Married with a toddler. A nurse to the littlest babies around, some days I love my job and some days I want to be a housewife. Born, raised, and living in the bay area but I miss thunderstorms in Chapel hill on a regular basis. Tar heel basketball, Giants baseball, wine and food are among my favorite things.

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In 2 weeks there will be a new person here. I’m not sure I’m ready to give up Miles’ status as an only child. I know that when I meet this little guy, I will fall instantly and overwhelmingly in love. Right now, however, Miles takes up such a large part of my heart that I can’t imagine feeling so much for someone else. I can’t imagine someone else being as perfect and complicated as he is. I know that this little guy will take over my heart like his big brother has but it’s hard to understand how it could possibly be big enough to love that way twice. 

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kimbaland:

I’ve seen insane Pinterest boards on what to pack in your hospital bag that include candles, portable speakers, a glam squad (not really, but might as well), etc.

The nurse at our child care class this weekend said to bring a going home outfit for you and baby, and maybe a nursing pillow.

Two completely opposite ends of the spectrum. 

So, moms. What do I really need to bring? 

This is what I used from my bag last time and what I plan on bringing this time. 

For Baby:

Going home outfit (a newborn and a 0-3 since I don’t know what size he will be), hat, swaddle blanket, thick blanket in case it is breezy, pacifier

For Me:

Something to wear home, a couple of nightgowns that are breastfeeding friendly for the hospital, nursing bras, nursing pads, gel nursing pads, make up, toothbrush, comb, hair ties, slippers, kindle, favorite tea bags, chapstick, lots of lotion, camera

For husband:

Nothing :). Last time I packed snacks, clothes, etc but we live close to the hospital and he ended up sleeping at home so we didn’t need any of it. Now that we have Miles, he is planning on coming home to do bedtime and wakeup with him so he will be home at night again. 

Source: kimbaland

Lately his version of playing at the park entails laying in my lap, having snack, and people watching. Can’t say I mind the extra cuddles.

Lately his version of playing at the park entails laying in my lap, having snack, and people watching. Can’t say I mind the extra cuddles.

For Miles, I had him pick out his own items. I figure I’ll paint the room a soft gray because my favorite little man loves bright colors. He picked out red sheets to go with his moose duvet cover. Also, he was the cutest trying to pick out a quilt. We went through all the display beds and I would ask him if he liked something and he would look and ponder and eventually give his answer. It came down to two and he went back and forth before decided on the moose. I never expected him to take it so seriously but he did and it was so much fun watching how excited he was to design his room. He even debated between two different road carpets and decided on this one because it had a town and he wanted people to be able to ski and get gas. I also have one fire truck poster that looks like a cartoon with a bunch of different animal firefighters to go on his wall and he wants a couple of more pictures to put up so we’ll keep looking. It’s been way more fun to do this with him than I anticipated and I hope it makes the transition easier when he goes into his room and it has the things he wanted in there. 

We will be moving into our house the week after the baby is born. I am excited and terrified and anxious all rolled together. I can’t wait to start this new chapter in a place that we can grow into and turn into our own but I hate clutter and boxes and messes and that’s exactly what this house will be full of for the foreseeable future. I am controlling my anxiety around it by planning out the kids rooms. I got the button carpet at Ikea for the baby’s rooms and I have curtains with the lime mod elephants from Miles’ nursery. I’ve been having trouble coming up with a color other than gray to paint the room (pretty much the rest of the house will be gray so I’d like this to be something else) and I’m toying with the idea of navy. I have some mod style birds in bright colors (postcards) that I am going to put in white frames and a poster I want to hang up that I’ll also frame in white. Think the navy will work?

This one is pure mad scientist.

Hiding out in our “camping tent” to get out of the rain. It’s 70 degrees and sunny. Silly boy. (at Paddock Park)

Hiding out in our “camping tent” to get out of the rain. It’s 70 degrees and sunny. Silly boy. (at Paddock Park)

Practicing his moves before dance class.

Practicing his moves before dance class.

He is so excited to go to the game today. It’s his first of the season, and possible his only given the new baby arriving in a few weeks, and he is ready to go. He wants to leave now and he’s running around the house yelling about baseball because he is just SO EXCITED. It has totally made my day to see him like this. I love baseball and some of my favorite memories growing up are from being at the park with my family and I love that we get to go to games with him. 

He is so excited to go to the game today. It’s his first of the season, and possible his only given the new baby arriving in a few weeks, and he is ready to go. He wants to leave now and he’s running around the house yelling about baseball because he is just SO EXCITED. It has totally made my day to see him like this. I love baseball and some of my favorite memories growing up are from being at the park with my family and I love that we get to go to games with him. 

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Today has been the shittiest of days and I want to calm my increasingly pissed off demeanor with an ice cold beer…or a glass of Riesling…or a lovely cocktail. Pair pregnancy with staying at my MIL’s house—drinking is against her religion—and instead I’m left wanting to pull out my hair and throw things. Also, to throw a fucking tantrum every time she walks around behind me closing the windows/doors because it is hot as fuck in here and it is finally cooling down outside and let the fucking breeze in please. Going to have to talk to husband about making the wireless stronger outside so I can work out there tonight and avoid heat stroke.