Leyla (@secondcitymom) — Chicago through my eyes. Paris on my mind.
Wanderer, daydreamer, and part-time blogger.
Mom of three // twin mom
Levi is serious and ready for the weekend. Cruz is laid back doesn’t seem to car
Levi is serious and ready for the weekend. Cruz is laid back doesn’t seem to care. 😂 They may be identical but they have very different personalities. I can’t believe they will be 3 months tomorrow. 😭 #lifewithtwins#twinmom#13weeksold
20.10.2018 00:03:11
Not my normal post but I wanted to share. I was emptying out Luke’s backpack yes
Not my normal post but I wanted to share. I was emptying out Luke’s backpack yesterday to see what was in his school folder and found his art project and this note he wrote for me - “ Dear Mama, I’m excited to see you after school” with a picture of me, the stroller and Luke running towards me. I choked up a bit, okay a lot. I know this maternity leave is supposed to be bonding time with the twins but I think it has been bonding time for me and Luke too. He said he loves it that I’m always there waiting for him when he gets out of school. I’m gonna miss these days. 😭😭 #momlife#maternityleavelife#lettersfrommyson
18.10.2018 21:57:02
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Behind the Dolly Parton mural is a cute courtyard with a colorful mural of Chica
Behind the Dolly Parton mural is a cute courtyard with a colorful mural of Chicago’s skyline and a clean interior space perfect for parties. One of the places we visited during Open House Chicago this weekend. I’m glad we ventured out of the loop to find more gems like @thelytlehouse.#chicago#OHC2018
16.10.2018 21:53:39
It seemed like we had 5 days of fall and now it’s winter ❄️😭. #chicago
It seemed like we had 5 days of fall and now it’s winter ❄️😭. #chicago...more
15.10.2018 13:35:03
For anyone doing Open House Chicago this weekend, check out @poetryfoundation! I
For anyone doing Open House Chicago this weekend, check out @poetryfoundation! It’s a beautiful building and space and even has kids books. We are heading out to BIg Monster Toys. Hopefully the line won’t be as long as year’s. What’s on your list for today? #chicago#chiarchitecture#ohc2018
13.10.2018 15:23:51
I can’t believe they’re 12 weeks old already and I can’t believe it’s only been
I can’t believe they’re 12 weeks old already and I can’t believe it’s only been 12 weeks. It feels like forever ago that they came home. Maybe because so much happened since then and we’ve come so far. But then I feel that we haven’t done much at the same time. I’m sure I’m not making sense. When I get more sleep, hopefully everything will start making sense. // this was taken yesterday....my first attempt of our self portrait, which I wanted to do one for each week for their first 12 weeks. I started at week 12. #lifewithtwins#twinmom
12.10.2018 20:39:45
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Luke has been helping me forage for colorful leaves for the past few days so we
Luke has been helping me forage for colorful leaves for the past few days so we can create an ombré leaf together. I will miss picking him up from school, going for short exploration walks afterwards and not feeling rushed to go home right away. I’m trying to make the most of these next few weeks....and playing the lottery so I will never have to work again. 🙈 #Chicago#fallleaves🍁🍂
11.10.2018 22:18:26
Charlie just told me he heard on the news that the Bloomingdale’s home store is
Charlie just told me he heard on the news that the Bloomingdale’s home store is moving out if the historic Medinah Temple because the building is up for sale. But that they might have a problem finding buyers because of some religious language etched on the building? Now I want to go there and look for it. #chicago
11.10.2018 15:23:05
I should be sleeping but I’m too busy planning what we will see this weekend dur
I should be sleeping but I’m too busy planning what we will see this weekend during Open House Chicago - a free public festival that offers access to more than 250 buildings across Chicago. I was going to share a blog post on my top 5 picks for this year but I think I will save the extra hours for sleep. Anyway, I saw that @fieldhousejones is on the list this year. It’s a cool place with a cool coffee shop. If you live in Chicago and want to play tourist for a day or two, I highly recommend checking out @chiarchitecture’s website for all the info on Open House Chicago. (This is not a sponsored post. This an event that I really enjoy and look forward to every year. And it’s free!). #chicago#ohc2018
11.10.2018 02:29:21
I’m not gonna to lie, I’m gonna miss these warm fall days. I feel like my summer
