What do you think contributed most to the close relationships you have with your parents and siblings?
Hmmm. So something about my parents is that they are each other’s best friend. They value family so much. They have so many friends but have never really cared about a social life. They are very open communicators. I think that open conversation was always very available to us when we were growing up. We never felt judged and spent a lot of time as a family. My parents have always been very loving — lots of I love you’s, lots of hugs and talks and just reminding each other how much we care for each other. I am so grateful for my parents — they have given me the greatest foundation of family. They really taught my siblings and I to always know that our family was a safe place. My brother and sister and I all fall back on that all the time — we are each other’s safe place.
If you could re-plan your wedding today, what would you do? (Thinking decor, too!)
I would not have thinned out my hair! It looked so ratty. Otherwise NOTHING! I loved our wedding so much.
Are you headed back to Chicago anytime soon?
Yes! I’ll be back in October with just Georgie! I’m so excited!
Do you work with an influencer management company?
Yes, I work with Estate Five and they are my lifeline.
Was college Liz a partier? How about post-grad Liz?
Honestly, high school Liz partied more than college Liz! Yikes. I was a Pi Phi in college and we had PLENTY of nights that were the best ever. But I also had a boyfriend who went to school 2 hours away and I feel like I was constantly visiting him. So my college experience feels more centered on that then doing what I should have been doing! Post grad Liz worked right away and lived with her best friends and going out looked different! I feel like we floated around, meeting new people, going to dinner with big groups, going to college bars for football Saturdays and very free-spirited. Those were very very fun years.
Was it challenging adding a third kiddo when you were already out of the baby stage with the other two?
I mean yes and no. By the third you know what to expect! George isn’t hard — Charlie and Jack are hard! I feel like you savor the baby stage so much more with every baby. I don’t really focus on high maintenance stages with my kids. It is what it is and it’s such a short period of time that I just sort of do what I have to do and power through. Dave and I actually just chatted at dinner that each of our kids is so different and just such a blessing. Like George completed this void that we didn’t even know was there! Newborns are exhausting but gosh I wish I could rewind! It goes too fast.
Did your newborns sleep in your room or in their own room right away? Pros and cons?
All of our kids slept in our room for about 6 weeks. Then we moved them to their room! Pro — easy to grab and feed. Con — you don’t sleep. Ha! Babies are so loud, constant grunts and noises.
What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
I don’t like fancy drinks! I’m a cold brew + splash of almond milk or unsweetened passionfruit iced tea.
Did you/do you ever worry about your kids meeting developmental milestones?
I did with Charlie because he was my first but I don’t worry about it anymore. I feel like there are so many resources if and when there is any concern and now I know that ALL BABIES ARE DIFFERENT! They all figure it out.
What’s one question you hate getting asked by followers?
How much money do you make?
How soon after giving birth did you feel comfortable being intimate again?
Maybe 3 months? But not comfortable in a confidence sort of sense, more so in a I should do this for my husband sort of way 🙂 I would say it’s kind of painful for a good 6 months.
Is there a current trend you absolutely can’t stand?
Shackets. There is nothing feminine about a shacket.
Describe your ideal Saturday.
Wakeup, coffee, go for a run, shower, go out for breakfast with our family, take kids to the beach, home for naps, go on a walk with kids, happy hour with our family on the porch, ordering food and movie night on the couch with popcorn.
Favorite cocktail to make at home?
Tequila, soda, two limes.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
I’m not a breakfast eater! I don’t usually eat until lunch unless it’s on the weekend. BUT if I did eat breakfast it would be a bagel and cream cheese or english muffin with peanut butter.
How often do you, Dave, and the boys get recognized while out in public?
Here and there! I LOVE IT! When one of you says hello it feels like I’m connected to all of you.
If you could go back in time or to the future, which would you choose? And what time period?
I don’t really have a desire for either! I’m happy right here.
What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?
Laying on the couch all day. That is so not me but every once in awhile I need a couch day.
Have you considered plastic surgery?
I for sure would get my boobs done. They are sad little pancake slopes that need a boost. Just need to make sure I’m done having babies. 🙂
Are you sad you didn’t have a girl?
When we found out that George was a boy, I was really sad. But I let myself cry and be upset and I sort of decided that I was going to rewrite the story of a “boy mom” and be the girliest boy mom ever. Ha! George is a DREAM. Now I feel so lucky that my boys get to have each other forever. My boys are the greatest gift in my life.
Something Dave does that gets on your nerves?
He leaves a q-tip by the toilet almost every morning. WHYYYYY.
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