Friday, September 7, 2007

Making room for baby

It's hard to believe that this baby, while only the size of a lemon, is currently taking up so much space in my life. It's almost funny how much mental energy is sucked up thinkng about potential names, what will s/he look like, what kind of crib should we buy, and how can I justify eating my third milkshake in 3 days... hmmm, the trials of parenthood. But Torquil is starting to take up lots of physical space in our house also. Derek and I spent last weekend cleaning out the room that will be little Torquil's nursery. It's pretty amazing - it's actually the room that was my nursery when I came home from the hospital. I think that's one of the coolest things about renting this house from my folks, watching the cycle of families and imagining my own parents with the same excitement & fear about bringing me home to this same place. I keep nagging Derek to put up the swing I loved so much in the giant oak tree in our backyard. I'm sure we'll get around to it by the time Torquil is old enough to sit on a swing.

Poor Derek - In making room for baby, he has to lose his "man cave" of an office, well decorated with lots of manly NC State stuff (and more than a few cow/veterinary things). In its place, we're creating a nursery filled with baby stuff and Derek's office space gets relegated to a tiny corner of my craft room. So we spent the Labor Day weekend cleaning out all the manly stuff and musty vet school textbooks to make a home for the baby. Most of the NC State stuff came to my office, and many of my co-workers have commented on the explosion of NC State paraphernalia that I brought to work. (Personally, I think we need more campus administrators who love NC State the way I do!) Most of his textbooks went to his office or into storage, and his old notes headed to the recycle bin. It's a liberating feeling, cleaning out and getting rid of things that you no longer use. I'm not sure our trash collectors were too happy with the volume of trash & recycling this week, but it really does fill good to simplify. Of course, I'm sure that space will be filled with all sorts of things that every new parent simply MUST have ... like that video baby monitor that my friend swears that I really need. How did our parents ever raise us without the ability to watch our every move in the middle of the night?!


Milkshakes are a dairy product! You NEED calcium and lots of it!!

Posted by Bethany on September 12, 2007 at 05:45 PM EDT #

Awesome blog, Jen! I feel for Derek and his loss of the man-office. That was a really cool room.

Posted by Ryan on September 12, 2007 at 09:25 PM EDT #

Great blog! This is deja vu for me - I remember the nursery as YOUR nursery and I remember the swing well! Can't wait for our new baby....Love AJ

Posted by Aunt Jeannette on September 17, 2007 at 03:25 PM EDT #

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