So since Kelsey gave me the news of Lila's existence in April we've flown to L.A., driven to San Francisco, Chicago, Table Rock Lake (thanks again Marty), and the Twin Cities twice. I think we packed in a good bit of the U.S.A. before the kid comes, and I'm spent. It's home for us for the next few months.
The problem is, the more we're home and have access to Lila's perpetually-in-progress nursery, the more we want to change things (I use the pronoun 'we' rather loosely. I'm mostly the one who moves things when it's already been determined that they should be moved/replaced). But we did find these cool mid-century white and pink dressers that are moving in this weekend. I cringed at the idea of buying any furniture the same week we have to drop a new engine in Kelsey's car (that's a whole other debacle), but they're totally the kind of dressers that will last her at least until college. So I can check that off the list. Bedroom furniture until she moves out. Check.
NEW RULE: No one is allowed to name a baby girl Lila for the next 10 years. We found it and it should be kept unique and special. Ok, so I don't have any claim to that name. I'm sure there have been thousands of Lila's before ours. And if you're reading this and want to name your baby Lila some day I guess I can't stop you. But I will consider our daughter to be her namesake forever and you can't take that away from me. Ha.
Finally, as supremely cool as the Jellycat undoubtedly is, I always pictured Lila as a sock monkey kind of kid (in review, that sentence is hilarious if you stop reading after the word monkey). So no offense, amazing and lovely wife who is currently enduring the discomfort of carrying our first child, but I'm pulling for the sock monkey. There's something classic about it; I can just picture her in hip little jeans and pink Chuck Taylors with a blanket in one hand and her monkey in the other (for arguments sake, let's call him Giuseppe) with a look on her face that boldly says, "yeah, a sock monkey. And have you heard the new Grizzly Bear album? I have. That's how awesome I am." Can't you picture it?