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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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. 

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Tagged by definitelyjennifer and copping out now. I love answering questions but can hear Miles stirring so I am going to skip coming up with new ones/tagging anyone. 

  1. How much time do you spend getting ready on an average day? roughly 10 min. I usually don’t get to shower at the start of my day so this is only how long it takes me to get dressed and brush my teeth while trying to not trip over Miles. 
  2. What car would you buy if money were not an issue? Tesla Model S. Husband wants one so bad and he keeps trying to figure out how we can get one in Nov when his lease is up. I think we have a less than 1% chance of it actually working out. 
  3. Have you ever had any pets? If so, what happened to them? Yep, lots so I won’t go through them all. The most important ones are Meg (the lab I grew up with), Todd (the gift my aunts got me at 13), and Red. Meg and Todd both had to be put down due to complications of old age and Red is still alive and kicking. 
  4. Do you know how your parents came up with your name? They thought I was going to be a boy and picked out the name Ari. They were pretty surprised when I wasn’t male and tossed around the idea of Ariel before deciding on Leah Rachel. Very old testament. 
  5. Are birthdays your “thing” or do you think they’re just like and day and not worthy of being extended? I would love for them to be a thing but they aren’t. Some years we manage a dinner and we usually time our yearly weekend getaway around my bday because it’s low season in the wine country. 
  6. What’s the thing you have to do on a regular basis that you absolutely loathe/dread? Putting away clothes 
  7. If you had to have an anthem, what would it be? (it could be from your youth, your current jam, etc.) This one is tough and I really have no idea. 
  8. Whenever someone takes your picture, what’s the feature you’re consciously trying to make sure looks good? All of them? I am one of the most unphotogenic people around. 
  9. Drinking water: best thing you can do for your body and i love it OR water tastes like crap, dehydrated for life? Right now it is delicious, delicious stuff. When not pregnant, I only remember to drink it when I start to get headaches. 
  10. Thing you hate shopping for the most. Bras. 
  11. One thing you’ll make sure to do differently than your parents when/if you raise your own children? Provide boundaries. They wanted to be our friends over our parents and it wasn’t the healthiest way to go.

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Husband has to work tonight and I just put Miles to bed. I’d like to say I have something super fun planned but I’m going to bed as soon as Miles stops talking to himself and I’m super excited to actually get some sleep. Wild and crazy Saturday nights around here.

I can’t believe that this was 3 years ago. I can’t believe that in a few weeks, there will be a new baby to snuggle.

I can’t believe that this was 3 years ago. I can’t believe that in a few weeks, there will be a new baby to snuggle.