What a wonderful day we had yesterday... a day trip up to 'the mothership', i.e. Ikea. We started off with a big plate of meatballs, and then made the five mile hike around the rest of the store! Big successes: baby crib bought, baby mattress bought, spare bed --that really seems comfortable-- bought, stripy pillowcases bought, and much fun had with a stuffed rat.
And now it feels like we're really having a baby! Because Ikea, really, is only somewhere I get to go when big life changes are happening... we made the drive to the one in Phoenix two years ago when we got married and lived in Arizona, and now we've driven over to Austin to get set up for the new stage of life. And it might seem a little silly, but I feel it's sort of our family tradition. I grew up in a house right out of an Ikea catalogue, and so even though my family live a long way away, this is one of the very everyday ways I feel closer to them... sitting on our Ektorp sofa, putting books away on Billy bookcase, setting drinks on the Lack tables, and, soon, assembling the Expedit shelves and Gulliver crib for little Tilly!