Big Boy Bed – Ikea Kura Bunk Bed

Last weekend we ventured out to Ikea on a Sunday afternoon… I know – we were brave & yes it was a complete mad house. We navigated the sea of people and got our stuff and got out of there. BabyBird was a champ for most of the trip and there wasn’t anything that a box of Ikea crackers couldn’t fix.

We got this bed and liked it because it was a regular twin size and the added bonus that it can be reversed which we thought was pretty cool.  It’s the IKEA Kura Reversible Bed.

Ikea Kura Bed


We also left with the Hemnes Dresser & nightstand, a bookshelf/storage and a few other odds & ends. The real acheivement was getting all of this loaded into the back of our X3 with BabyBird in the car seat. Big kudos to the hubs on this one, especially since I didn’t help load anything and just kept BabyBird occupied and by occupied I mean we ate crackers together on a bench and watched.


When we got home that night and unloaded everything, I went online and to Pinterest (where else?) to find bedroom inspiration and ideas of what others have done with this bed.

Here are a few of the inspiration photos I found.

Aren’t these adorable? Except I can’t sew – but I love the idea of using Christmas lights under the bunk for accent lighting & using a suspension rod and curtains for some privacy which might come in handy with a little sister on the way.

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We are both pretty excited to get this room put together in the upcoming weeks so he had enough time to get adjusted. We originally were thinking of getting a regular twin mattress for the bottom bunk and use that for his bed, but from these photos I’m loving the idea of making the bottom portion a fort/hide-away for him so he has a place to hang out. While on the other hand, if his main bed is on the lower level it would make it a lot easier for him to get up by himself to use the potty during the night.

BabyBird has never once tried to climb out of his crib without us there. Especially with how tall he is and how easily he can climb other things in the house I am quite surprised he never tried to climb out of his crib by himself. Every morning he’ll wake up and call out for us me to come get him and he always greets me with such a happy smile – absolutely the best part of waking up each morning even if ::yawn:: it’s early.

Part of me is equally excited for this new big boy room but also equally sad that my baby is growing up.


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Say What?


BabyBird: “Stop talking to momma!”

Daddy: “But I like talking to momma at the end of my day.”

BabyBird: “Daddy talk to me.”


at the dinner table one night

BabyBird: “Momma, your Dora.”

Momma: “Okay, then who are you?”

B: “I’m boots.”

M: “Then who is Daddy?”

B: ::long pause:: … “Swiper!”


in the car

Daddy: “Are you being cray cray?”

B: “I’m not cray cray… I’m lonely”


laying at the foot of our bed

B: “I’m lonely”


BabyBird is 2 years & 4 months old.

Georgetown Railroad

Last Monday, we drove up to the mountains to ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad on one of their diesel locomotives through the Clear Creek canyon. Or in other words, getting to ride a Thomas-like train and blow the mind of a 2.5 year old. I’ve learned {the hard way} to not tell BabyBird what we are doing the night before so I waited until that morning to surprise him with the day’s activity. We talked about it all during breakfast and the ride up to Georgetown – about 1.5hr car ride from our house. We met up with our good friends who we’ve known since our kiddos were still baking inside of us and our two boys are less than 2 weeks apart in age. And ironically enough we are both pregnant again and with girls this round and they will be about 2 months apart in age.

Once we got up to Georgetown and bought our tickets, the boys totally understood what was about to go down. BabyBird was so excited to get on the train and I think the anticipation of actually getting on the train was equally if not more fun than the actual train ride.







The ride was a total of 1 hour – which was a bit long for a 2.5 year old. He loved the first 30 minutes and sat still for the ride, but on the way back he was much more wiggly and ready to get up and walk around and I also ran out of snacks. The look on these two boys faces whenever the train went choo-choo at intersections & crossings was absolutely priceless.

Afterwards, we headed into town to a local cafe for some sandwiches and took them to a nearby park to eat & play. Georgetown is not that big, it’s a cute little mountain town so just imagine two pregnant chicks {with one that is due in 2 weeks} walking waddling through downtown in matching jogging strollers with two little half-asian boys in tow. We were quite the sight. And it didn’t take long for the employes at the cafe to notice along with some of their customers to remark just how adorable we were.



The park was awesome, it had a cute tree-house theme but the best part was this little fountain in the middle which left a puddle. Guess who played in that for almost an hour? And yes, he got completely soaked – that’s why you see him in 3 different outfits in these pictures.



Dear Playground Designers: Why would you do this? I realize that it’s cute and all for the adults to pick a font that is kid like, but for any kids that attempt to read or recognize the letters it is just so confusing. BabyBird kept asking me why the letters were uh-ohs.



Can you just see how tired he looks in this picture? This was about 3 hours after his normal nap time, but he was in good spirits. We headed home afterwards and he promptly crashed in the car ride home. I guess that’s a sign of a good time.


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Five on Friday : This Week


Last weekend we spent an afternoon at a friend’s house for a get together and BabyBird had the best time running around and playing with his buddies that we’ve known since they were infants and now most of us are pregnant with #2. So it was a bunch of 2.5yr old toddlers running around and mommas with bumps.

And he may have also consumed a few brownies.




We went to the pool Saturday morning and he had a great time with Daddy going down the big slides and splashing around. He is such a water baby and completely fearless when it comes to the slides. They must have done the slides at least a dozen times in the 1.5 hour we were there.



Which then leads to…


Epic naps. Except before this lovely picture below of an completely passed out toddler, he had the mother of all tantrums in the car ride home from the pool. He insisted on listening to Adele (and asked in a whiny voice and we were trying to teach him to ask nicely but it just spiraled out of control) in the car – I usually let him pick the music and it’s either Adele, piano songs or his music class CD but he was just 1. exhausted and 2. stubborn as all hell on wanting to listen to Adele and was cranky the entire ride home. At first it was a bit amusing to see him so worked up and then it just kept going and going – for the full 20 minutes. Now this kid rarely cries or throws tantrums over things but I think the combination of being worn out at the pool did him in. This was probably the longest he has ever cried since sleep training days.



On Monday, BabyBird and I headed to Georgetown with our friends to ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad. He had a blast and was so excited to get on the train but about half way through he was done sitting still on a train going 10mph (not kidding) but it was a really fun day. And this kid also tanked the whole day – we skipped his afternoon nap and he played for almost 3 hours at a park and barely ate lunch and only napped for about 30minutes on the car ride home and did it all in good spirits and no meltdowns. More on this next week along with some pretty goofy pictures.





Swim lessons have been going great this summer, we are only on our 5th lesson and he’s really catching on. In the beginning BabyBird was a bit hesitant on getting his face wet and didn’t want water in his eyes, but now he is getting a lot better. Most of our lessons have been private or with one other person (which have been awesome) and it’s held at a local swim school where not only do they teach him how to swim but also water safety and survival. The 30 minute swim lesson with momma in the pool is a workout for me, especially being 28+ weeks pregnant. Along with doing so well in swim lessons, BabyBird has also taken to wanting to shower in the evenings more and not wanting to take baths – because baths are for babies. Obviously. Can I just say it’s pretty adorable seeing this little guy standing in a shower washing himself?