Leaving Chicago

By the time you read this I will have already left Chicago.  Mind blown.

I spent less than 8 months in this city, but am extremely sad to be leaving.  It is especially tough to say goodbye because I didn’t get to experience even half of its wonderful offerings.

However, because both my OB and the hospital (where I delivered and also the location of the NICU) are located across the street from the Musem Of Contemporary Art Chicago, I did regularly look at the art instillation that was located at the museums steps.

The sculpture took on special meaning to me.  So much so, that it became the theme of my time here.  And whenever I started to feel bad about not getting to experience the city the way I’d imagined, it reminded me that my time in Chicago had a different purpose.

Ready to see it?

Here it is:


Kind of perfect, right?

This is Work No. 1357, MOTHERS by Martin Creed was installed during August this year.  I thought the decision to create this sculpture and to display it across the street from a Women’s Hospital was kind of perfect.   (You can learn more about the sculpture HERE)

There I stayed, first fending off pre-term labor and then later delivering and supporting my daughter in the NICU and finally getting to take her home.  It was during this time and in this place that I became a mother.

Lukus took the above photo as a keepsake.  Kind of poetic, don’t you think?

And with that I close this Chicago chapter.  Thank you to everyone who welcomed me into this city— I hope to cross paths again…



  1. Oh my gosh, reading this kind kind of gave me the chills Alexis. I’m sure that one day Chicago is going to have a special meaning for your daughter too. Well, mysterious woman, you will have to let me know where you are landing. Hope you have a safe trip!

    xo Mary Jo

  2. Great image, very poetic! Wishing you safe traveling and can’t wait to see the happiness that Atlanta brings you.xx

  3. Good luck on the family move from Chicago. That art installation is kinda perfect.

  4. One of my favorite posts, thus far. Nicely written.

    I’m excited for you and your adventures to come. And you’ll hav an extra travel buddy to tag along. :)

  5. Perfect timing for the art installation :)

  6. Such an amazing piece of art – I absolutely love it! Good luck & safe traveling!

  7. Great Sculpture… Where would we be without Mothers?

  8. How fitting! I was thinking the baby will say she was born in Chicago, but will she have a Georgia accent?

  9. Why did this make me cry?! it was utterly perfect.
    Good Luck on your newest journey!

  10. That is a really nice keepsake photo and what a great idea it was to place it where they did, very inspirational. Good luck in your new city :)

  11. What a great story!

    xo Jennifer


  12. THE-LOUDMOUTH says:

    This is so touching. How interesting that your move to Chicago had such a great purpose, and you probably didn’t even know it at the time. God works in mysterious ways!

  13. Absolutely perfect :)

  14. Happymother says:

    This is very touching! Great sculpture! Incredible that you are already moving. Wish you a very safe drive and a very happy time!

  15. Wow I love the Mothers’ statue. Aww I’ve never been to Chicago, it’s on my list of cities to visit!
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  16. Aw Alexis! This was so sweet. I’m wishing you and your family very happy holidays! xo

  17. Everything happens for a reason Alexis! So happy I’m back to your site. Life has been a whirlwind. Congrats on the bundle of joy as well! On to the next destination…

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