Monday, May 9, 2011

3 Little Birds

About three years ago we rose up one morning to find a bird had made a nest on our front door wreath.  It was nice because we could look out the window and look into the nest.  It was very exciting!  

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." ~ Eda J. Le Shan
At the same time, my wife was pregnant with our first child. Even more exciting! As first time parents-to-be we enjoyed observing the birds and my wife's belly grow.
"Having a child is surely the most beautiful irrational act that two people in love can commit" ~ Bill Cosby  
As my wife moved along with her pregnancy she began to prepare our home for the arrival of a baby by cleaning, fixing and organizing everything. Coincidentally, this motherly ritual of preparing the home is referred to as “nesting”.  One project on our to-do list was to add a screen door to the front of our house.
"People are giving birth underwater now. They say it's less traumatic for the baby because it's in water. But certainly more traumatic for the other people in the pool." ~ Elayne Boosler
The date of the door install was quickly approaching and we were concerned about the birds.  If we installed the door the mother bird would not be able to reach her baby birds in the wreath.  If we moved the wreath we were worried that the mother would smell us on the birds and stop feeding them.  What to do? 

"There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it." ~ Irena Chalmers
Three years have gone by and again a bird has made a nest at our house and once again my wife is pregnant.  This time around, our “nesting” process has progressed along much slower.  We have about two months to go and a whole lot of work still needs to be done.
"Diaper backwards spells repaid. Think about it." ~ Marshall McLuhan
Three years ago we went to bed not sure what we were going to do about the bird nest in our front door.  The day before our screen door was going to be installed we woke up to find the birds flew away.  Everything worked out perfectly.
"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one" ~ Leo J. Burke
While we still have a lot to do to be ready for baby number two, I’m confident that we will have everything ready in time.  We don’t have to worry about a thing... every little thing is going to be alright!