I’m not gonna to lie, I’m gonna miss these warm fall days. I feel like my summer just got started. I still haven’t gotten the chance to wear the summer clothes I bought last summer (on clearance) so that I can wear this summer. 🙈#chicago
09.10.2018 19:22:50
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When you can't make it to the restaurant, you have the restaurant deliver to you
When you can't make it to the restaurant, you have the restaurant deliver to you. We're trying to take the twins out to eat with us but sometimes it's better just to eat at home because they are so unpredictable (x2). When I saw that @trycaviarchi delivers lunch from one of my favorite restaurants - @avecchicago, I planned a lunch date with Charlie in the comfort of our home.  We even set up our dining table like a restaurant and tried to make sure the twins were sleeping so we can eat baby-free. But I think Levi smelled the good food and woke up wanting to join us. It was okay though, the chorizo stuffed dates were just as good and the watermelon salad is now one of my favorites from Avec. This was the fanciest lunch during my maternity leave! @trycaviar#partner (Use code "LEYLA" for $10 off your first order on www.trycaviar.com/chicago)
08.10.2018 15:36:10
It’s a lot trippier in person. 🌀 #chicago
It’s a lot trippier in person. 🌀 #chicago...more
06.10.2018 23:31:27
It may have taken us 30 minutes to get out of the house and a 5 minute drive but
It may have taken us 30 minutes to get out of the house and a 5 minute drive but this new family of 5 made it to @jackspumpkinpopup for our first pumpkin patch picture (hopefully a start to new tradition). Such a fun spot in the city! More on our adventure at @jackspumpkinpopup in my stories. #chicago#pumpkinpatch
06.10.2018 01:12:36
This month’s goals, finding orange in Chicago and figuring out the twins’ Hallow
This month’s goals, finding orange in Chicago and figuring out the twins’ Halloween costume. Any ideas are welcome! #chicago
04.10.2018 14:35:22
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When my friend asked me to go to @chicago_gourmet at the last minute, I jumped a
When my friend asked me to go to @chicago_gourmet at the last minute, I jumped at the opportunity so I could drink all the sparkling rosé I could. It may or may not be a good thing before my minor surgery procedure tomorrow. Side note, there was hardly anything in that glass 😬 and I’m wearing the same clothes as yesterday bc if there’s no spit up on it, it’s worth repeating 😂. #chicago
30.09.2018 22:55:41
We just got home from @greatwolflodge and I realized I was wearing my wolf 🐺 ear
We just got home from @greatwolflodge and I realized I was wearing my wolf 🐺 ears on the whole drive home 😬. We all needed this fun day which came with a lot of firsts. First time at Great Wolf Lodge. First “long” car trip for Cruz and Levi. First day being out of the house for more than 6 hours. They did great although I was stressed about it this AM. Maybe bc they knew their big brother needed this fun day the most. Today was the first time Luke tried rocking climbing. He didn’t get to enjoy the waterpark bc he had a giant mosquito bite on his eyelid the other day. But there were plenty of other things for him to do. We promised Luke we’ll be back this winter for the waterpark. More in stories. Thank you #greatwolflodge for hosting us! #makingmemories
29.09.2018 22:40:53
Some days I wish I had two extra arms so I can comfort both of them when they ne
Some days I wish I had two extra arms so I can comfort both of them when they need to be held at the same time or to feed them when they are hungry at the same time. In this case, to hold both of them up to this mural together. I was thinking of sharing a blog post about rainbows and chasing rainbows. Because after the rain (in my case, many tears) a rainbow magically appears. And indeed, I found my rainbows. 🌈 It just so happens as I was thinking of the blog post, I saw that @drewinchicago (an account I just started following and enjoy very much) posted a picture of this rainbow mural by @thejoemiller last Sunday. I texted every wall hunting friend about this. For the location, please check out @drewinchicago’s and the @thejoemiller’s pages and give them some love. The blog post is coming soon...
28.09.2018 21:15:17
It’s Friday and it’s Paris-o’clock on my mind! Trying to convince my husband to
It’s Friday and it’s Paris-o’clock on my mind! Trying to convince my husband to take a trip before I return to work. Preferably somewhere in 🇫🇷. #paris#parisisalwaysagoodidea#thefrancophiles#seemyparis
28.09.2018 15:38:35
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