  Fast forward one year and so much has changed.  This year has been the most tremendous, magical year of my life.  I thought I would be giving up a lot having a baby: time, sleep, freedom, high-heeled shoes.  All true BUT I just didn’t realize everything I would be gaining.  In addition to a love like no other, I personally feel that I have become sharper, stronger, more compassionate, wiser, more creative and more on-fire for life than I have ever been in my entire life.  I owe it all to Jack.  Happy Birthday little man!

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach



  1. Just love you

    Comment by edie fallon on December 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm

  2. Dear Kate –

    I miss you from the channel 2 CBS news. Before you, I didn’t even watch the news. I have a 6-year-old grandson. So I know how much you have to look forward to. I hope you find your desired position if you haven’t already. Have a wonderful 2016! Happy New Year!


    Comment by F Dubose on December 31, 2015 at 9:26 pm

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