There are so many challenges to being a new parent, no matter the season. Sleepless nights, endless crying, and dirty diapers are not bound by a particular time of year, and spit-up does not care about the vagaries of the changing months. But then, there is winter. More specifically, there is winter in Chicago, a time when the hefty challenges of new parenthood are compounded by factors like mountains of snow, subzero temperatures, frigid air that makes your whole life hurt on contact alone, and the endless pot holes caused by the aforementioned mountains of snow and cold.
Lest anyone argue that winter is hard everywhere, ask them this: Have you ever confronted bumper-to-bumper traffic in a city of 10 million with a screaming baby in the backseat, all while knowing that once you finally almost make it home, your car will likely get stuck on your residential side street, because it snowed 14 inches last night and the side streets are always plowed last? Anyone unfamiliar with this situation doesn't know what it means to survive a winter in Chicago with a baby. (And because of this, they don't know how lucky they are.) Here are some other winter truths that Chicago parents are just all too familiar with: